Elton John – Who Wears These Shoes (UK 12″)

Burning The Ground Exclusive 1984

“Who Wears These Shoes” was the second single taken from the LP “Breaking Hearts” by British singer/songwriter Elton John. The song peaked at #18 on the US Billboard Hot 100 on October 26, 1984, after spending seven weeks on the survey.

The 12″ included two previously unreleased b-side, tracks a live version of the Motown classic “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” and “Tortured” which was recently included in the Elton John compilation “Jewel Box”.

Who Wears These Shoes (Extended Version) 6:04

I Heard It Through The Grapevine (Recorded Live At Wembley – Previously Unreleased) 5:45

Tortured (Previously Unavailable) 4:38

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1984 Who Wears These Shoes U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #18

Label: The Rocket Record Company ‎– EJS 612
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: UK
Released: 1984
Genre: Rock, Pop
Style: Pop Rock, Classic Rock

Photography By –  Tom Sheehan (3)
Sleeve – C-More-Tone Studios

“Who Wears These Shoes” original version can be heard on the LP “BREAKING HEARTS”

Find the 12″ at DISCOGS


Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge/Stylus: Ortofon 2M Black
Turntable Isolation Platform: ISO-Tone™ Turntable Isolation Platform
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck
Phono Pre-amp:
Pro-Jec Tube Box DS2
Alpha Design Labs GT40a USB DAC
Record Cleaning
: VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans
: Epson Workforce WF-7610 Professional Printer/Scanner

Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling/Dither: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

Password: burningtheground

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18 thoughts on “Elton John – Who Wears These Shoes (UK 12″)”

  1. Love this 12″! One of Elton’s best and most underrated… I know you’ve gotten requests to repost this one so thank you Paul!!

    1. You’re welcome, Retro Hound. I love that you guys have found the like button at the bottom of each post 🙂

  2. Elton would be wise to release a DJ box for all of his 12″ remixes. But since that won’t happen I cant think of a better way to hear these mixes than from an actual DJ. I can’t say I’ve heard this mix before, nor the live version of Grapevine. Very Cool. Thank you Paul.

    1. Hey Joey, I like what you said about Paul. Maybe, the buzz here on BTG could persuade Sir Elton to change his mind on releasing his 12-inch discography, a “DJ Box” as you called it. I really feel that Paul and his Burning The Ground site can convince labels, artists and fans alike to seek out product for more lucrative dealings. Because of Paul, I have been purchasing the artists’ releases. This is a great promotional tool and I appreciate Paul’s massive efforts in the support of the artistry of the 12-inch mix.


  3. Interesting…I’ve never heard this song which is strange since it peaked at 18 in the USA. This is definitely 80’s Elton sound/style!!
    Thanks for the great rip!

  4. Thanks a lot Paul for all these cool 12-inch versions of Elton John songs. You’ve got such a huge collection of twelves that it just makes you all the more awesome than you already are.


  5. Excellent choice Paul. Unfortunately all Elton’s 12″ versions were omitted on the compilation Jewel Box. Thanks to you we get them here in pristine quality. Hope to see also a re-rip of the excellent Nobody wins 12″.

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