You’ll never guess what’s back from the dark depths of your past...some shoes we’re glad are dead and some that have serious comeback potential! Do you remember these babies? We thought we were so cool stepping out in them!
Doc Marten Boots
They were hip, they were heavy, and anybody who was anybody had them. Doc Marten boots were the bee’s knees back in the day. That trademark yellow stitching on the upper sole may as well have been pure gold.
Jelly Platform Sandals
When they first came out, girls everywhere rushed in flocks to grab a pair of jelly platform sandals. These things made you feel like your cool older sister with enough sparkle to shimmer like a disco ball.
Talk about innovation. Whoever came up with the idea of taking an averaged flip-flop and raising it 12 stories was a true trendsetter. Platform flip-flops made short girls feel like models and were well worth the price of a twisted ankle or two.
When talking vintage footwear, it’s obvious that L.A. Gear shoes belong at the top of the list. In the 1990s, L.A. Gear was fresh on the scene with their smashing high-top trainers and L.A. Lights. You were one lucky kid if your parents sprung for a pair.
Doc Marten Sandals
Wear them in the summer with no socks, wear them in the winter with socks. The thing we loved about Doc Marten sandals was that they were so versatile! Plus, a tad bit lighter than other Doc Martens, you could actually pack them on your flight to Disneyland Paris without sending your suitcase over the weight limit.
Velcro Winter Boots
If the sight of " Napoleon Dynamite" dancing in Velcro winter boots didn’t surprise you one bit, you probably had a pair yourself. Throw fashion out the window when you feel how incredibly comfortable Velcro winter boots are! Spring, summer, autumn, winter...these boots are like slipping your tootsies in a billowy cloud.
The Original Birkenstocks
I have vivid memories of my dad walking around the garden in these vintage Birkenstocks and then later slipping them on with his whitest pair of socks to take us out for ice cream. Although Birkenstocks are making a comeback, vintage Birkenstocks are still the bomb in our book.
Water shoes made tidal waves back in the early 90s and it’s no wonder. Shoes you could wear in the water...brilliant! The thing is, water shoes crawled their way onto dry land more frequently and were spotted on children at playgrounds and adults at supermarkets.
The sporty kids at university rocked these adidas slip-ons like bosses. Worn best with knee-high tube socks, adidas slip-ons were the athlete’s leisure shoe of choice. You also wore them in the shower to ward against toe fungus.
Super Fly Reeboks
Cool kids on the block wore vintage Reebok trainers with an extra pep in their step. They were the shoes Zack and Slater wore in " Saved by the Bell" and that made them hot ticket items.
Velcro Running Shoes
For those who have a hard time growing up, or tying their shoes, velcro running shoes were an obvious choice. Grandmas could wear them on walks and teens could sport them at the shopping centre, because sometime tying your shoes is too much work.
Steve Madden Clogs
This sizzling brand brought the female population a shoe we will never forget: Steve Madden clogs. They were clunky, announced your arrival a mile away, and could hoist a football miles.
We just couldn’t help summoning up some of these blasts from the past. Haunting as they may be, we’re starting a petition to bring some of these retro shoe styles back! What would your vote be? I’m thinking Velcro winter boots could make a killer comeback!