Fashion Trends and Popular Shoes Worn in the 80s

Updated on March 16, 2018
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Sabrina is a connoisseur of popular culture and appreciates the nostalgia of 80s fashion trends.

80s fashion has seen its revival in popular culture today.
80s fashion has seen its revival in popular culture today. | Source

What's the Inspiration Behind the Fashion Trends of the 80s?

There are some things people remember about the 1980s, and shoes are definitely on that list. The trendy shoes that children and adults wore in the 80s were somewhat different in style than they are now, as many of these designs are back in fashion.

Most of the 80s trends came from watching television shows, commercials, and music videos. If there were famous people on TV that wore high-water pants (Michael Jackson), then it would become a fashion trend. Some people remember "alligator shirts," and some remember the ever-so-popular Jheri curls.

Most people in the 80s got fashion trend ideas and inspiration from TV shows like:

  • Different Strokes
  • Dynasty
  • Silver Spoons
  • Miami Vice
  • Family Ties
  • The Facts of Life

Prince was an iconic trendsetter in the 80s.
Prince was an iconic trendsetter in the 80s. | Source

Musicians and the Fashion Trends They Made Popular

Music videos also had an effect on the 80s shoe and clothing trends. The music videos and musicians behind these trends were:

  • Madonna
  • Michael Jackson
  • Boy George
  • Cindy Lauper
  • Jody Watley
  • Prince
  • Duran Duran

What Shoes Were Worn in the 80s?

Shoes worn in the 80s were fun to wear—at least children thought so. Some children didn't get to wear all the name brands and had to wear shoes from local grocery stores. Parents in low-income areas had to buy styles that they could afford for the time being, and these shoes were called "bubble yums" by other children. As a child, I'm glad to have owned pairs of LA Gears, Crayons, Jellies, Click-Clacks, Pumas, K-Swiss, Reebok, Lotto's, and other brand name shoes. The 80s shoes bring back good memories for many people of the decade or era.

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Freestyle Hi in 1985GL6000 in 1986EspadrillesConverse High Tops
Freestyle Hi in 1985
Freestyle Hi in 1985 | Source
GL6000 in 1986
GL6000 in 1986 | Source
Espadrilles | Source
Converse High Tops
Converse High Tops | Source

The Most Popular Shoes of the 80s

  • Jellies
  • Crayons
  • Stacie Adams
  • Vans
  • Converse All Stars
  • Gas
  • Buster Browns
  • Penny Loafers
  • Boat shoes
  • Karate shoes
  • Crocasacks
  • Louis Vuitton
  • Adidas
  • Fila
  • Lotto
  • Guess

Jellies Were All the Rage in the 80s

Popular Shoe Styles Continued

  • Gucci
  • Pumas
  • K-Swiss
  • LA Gears
  • Nike
  • Reebok
  • Swede flats
  • Leather flats
  • Leather hills
  • Leather pumps
  • Leather sandals
  • Espadrille
  • Oxfords
  • Dr. Scholls (Click Clacks)
  • Tassel Moccasins
  • Timberland's men casual wear

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Air Jordan 1Suede PumasSuede was a popular style of leather.
Air Jordan 1
Air Jordan 1 | Source
Suede Pumas
Suede Pumas | Source
Suede was a popular style of leather.
Suede was a popular style of leather. | Source

Hottest Trends of the 80s

Airbrush Art
Popular clothing decor
Chunky jewelry and necklaces, bracelets, anklets, rings, hoop earrings; 14-karat gold
Name brand blue jeans; stoned washed, stretched, bell bottom, and the skinny jean
Snakeskin style, belts, purses, and shoes in many colors
Acrylic Fingernails
Airbrush designs and snakeskin acrylic nails
Madonna was an early trendsetter of the 80s.
Madonna was an early trendsetter of the 80s. | Source

80s Fashion Is Seeing a Revival

The fashion trends of the 80s were popular then, and some of the trends are popular today. Many people like many things about the 1980s, and watching TV shows from this era brings back a few memories. It seems many styles come and go, but some may stay like Nike shoes, hoop earrings, boat shoes, and similar token trends of the 80s.

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      Brinafr3sh 3 years ago from West Coast, United States

      Hi Shirley, I agree the Crayon shoes should be sold again. They are cute and casual. I had the black suede Crayon shoes with the transparent blue heel, when I was a child in the 80's. It would be great if they were sold in every color like they were in the 1980s.

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      Shirley 3 years ago

      When will Crayon Shoes come back? I loved them! Someone please bring them back, only with heels from 1in. to 3in.!

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      Brinafr3sh 5 years ago from West Coast, United States

      Hi Hubert, people like a little old school history. Glad you this hub, thanks.

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      Hubert Williams 5 years ago

      A very good hub about what we ude to wear. I have to look into the dirty clothes basket to remember what I wore yesterday. I still enjoyed your story. Thanks. Up and Interesting

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      Brinafr3sh 5 years ago from West Coast, United States

      Hi Incomeguru, Yeah some of the shoe styles in the 80s are in now, I agree. I like nearly everything oldschool. Thanks for your comment.


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      Oyewole Folarin 5 years ago from Lagos

      Shoes wore in the 80s are what designers of today redesign to form those trending now. Very interesting hub. Thanks for sharing this old skool stuff.

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      Brinafr3sh 5 years ago from West Coast, United States

      Hi ChristinS, Thanks for reading this article, glad you like it as well.

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      Christin Sander 5 years ago from Midwest

      I wore many of these shoes myself. I remember the jellies for sure. I also remember Reebok tennis shoes being a big deal when I was in school too and those flats with the bows on them as well. thanks for the memories lol :) voted up and interesting.