Flashback: 11 Shoes From The ’90s We Love

Some of the fashion trends we wore when we were younger are a little… questionable. Like, for example, these old-school shoes that we all used to be obsessed with. If I had to choose one word to describe footwear in the ’90s (and early 2000’s), it would have to be clunky. Seriously, how did we all comfortably walk around in these things?! Sure, a lot of them are still around, but they’ve been given a new look. Take a peak at these 11 nostalgic shoes and tell us what your favorite used to be!

1. Jellies
90s Shoes
OMG. These were easily my favorite shoes when I was younger. They’re kind of like the ’90s version of Crocs. I did not go to the beach without them, and I had about a million different colors. Girls, you know your closets were filled with these too.


2. Heelys

These sneakers made it completely possible to be walking one second, and then casually gliding across the floor the next second. I mean, really, they were pretty awesome. Every kid had one – they even banned them in some schools. They were basically the rebel sneakers of our childhood.


3. Skechers

Poor Skechers. They were one of the most popular shoe brands ever back in the day, and now they’re just pushing Step Up’s using Kim Kardashian. Who could forget these awesome ads including old-school versions of celebs like Christina Aguilera? Basically, if you didn’t own a pair of Skechers, you just weren’t considered trendy.


4. Doc Marten
Doc Martens are obviously still worn all the time, but in the early ’90s, people were rarely seen without them. They came in tons of different colors – these bright ones are so old school.


5. LA Lites

How cool were these when they first came out?! I remember not being able to believe that a shoe could be so cool and technologically advanced. I mean, obviously, who wouldn’t their heels to light up with every step they took? The only downside: it made winning manhunt so much more difficult.


6. Moon Shoes

Sadly, yes, these were actual shoes. Magical shoes that could bounce you around and make walking that much more fun. They were at the top of every kid’s Christmas wish-list at one point, no matter how hard it is to believe.


7. Spice Girls Inspired Platforms

Remember when the Spice Girls used to wear these ridiculously huge platform boots, and we all wanted a pair of our own because they were the fashionistas of that generation? I mean, obviously. You guys don’t know how badly I wanted my own pair of neon knee-highs – but my mom turned me down every time.


8. Platform Sneakers

For me, it was Baby Spice who made platform sneakers a must-have. That girl wore those things like it was her job! Plus, I was short so I thought these just made me look so much older. I mean, why were these so trendy? They’re crazy looking!


9. Reebok Pumps

These sneakers were worn by pretty much everyone. They gave you your own custom fitting with just a few quick pumps! Even major athletes had these things on. And they came in tons of crazy colors and patterns. Admit it, you kind of miss them.


10. Mary Janes

These particular Mary Janes are Cher’s from Clueless. And obviously, Cher was a fashion icon back in the ’90s, despite the fact that she was a fictional character. Mary Janes are obviously still around, but they really enjoyed a huge moment back then.


11. Sun Blossoms

Sun Blossoms were designed by Paula Abdul for L.A. Gear (you all owned at least one pair of shoes from this brand, don’t lie) in the early ’90s. Flowers appeared on them when they were in the sunlight! They were really girly and fun, and kind of the coolest sneakers ever.
What did we miss? What was your favorite shoe trend? Tell us in the comments!


Check out our favorite ’90s hair trends next!

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  • Liz

    Idk why everyone doesnt see anything wrong with AD’s showing pleasing women with little clothing. That shows that women are there to be used just for the mens pleasure (in case you didn’t know- your hub) & nothing more. I can see this world will never change unless people light up their brains and speak up.

  • Natalie Thake

    Does any body have any idea what these were called?? I used to have a pair of silver ones! And my friend had blue! All I can find is these black ones! I know there sketchers?

  • Stephanie

    Back in the late 80’s early 90’s there we’re boot that looked like military boots what were they called?

    • stephanie stalions

      Doc martens

  • Hilbobil

    I had a bunch of jellies and wore them everywhere despite the fact that they gave me horrible blisters

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  • sarah

    someone please help. in the 90s (i think like 98, because i was in 4th grade and im 24 now, but im bad at math, so feel free to correct) there were these boots that were kind of platformish but still kind of low, they looked a little like combat boots, but they had a metal tag on the heel. what were they and who on earth made them??

    ps, jellies were big earlier than the 90s, but reared again mid 90s, then disappeared until a few years ago, and now theyre still cool. and great to wear in the rain!

    • Chrissy

      New rock boots.

      • Christine

        Doc martens?

  • TrendyNerdLuvMB

    Wow… heelies were so hard to use for me, jellies were comfy, platforms are so high, and doc martins? ARE AWESOME!

    -TrendyNerdLuvMB Out! 8^D

  • TrendyNerdLuvMB

    which was a few weeks ago…

  • TrendyNerdLuvMB


    -TrendyNerdLuvMB Out! 8^D

  • TheSunInHerEyes

    I remember begging my mom for Moonshoes! But she would never let me have them! I had the Heelys and the Jellies, which I find hideous now.

  • Bmblb

    I loved the jellies, but I only had one pair at a time, so my mom didn’t waste her money. I hate the new styles! They look nothing like the old ones, and don’t feel the same either. =[

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  • Carly

    Omg I was a little kid in the 90’s and remember Jellies !!! My sister had a ton of them !!! I had a Cute little pink pair wore them everywhere

  • lil_bruggz13

    oh and i’m in my second year of college lol

  • lil_bruggz13

    Heely’s didn’t come out until almost 2001.. I got a pair in 2005, and I still wear them.. I actually wore them to school 2 days ago..

  • Julia

    They were all good except Heely’s… those didn’t come out until the 2000’s.

  • ConK

    Omg, jellies! I remember when they came back in ’95, ’96. I had a pair of smoke-colored gladiator-style ones with HEELS. Yes, HEELS. Looking back, they were so ugly, I can’t believe I ever thought they were cute. And oh, the smell when you took them off! I shudder to think of it.
    Also, ZODIACS! Those were huge around ’97, too. Heelys were WAYYY later. Zodiac was where it was at.

    • Ashley

      I had those too!!

    • William Tippins

      Heelys were invented in 1999 and patented in 2000. Check out the new styles they’ve rolled out, they are so cute!