Boots. Nothing can make or break an outfit quite like them, especially for men. Over the decades, we've seen some of the best and worst boot styles take the spotlight. From jelly shoes to Red cowboy boots, we're taking our readers on a nostalgic tour down the footwear aisle from the ‘80s. You will be surprised to find that some of these styles indistinguishably blur into today’s fashion. I think it’s safe to say, we are all a little scared that some of these shoes will make a comeback!
Our favorite thing about the 1980s is the “more is more” mentality - which is why we’re awaiting the influx of ’80s-inspired boots in 2019 or the years to come. Although, some of these styles have been making their way back onto the runways (i.e., the jelly shoes in 2017). When fashion historians look back on the ‘80s boots style, they notice that every style since the world wars has permeated modern menswear in some way. The ’80s have been in and out of the fashion scene for about 10 years now and mashing up of various decades simultaneously just seems to be part of the way fashion operates in modern times. Good for you, we are going towards the ‘80s fashion in this article - where you don’t need rules. So strap in and evaluate these boot trends from the 1980s that might still look great today.
Creepers are a style of boots which often has thick soles in combination with suede uppers. This style of footwear first became fashionable in the years following World War II. These boots usually came with detailing such as braided leather, colored suedes, and new silhouettes. Wearing creepers may bring back memories of your high school “punk” phase, but the 2019 designs available in the markets can be worn in a not-so-aggressive way. Creepers are comfortable for running errands as well as to wear to work. If you want to wear these boots to work, make sure the rest of your outfit is polished as well.
Johny Rotters, lead singer of the late-1970s British punk band the Sex Pistols was often seen wearing creepers.
We wouldn’t be surprised if you hadn’t heard of Winklepickers before. Winklepickers are one of the finest and truest pieces of alternative history that remain to be rocked primarily by die-hard traditional Goths and the alternative style obsessed. If you are a fan of alt fashion as well, you’ll love this brief history of the most alternative footwear fashion has ever known!
Winklepickers are essentially a pointed toe style of boots. The term “Winklepicker” comes from the process of picking periwinkles out of shells using a spike that the sharp toe resembles. Most styles of the winklepicker boots come rocking a super pointed toe, both for men and women. Much like the Creepers, the winklepicker boot has always been associated with subcultures as well. For their punk association, winklepickers can be traced back to popular subcultures like Teddy Boys, Mods, and the New Wavers.
English artist, Noel Fielding’s famous Winklepicker boots in silver metallic.
No one really knows when the biker or motorcycle boot first appeared. It could date as far back as the 1920s. Chippewa and West Coast Shoe Company, are the earliest known manufacturers of this style. Originally created for engineers working on America’s railroads during the Great Depression in the 1930s, it wasn’t until the ‘40s that the biker boots became the footwear of choice for motorcyclists. Also called an engineer boot, these boots are usually calf length with minimal heel and were considered as the best riding boots.
To this day, a classic biker look is not complete without a pair of black biker boots. The modern versions of these boots are not as chunky and clunky as the ones from the ‘80s. Not just for the Harley Davidson fanatics, the biker boot is a great way to add a bit of wild-child to your look without actually having to touch a motorbike. Get your pair of an '80s-inspired, modernized biker boots here.
The credit for the drastic changes in men's fashion, from the ‘70s to the ‘80s, can be bestowed to popular sitcoms of the time like - ‘The Waltons’ and 'Miami Vice'. Many stage artists and TV personalities sported signature looks at that time and defined the trends of the 80s that inspired the choices of young men. While you are still thinking about the ‘80s awe-inspiring trends, here are some history inspired Urban Shepherd Boots for you to check out that are inspired by history.