Ah, the ’90s: Nirvana, Clueless, patchouli and flannel. And, oh yeah, some truly horrific shoes. After all, the footwear fashion of Generation X was a bizarre mishmash of either looking like you were about to go clean your garage or meet a really tall visitor from outer space.
Casual rubber sandals were the rage, but then so were kicks that sparkled, lit up, rolled and bounced. There were shoes that strove for an au naturel look, like moccasins and Birkenstocks, and shoes that looked so plastic that they’d surely melt to your feet if you stood too close to a fire. Here, then, we gather together some of the funniest and most bizarre ’90s shoes – so crank up the Alanis, put on a toe ring and let your feet relive their glory days.
20. Foam platform sandals
Remember that time we thought it would be incredibly sexy to stomp around on foam platform sandals? Yep, we cringe at the thought, too. Still, these shoes made dancing to Lisa Loeb extra dangerous – which also made it extra fun.
19. Heeled jelly sandals
Clearly we didn’t get enough of a jelly fix during the ’80s and so needed to go the extra step by adding thick heels to these plastic monstrosities during the following decade. What were we thinking?