Popular Shoes in the 90s


Chunky is the best way to describe the '90s shoe fashion trends. The 1990s took the classic shoe to a completely new level. What were thought to be outdated platform shoes were reborn into one of Generation X's most notable trends. Everyone from hip-hop to grunge kids was wearing the clunky shoes that seemed to rise overnight.

Combat Boots

Popular among all kids were combat boots. Whether you wore a pleated skirt or Jnco jeans, it's likely that combat style boots covered your feet. An interesting fashion piece, combat boots were a creative spin on the government-issue footwear.

Doc Martens

Everyone could get down with the infamous Doc Martens, which burst on the scene in the 1960s as a counterculture must-have. Thirty years later, they made a comeback as the most popular shoe of the mid '90s. Doc Martens were customizable, and at a time when comfort and freedom of expression was at its peek, this was the chosen footwear for many. They went with everything in the '90s fashion trend from Hammer pants to baggy jeans.

Mary Janes

Shows such as "Saved By the Bell," "Blossom" and "Family Matters" all had one thing in common among their female characters: Mary Janes. These popular dainty shoes weren't only glamorized in TV shows but also in movies such as "Clueless." They were quintessential feminine toughness and everyone from adolescents to working class women wore them. Mary Janes were elegant, sophisticated and represented classic beauty. With chunky heels and straps, they were easy to walk in and comfortable. The '90s brought the platform version, differentiating them from the earlier styles.

Converse All-Stars

Everyone has apparently owned a pair of Chucks at one time in their life, and if you grew up in the '90s, you probably owned more than one pair. The Converse All-Stars were one of the most popular shoes from the decade, and like Doc Martens, was a shoe that everyone could wear. The classic white color was popular among rap and grunge culture because you could draw your own designs on them. The All-Stars were also cheap enough, averaging $25, so it was feasible to own more than one pair. These shoes were worn with everything from dresses to overalls and everything in between.

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