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Jackson’s Fancy Footwork
Over his more than 40-year career, Michael Jackson did some fancy footwork. While his moves were his own, classic footwear brand Bass can take fashion credit for the black penny mocs he wore in the opening sequence of his legendary 1983 “Thriller” music video. According to Sal Agati, then-EVP of footwear operations for the company, “It was a huge kick for us. We did so much business after that.” For fans who want to walk in Jackson’s shoes, they can snag a pair of the Logan mocs (at right) from G.H. Bass, now under license to Harbor Footwear Group. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the King of Pop even had his own line of shoes under an agreement with L.A. Gear, then headed by Skechers CEO Robert Greenberg. As Footwear News reported at the time, the short-lived — and poor-selling — line eventually beat it when L.A. Gear filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Jackson after the entertainer failed to produce a new album, which was part of his endorsement agreement.