Monday, April 13, 2015

K is for Kicks

This month I'm participating in the A to Z Challenge. My theme is the 80s. Today's letter is:



While the word "kicks" has long been a nickname for shoes, in the 80s it was used for athletic shoes. And in the 80s, we rocked the athletic shoe. There were colorful high tops.


And colorful canvas shoes.


And the checkered canvas shoes pictured on the cover of the Fast Times at Ridgemont High soundtrack.


But we had some other cool shoes, as well. I remember having jelly shoes. I think these have been back in style at least once since the 80s.


There were also these cool suede ankle boots that I liked so much, I bought another pair when they came back in style in the 00s.


One of my favorite pairs of shoes was my jazz shoes. They were comfortable and went with the cool patterned pants that were so popular in the mid-80s. They had to be polished constantly, though...which may be why they haven't come back in style yet.


What's the best pair of "kicks" you've ever owned?

85 comments:

  1. I had a pair of leather ankle boots which I loved. And a colourful canvas pair.
    Mostly I look for comfort. Which dates me like nothing else. When I look at fashion (all fashion not just shoes) the first thing in my mind is not how it looks, but how it will feel.

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    1. That's how I feel about it now! Even as a teen, though, I didn't often wear high heels. They just aren't all that comfortable. I don't remember the jelly shoes being all that comfortable, now that I think about it.

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  2. Umm... I just had regular sneakers. Nike, Adidas, etc.

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    1. I think I remember having hot pink high tops like the ones in the top picture at some point--but mine were L.A. Gear.

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  3. Suade ankle boots were my favorite, as well as the carryover from the 70s YoYos.

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    1. I had to look that one up. I didn't know those shoes were called YoYos!

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  4. The only shoes I had from your list were leather ankle boots. I thought they were sooooo 'New Wave!'

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    1. I know! That was around the time all the New Wave clothes were in, too. 1984 or so?

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  5. my fave in life was a pair of beige Reeboks with olive green details. It had flexible soles and the construction was soft as socks so they were heavenly to wear... I'd buy five pairs of the model if they were still in production :(
    As a kid I haven't had sneakers because we were poor, and then the whole country was poor... and we all dreamt of having them :)

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    1. I tend to do that now--if I find a pair of shoes I like, I wear them out. I have a pair I wore yesterday that I wore all last summer...they're looking a little tired, but they're just now broken in well!

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  6. I have painful bunions so when I get a pair of footwear that fits good I buy another pair just because it's so hard to find something that fits well. I hate shopping for footwear for that reason...My favorite pair of shoes was a pair of high heels and I had a par of those clunky platform shoes at one time, oh my God... I haven't worn high heels since I realized that they were invented to torture women. hahaha. I can't wait till it's warm enough to wear sandals. I usually wear my walking shoes daily because they fit comfortably.

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    1. It's already been warm enough to wear sandals here. It's that time of year when it's hot during the day and cold at night, so you'd better dress in layers if you're going to be out all day!

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  7. We called the ankle boots pixie boots and I had a couple of pairs back in the day :) Never been able to wear normal shoes, so never had any jelly ones though.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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    1. I never heard anyone refer to the ankle boots by name, so we may have called them pixie boots, as well! They didn't seem to be in style in my school long enough to get a name.

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  8. Lovely stroll down memory lane! Still remember those Clark's sandals, the feel of them when new, worn with my gingham dress. The soles a kind of rubber and creamy white, until I squashed all the tar bubbles in the lane.

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    1. I had to look up Clark's sandals... I'm still not sure. They make them today so I'm not sure which ones. I had some sandals that are called huarache sandals. Kind of like these, but I couldn't find the exact ones.

      http://www.liketotally80s.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/80s-huarache-sandals.jpg

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  9. I was out of the kicks revolution by the time I needed sneakers haha I do have blue sneakers now, that count?

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    1. My husband and I were discussing that--apparently if you have white sneakers, you're considered "old." But it's not like a man can get away with the brightly-colored sneakers that are in style now past a certain age. I wear hot pink sneakers because I like them!

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  10. I had ankle boots just like the ones in your pic and I loved them so much!! I could never wear the jelly shoes as they totally killed my feet.

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    1. I don't remember them being painful but I'm sure they were. You can tolerate a lot when you're a teenager who cares more about how you look than how you feel!

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  11. Hahaha, I forgot all about jelly shoes. I had a pair of candies jelly shoes that I loved, though they made my feet sweat terribly. My favorite 80's shoes were probably moon boots.

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    1. YES! I don't remember them being painful but I do remember them making your feet sweat. Now teens wear Uggs with no socks...it's never pretty when they take those Uggs off!

