These '90s Shoes Were EverythingI haven't been much of a shoe fanatic during my life. For me, shoes are about comfort and versatility rather than fashion and making a statement. That said, I distinctly remember the one time I wanted to be in the shoe "in" crowd. It was the Doc Martens sandal craze of the 90s. Everyone in my small town was clambering to get a pair, but no shoe store could hold onto their supply. People were traveling for miles from all directions to snag a pair of those high-platformed, brown-on-other brown, heavy ass sandals. Finally, I got a pair. A year after the craze. It felt wonderful being so high above all my friends, who wore lame Adidas slip-ons. But then, of course, the shoes lost their splendor. The leather started wearing down. The shoes started to give off a smell, not unlike that of a sweaty cow, and frankly, there was no reason to be wearing 10 pounds on my feet. Along with Doc Martens, here are some other shoe styles that have come and gone. Some may make a comeback, but some should remain in the back of the proverbial fashion closet.
1. Mia sandals. How much of the earth could you get stuck in the cracked sole?
2. Chunky platform loafers. When being 10 feet tall was every woman's goal.
3. Unlisted strappy heels. Some grandma somewhere designed these shoes. And that grandma was cool.
4. Skechers platform shoes. One small step for man, one giant fall on your face for mankind.
5. L.E.I. Velcro platform sneakers. Just staying a couple of inches above the rest of mankind.
6. Candie's wooden heels. Nothing says comfort like a splinter in every toe.
7. Birkenstock clogs. These were all the beige back then.
8. Platform flip-flops––complete with fur straps. Because 'ridiculous' needed to go to new heights.
9. Mudd holographic sandals. Cinderella.
10. Rocket Dog platform rainbow flip-flops. Not even for a gay pride parade.
11. Adidas shower shoes. Seen in every dorm across the U.S.
12. Sanuk Voodoo flip-flops. You could also wash the dishes with these.
13. Steve Madden slip-ons. If you wanted someone to know you were coming, you'd wear these loud heel-slappers.
14. Doc Martens sandals. How many blisters can one heel take?
15. Chinese slippers. Remember when these were all the rage with the tweens?
16. Chinese laundry flip-flops. Again, a little height never hurt anyone...until it did.
17. Jelly sandals. I don't think you were ready for this jelly.
18. Sugar floaties. They were squishy...and then they broke.
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