'90s Shoe Trends That Arouse Our Curiosity
We can’t help but notice the outpouring of love the ’90s has received on the runways (and by retailers) lately, so we decided to take a look at some of the decade’s most popular shoe trends that are (finally!) back in style.
The Spice Girls may no longer be around, but that doesn’t mean die-hard fans have stopped worshiping the pop group’s unrivalled sense of style. Sporting platform sneakers, such as the styles commonly seen on Baby and Ginger Spice, won’t just bring you back to the glory days of girl power but will also make your gams look longer—which is welcome in any decade.
The clobbering of wooden heels hasn’t quieted down since clogs first became popular in the 1970s. The trend amassed a new wave of followers in the ’90s and are making yet another go-around today. Seven-year-old brand Swedish Hasbeens, which counts Sarah Jessica Parker among its fans, has gained a tremendous cult following.
Slippery, PVC plastic shoes have not lost their appeal over the decades, and are now available in a range of shapes, colors and price points. Brazilian brand Melissa has seen much success with their collection of high-end Vivienne Westwood designs, while large retailers such as American Apparel and Urban Outfitters can’t seem to keep them in stock.
Sexy secretary-like kitten heels are competing with today’s bold, in-your-face platform styles for a subtle touch of sass seldom seen in the boardroom. Rihanna is among the many celebrities helping to take the delicate trend mainstream.
From Angela Chase’s choice footwear in My So-Called Life to Daria and Jane’s cartoon uniform in Daria, nearly every teen in the ’90s swore by combat boots. Fall/Winter 2011’s military-inspired fashions re-introduced the trend, with everyone from Gucci to Dr. Martens jumping on board.