The Bally Shoe company was founded as "Bally & Co" in 1851 by Carl Franz Bally (1821-1899) and his brother Fritz in the basement of their family home in Schönenwerd in the Canton of Solothurn, Switzerland. In 1854, a shoe factory was set up in the village but Fritz Bally left the fledgling business and Carl Franz Bally carried on under the corporate name "C.F. Bally."
Bally shoes gained a popularity with rappers in the late 1980s due to their luxury status. Bally shoes are specifically mentioned in songs by a wide array of rappers ranging from Jay-Z to Dana Dane. Doug E. Fresh and the Get Fresh Crew (featuring MC Ricky D aka Slick Rick) may have been the first to mention Bally shoes in a rap when they put the line, "Put on the Bally shoes and the fly green socks," into "The Show/La Di Da Di" (1985). Bally shoes are iconic of old-school hip hop.
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