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  12. All the guys wore Reebok hightops wth the tongues sticking up over the tapered cuffs of our pants in the 80s. Oh heck yeah. I hope that style NEVER comes back, though.

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    1. I remember the issue with tennis shoe tongues in the 80s. I always thought it was weird, but that was how all the guys wore them.

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  13. I had to wear orthopedic shoes when I was a preteen, which of course I was made fun of for relentlessly. Then when I was a teenager and everyone was wearing Air Jordan's and Reebok Pumps and all that jazz, I rebelled and refused to wear anything with a brand name. I just never got over the original mockery and refused to follow what the other kids were doing.

    In my later years though I became partial to the classic Adidas All-star, I won't deny it. And I will spend a bit of money a good pay of running shows, but never at full price. I always buy last year's model.

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    1. My mom would always tell me when you wear designer things, you're paying for the label, which back then was true. I don't think the quality of some of that stuff was any better. Today, there are some clothes and shoes that have higher quality...but to me it seems odd to pay more for clothes that will last two years when I probably won't want to wear them that long anyway! I do pay a little more for a designer purse (although NEVER more than $80) and the type I buy always lasts much longer than the cheaper purses. I only allow myself two purses a year, though.

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  14. I had a pair of jelly shoes back in the day, though all I really remember about them was getting blisters :) Now I own too many shoes than's good for me...and live in my danskos because at least then I can be on my feet all day.

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    1. The funny thing is, I saw shoes that looked just like jellies at the Croc store when my mom was shopping there earlier this year. They looked much more comfortable and there were a bunch of young people trying them on!

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  15. oh, the high-tops with the velcro closure brought back memories. :)

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    1. Velcro was great! No shoelaces. But then the velcro wore out long before your shoes did...

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  16. Reebok high-tops!! And I had jelly shoes in every color. And jelly bracelets;)

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    1. I remember the jelly bracelets! I had the bangle bracelets made of cheap plastic in bright colors. And the matching earrings in equally cheap material!

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  17. I was an old married lady in the 80s, so I wasn't much into styles. These are fun to look at and I do remember some of them. :)

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    1. I'll probably say the same thing about the 10s!

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  18. All of these look very comfy! I'd love some of those purple ones.

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    1. I think I saw some jelly-type shoes at the Croc store in our big outlet mall. Check out Croc...they may have something like it, only comfortable!

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  19. Now I got this running though my head all day:

    Kicks just keep gettin' harder to find
    And all your kicks ain't bringin' you peace of mind

    Thanks for that!

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    1. I was thinking of that Pumped-Up Kicks song from a few years ago.

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  20. Both of my older sons had a pair of the black and white checked shoes! That is a blast from the past.

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    1. Oddly, I couldn't find a picture of those shoes from the 80s, so I just went with the Fast Times at Ridgemont High cover!

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  21. My son wore the checkerboard Vans. That's all he wanted. I hated them, but he had about three pair and then finally moved on. Thanks for that memory. It made me smile.

    Have a fabulous day. :)

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    1. And Vans are HUGE right now. Even the checkerboard ones. It's all come back around.

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  22. My best kicks are the slippers I wear every day while I'm at work (and flip flops during summer). It sure is interesting how shoes have changed over the years isn't it and how some styles keep coming back.

    betty

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    1. I'm wearing flip flops right now. If I didn't leave the house, these shoes would be all I wore during the warm months!

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  23. Oh, I love those colourful running shoes! My favourite pair of "kicks" would have to be what I affectionately call my "Slut Barbie" boots. They're knee-high, pink leather boots by Steve Madden with studs and mirrored heels. There is so much going on in those boots, I just had to buy them!

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    1. Slut Barbie? LOL, that's hilarious. I have knee-high boots I wear in the summer but they're flats, so not so sexy!

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  24. Having Talipes (club foot) I couldn't wear jellies, but I rocked suede pixie boots :D
    Sophie
    Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles
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    Wittegen Press

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    1. I loved those suede boots--so comfortable!

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  25. I love cool-looking sneakers. When I was younger, Skechers were the huge thing. All the popular kids had them. I remember wearing jelly shoes when I was really little, though.

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    1. I wear Skechers now, but I have a feeling that doesn't make me cool!

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  26. I don't remember any of these. My stepdaughter always asks me if I wore this or that in the 70s and 80s, and I always say, no, just jeans, t-shirts, and running shoes. I think I wore Saucony back in the day. I'm sort of clueless with clothing.

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    1. I had to look up what Saucony was.

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  27. I long for LA Gear High Tops! If I had known they were going to stop making them I probably would have stocked up!

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    1. They were pretty awesome. And comfortable!

