Posts Tagged ‘ shoes ’

DOC MARTENS

Combat boots withs swag.

Dr. Martens is a traditional British footwear brand which also makes a range of accessories – shoe care products, clothing, luggage, etc.

In addition to Dr. Martens, they are known as Doctor Martens, Doc Martens, Docs or DMs.

The footwear is distinct because of its unique air-cushioned sole (dubbed Bouncing Soles), upper shape, welted construction and yellow stitching.

They are one of the most popular and well-known footwear brands in the world, and are iconic to the fashion industry.

Skinheads started wearing them and by the late 1980s and by the early 1990s they were popular among punks, some New Wave musicians and members of other youth subcultures.

 

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ROLLERBLADES

Probably my only form of physical acitivity besides walking to the mailbox.

In-line skates (often called Rollerblades after the popular trade name) are a type of roller skates. Unlike quad skates which have two front and two rear wheels, inline skates have two, three, four, or five wheels arranged in a single line. Some in-line skates, especially those for recreation have a ‘stop’ or ‘brake’ which is used to slow down while skating.

The modern style of  blades was developed as a substitute for ice skates, for use by a Russian athlete training on solid ground for Olympic long track speed skating events.

During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Rollerblade Inc. a company founded by Scott and Brennan Olson in Minneapolis, Minnesota widely promoted in-line skating. They were so successful that their trademarked name Rollerblade became synonymous with inline skates.

They came in the most fluorescent and hideous colours but at least you were visible to passing cars.

Once I got my bearings and learnt the basics of the in-line craze I started practicing donuts in the drive way and after I mastered that it was attempting to skate backwards.

Let’s just say thanks Dad for getting me that geeky helmet and those knee, arm and wrist pads came in quite handy!

PLATFORM SHOES

Chunky was all the rage in the 90s and Platform Shoes (aka Bubble Shoes in Australia due to the plastic indents inside the wedge) were coming back with a vengeance.

We can blame this fashion disaster on those 5 lasses from the UK formerly known as the Spice Girls.

Platform Shoes looked very similar to disco boots from the 70s and were made of plastic, cork or wood. With over-exaggerated thick heels they served one purpose: to elevate.

In the early 90s, UK fashion designer Vivienne Westood  re-introduced the high heeled platform shoe into high-fashion by wearing a pair of five inch platforms however it didn’t catch on until the late 90s when Spice Girls began performing in the giant pumps. The trend firmly re-established itself in the developed world of fashion.

Was it in fear of being branded a fashion outcast the reason I bought these fugly things. Of course not!

At the tender age of 14 I was barely 5 feet, I didn’t care about being another lemming and kickin’ it with the in-crowd but in all honesty my Bubble Shoes felt just as comfortable as a pair of Chucks and I especially liked how they added an extra four inches to the vertically impaired.

Exhibit A: of how one spends so much money and still manages to look so cheap [hangs head in shame]

LA GEAR LIGHTS

I don’t care what anybody thinks but nothing says swag like a pair of LA Gear Lights!  Back in the day (1992 that is) a pair of kids LA Lights would set you back 50 beans from Footlocker.

“Light Gear” CrossRunner shoes had built-in red LED lights in the heels so that when your foot hit the ground they would light up.

By 1993 the footwear’s popularity began to dwindle with the company restricting access to the shoes in an attempt to gain more upscale clientele. However, in doing so the company was so desperate to sell the remaining inventory that LA Gear shoes began showing up at flea markets, swap meets and supermarkets.

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