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Popular shoes in the 90s

Updated April 17, 2017

"Chunky" is the best way to describe the '90s shoe fashion trends. The 1990s took the classic shoe to a whole 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 What were thought to be outdated "platform" shoes were reborn into one of Generation X's most notable trends.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 were 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's, 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

It was a style that everyone could get down with: the infamous Doc Martens. Doc Martens burst on the scene in the 1960s as a counter culture icon must-have. Thirty years later, they made a comeback as the most popular shoe of the mid '90s. Doc Martens were customisable, 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 trousers 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 glamorised 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 its chunky heel and strap, they were easy to walk in and comfy. The '90s brought the platform version differentiating them from the earlier shoe 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, then you probably owned more than one. 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 colour was popular among rap and grunge culture because you could draw your own designs on them. The All-Stars were also cheap enough, averaging £16, 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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