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  28. I had a pair of the high tops. They went well with my neon green and pink over sized shirts. lol

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    1. I loved the fluorescent fashions of around the mid-80s!

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  29. I remember having a pair of Jellybean shoes. Good time, the 80s.

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    1. They certainly were--fashion-wise, anyway!

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  30. I probably shouldn't admit how long I begged for those Reeboks, and the white ones with the colored stripe accents AND the LA Gears with three different color laces. All worn with scrunch socks, of course.

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    1. There's nothing like wanting something when you're a kid and having your parents say no--then you FINALLY get it!

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  31. My favorite "kicks" were two pair of Van's canvas high tops - one red pair and one blue pair with a leopard print on them. I could mix and match when I wanted something different - one red/one blue. :)

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  32. I remember the jelly shoes but never owned one because I thought plastic, feet, sweat...not for me:) I used to have ankle boots and still love them. I have purple sneakers that fit high up because they work best for my feet

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  33. I wore canvas shoes a lot. They were so comfy.

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  34. Jellies were in either still in style or back in style when I was a kid--early 2000s, mainly. And I'm a huge fan of canvas shoes, I'm in fact wearing them now.

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  35. Cute shoes. I can see why you chose them for K.

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  36. Those are all awesome kicks! I once owned a pair of wedges that I had to have in two colors. They were adorable. I wore them in high school a lot.

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  37. I like all the colorful shoes. I've never had a pair of jell shoes though.

    Sunni

    http://sunni-survivinglife.blogspot.com/

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  38. I wore boring white sneakers when I wanted those colorful ones. I also wore canvas shoes.

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  39. I loved my Keds when I was growing up. I had a lot of kicks I liked growing up. I also liked Tretorns. Great post! :)

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  40. Really loved my suede ankle boots.....still do.
    Inventions by Women A-Z
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  41. I totally had a pair of jelly shoes! And hated when they got sand in them from the playground...never felt like I could get it all out, and wet jelly shoes = bad idea.

    I loveeeeed the Pumps I had. You'd pump the air thingy on thetongue and, of course, could magically run faster afterward. Also, my black vinyl AIRWALKS.

    Too. Cool. :)

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  42. Ah shoes. The bane of my existence. I have a double wide foot, so finding shoes is always hard. I get stuck wearing men's sneakers. And all the cool shoes from the '80s didn't come in my size. Sigh.

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  43. Oh, I had those jelly shoes and lots of them, in every color! Good memories! And they were pretty comfy, but they made the bottom of your feet feel kind of gross.

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  44. any pair that lasted more than a year

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  45. Probably my nikes. Comfortable and good for walking. The other would be, like you, suede ankle boots. I have two pairs and wear them a lot. :-)

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

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  46. I really loved my black pixie boots, I had a few pair of jellies, and we would buy white keds and dye them various colors. Fun memories..

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  47. I really loved my black pixie boots, I had a few pair of jellies, and we would buy white keds and dye them various colors. Fun memories..

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  48. Such a fun theme, Stephanie..... I loved the eighties.... I was a model back then and had the privilege of modeling all kinds of crazy looking shoes...lol. But I remember going through a pair of Nikes every few months from all the walking all over Manhattan. They were the rage and all you saw were women dressed in suits and hose wearing their Nikes to work... Men, too, were dripping in Armani, sporting their Nikes, sprinting to work....

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  49. I'm from the 80's and my favorite pair of "kicks" were my white high top Reebok sneakers.

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  50. I loved those Reebok aerobic high tops! I had a white pair in the 80s when I went to aerobic class. In recent years, I needed a pair sneakers that didn't grip the surface while doing my dance workouts, so I ordered a pair of these in white. Oddly, they just don't fit my fit like they use to and aren't nearly as comfort. Having children changed my feet. That sounds crazy, but it's true. My feet are just a wee bit wider at the toes. I went from a size 5.5 to 6. Speaking of cool kicks, I had a fun pair in the 70s that I just loved, loved ~ multi-colored suede patch shoes. They were totally wild looking and I don't know what happened to those, but as I said, I loved them! Kool post!

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  51. I want a pair of those suede ankle boots! :)
    My sons refer to shoes as kicks. Little do they know where it comes from! I'm going to show them your post.

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  52. I loved jelly's... I used to own quite a few pairs. I should have bought more ... I wore them with everything ;-) ♡

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  53. Oh wow thanks for the memories. I had every shoe you mentioned except for the checkered shoes. I loved my jellies but I loved my suede boots more. Then of course you can't forget Kangaroo shoes with the pocket in the tongue or on the side. Man the memories. Thanks again and for stopping by.

    @TrinaO'Neil from
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