The History of Shoes: 1990s

June 20, 2017 § Leave a comment

Take a journey with us as we visit the History of Shoes: 1990s.

vintagechanel6The shoes of the 1990s were filled with different style and trends due to the fast-moving pace of fashion in that decade. We have done some extensive research to find some of the most memorable styles during the 90s.

  • Loafers
  • Mary Janes
  • Suede Sneakers
  • High-Top Sneakers
  • Mules
  • Clogs
  • Knee High Boots
  • Jelly Shoes
  • Go-Go Boots
  • Black Shoes

 “Casual Chic” Sneaker Influence

Towards the later years of the 90s, men and women were becoming in love with the idea of being casual chic which consisted of unisex clothing, sweatpants, tracksuits, jeans, crop tops, and lots of denim. With heavy influence by rap music, sneakers were must-haves and the name of the shoe meant more than anything. This was a time for change in sneakers with more attention being put on the style which included the replacement of solid rubber soles with foam soles and leather replacing canvas.

A largely popular sneaker of that time was the black Nike Air Jordans high-top running shoes. Other popular brands during that time were black or white trainers by Adidas, Sketchers, and Hitec.

The Grunge and Retro-Hippie Influence

In 1992, the grunge style truly hit the mainstream world and it could be clearly seen in the fashion—especially the shoes. During the grunge period, Doc Martens shoes and boots were the rage, and high-top sneakers in colors of red, indigo, forest green, and black were a must have.

In Fall 1995, following the grunge style period, the mod retro hippie style made a surprising comeback amongst the youth with wide leg jeans coming back into style, and an instant love for black boots and chunky heels.

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