Property of Starsky & Hutch

An inventory of stuff belonging to Dave Starsky and Ken Hutchinson

Starsky and Hutch’s Nike Le Village Sneakers — September 12, 1978

Starsky and Hutch’s Nike Le Village Sneakers

Hutch’s mustache wasn’t the only major change in the guys’ Season 4 appearance: it was time to get new shoes for everyday wear! Hutch’s Tobaccos and Starsky’s SL-72s were never seen again. Both switching their Adidas to Nike at the same time sounds like The Powers That Be ordered some Nike product placement for this season. It’s funny that they ended up wearing the exact same model, the full leather version of Nike’s popular “Cortez” sneaker, released in the late 1970s as “Le Village”. Not just same model, but same color, too.

An advertisement from 1977 describes “Le Village”: “A beautiful stylish casual shoe with an athletic look. Soft, antique brown leather uppers. Cushier mid soles. As comfortable as they are long wearing.”
The price tag was $28.95.

In-universe, I love the fact that Starsky and Hutch somehow ended up with identical shoes – even if it was by accident, it didn’t bother them as they went on wearing them until the end. I wonder if they ever got their shoes mixed… Hutch probably has bigger feet, but it would still be funny if they eventually got frustrated and had to mark their shoes. Initials on the inside? Red insoles for Starsky?

I haven’t been able to track exactly the same model anywhere online (this 1979 model comes close, except for the orange text at the back), but many details can be seen well enough in the show:

Hutch’s Puma Clyde III Sneakers — October 2, 1976

Hutch’s Puma Clyde III Sneakers

These beautiful blue and yellow Pumas that Hutch occasionally wears during S2 apparently came from David Soul’s personal wardrobe. Some of the sightings in the show are extremely brief, so there may be more than I have noticed so far.

Hutch wears them (at least) in:

02-03 Murder at Sea, Part 1
02-04 Murder at Sea, Part 2
02-05 Gillian
02-10 Vendetta
02-19 Starsky’s Lady
02-23 A Long Walk Down A Short Dirt Road

I had previously identified these shoes as Puma Delphin, but the photo of David above (from T.M.) revealed details that just didn’t match with Delphin anymore. Pity – I loved that name for the shoes we first see Hutch wear at sea! But I prefer accuracy: with Puma Clyde III, every detail fits. Puma Clyde is a famous basketball shoe named after the New York Knicks’ Walter “Clyde” Frazier in 1968, and I suppose Clyde III is a further development from the mid-1970s. Frazier had wanted a light shoe, and Clyde III with its thin sole looks even lighter than the original Clyde. Suede as the material made Clydes a nice looking street shoe, too, not just an athletic shoe, though Hutch does wear these to the tennis court in “Long Walk”.

Here’s an identical pair of Clyde IIIs to appreciate the details (photo source here). This page with a picture of the Clyde III box reveals they cost $25 back in the day.

 

Hutch’s Adidas Tobacco Sneakers — September 25, 1976
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