1990s shoes were known for some funky, chunky, and even clunky trends. The shoe was strongly defined by pop culture. If you liked hip hop, you probably wore Adidas. If you liked punk, you probably rocked a few Dr. Martens. If you were a dad, you probably had a pair of grass-stained Reeboks.
We’ve taken a look at some of the most popular and daring shoe trends of the 90s. Some of these shoes have stood the test of time while others, well, we should all be happy that they have been left over the decade. Were you wearing a pair of stiletto sandals or classic Converse?
1. Skechers Roadies
Skecher Roadies was the original chunky utility-style shoe that started it all and inspired many shoes to come. Roadies were a very tame version of the platform sneaker and at the time, they were unlike anything seen before. Skechers recently relaunched the Roadies. Do you think they will make a comeback?
2. Converse All-Stars and One-Stars
Converse has stood the test of time. With kids, teens, musicians and adults all wearing them today, they’re as essential today as they were in the 1990s.
Converse was originally an elite baseball shoe, but regained popularity in the 90s as a casual shoe. They were once worn by famous musicians such as Kurt Cobain. We can now see them at the feet of Zendaya, Kate Moss and Olivia Rodrigo. What color Converse were you wearing?
3. Reebok Pump Trainers
The Reebok Pump came out in the early 1990s and was a game changer for the sneaker brand. It was made popular by Michael Chang, a famous tennis star. And of course, a few NBA legends like Dee Brown and Dennis Rodman all wore the famous Reebok court shoes.
Have you ever owned a pair?
4. Nike Air Huarache
The Nike Huarache was designed for comfort. It was designed for the average person and a good shoe for running and amateur level sports.
The shoe was released in the 1990s and was just one of many Nike shoes to hit the market during that decade. What do you use your Nikes for?
5. Spice Girl Buffalo Platform Trainers
These excessively wide platform sneakers were the favorite of most, including the Spice Girls who could be seen dancing in dresses and pumped up by these platforms. How could they not break an ankle while dancing!?
Platform sneakers are back, but will they ever be as iconic as the Spice Girl Buffalos?
6. Dr. Marten Combat Boots
Rockers, grungers, and angsty teenagers all wore Dr. Martens Combat Boots in the 90s. You could see these boots usually worn with ripped denim, patches, and jackets. The shoes have a lasting legacy and are still widely popular today, usually still worn by teenagers and adults. The brand now has over hundreds of styles to choose from. Have you ever worn these boots and been in a band?
7. Steve Madden Slinky
These shoes were a staple for hip teens, tweens, and adults in the 90s. They were simple, chunky, and considered very stylish for the decade. The sound of those shoes as someone walked still remains with us today.
Owning these shoes meant you were seen as stylish and downright fashionable.
8. Jelly shoes
These shoes were transparent, often glittery, gummy-textured sandals. Everyone from children to students and adults wore these shoes in the 90s. The shoe was also controversial because it was said to have potential health risks.
These shoes are still around today, but will they ever be as popular?
9. Adidas Superstar Sneakers
Run-DMC made Adidas Superstars an iconic shoe with their music videos that featured the shoe on their feet. The shoe features a round toe, triple stripe and low top. A recognizable shoe today, the Beastie Boys even wore Adidas on their 1992 album cover.
The shoes are still ultra popular as seen on celebrities such as Rihanna and Jay-Z. There’s no denying that the Adidas Superstar sneakers were one of the best-selling shoes of the decade.
ten. Platform flip flops
Platform flip flops were everywhere in the 1990s. Most famously on the ’10 Things I Hate About You’ movie poster.
Despite the shoe’s chunky and sometimes silly appearance, it was a favorite of celebrities and fashion icons. If you owned a pair (or two) during the decade, you were considered as cool as can be.