Tuesday Shoesday – 90s footwear revival – do we really want to break our ankles?


Well, it’s true. The 90s are back. The catwalks are showcasing 90s-inspired fashion and the shops are packed full of ‘last millennium’ shoe trends. I can’t believe that I’ve already reached that age where my teen years have become ‘retro’ and I’m seeing those outfits coming back the  second-time-round. That’s the quickest way to make a girl feel her age, bah!

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But the good news is that, in truth, I’ve probably never really left the 90s. That was the best time for me: the music was my favourite cheesy pop (The Big Reunion sums that up nicely) and TV was not-to-be-missed – and not just because we didn’t have TIVO in those days – I loved Friends, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and remember Dawson’s Creek and even earlier Saved by The Bell? I was having the time of my life every friday night drinking Hooch and Diamond White at the Club 2000 disco. The only thing that was less-than-brilliant was the fashion – I looked a right state in the 90s!

But hey, if the fashion world thinks that the 90s are due for a revival, who am I to argue? So in my own small way I’ve embraced the new footwear trends and got myself a pair of Spice Girls-esque union jack platform shoes which I blogged about last Tuesday Shoesday. But that’s not the only footwear trend to pop up again – there are plenty of Spice-inspired shoes out there at the moment including flatform shoes and platform trainers – yes, the ones that Baby Spice fell off and ended up with her ankle in a cast – do we really want a repeat of this?

Jelly shoes have wobbled their way back into the shops and I’m pleased to say that Doc Martens are back in fashion! I practically lived in my DMs when I was a sulky teen, but where are they now? I want to get them out and wear them again but they’re nowhere to be found and I’m sure I wouldn’t have chucked them, seeing as they cost months of pocket-money saving. Here’s a few trendsetters including Jessica Alba, Amber Rose and Gwen Stefani who’ve been spotted in Dr Martens time and time again – probably because they are super-comfortable.

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I can’t afford to buy myself a new pair of DMs right now (have you seen how much they are these days? eek to inflation!) but I can follow the 90s footwear trend with these bargains from New Look, InLoveWithFashion and Mr Shoes:

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Author: Cassiefairy

Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.


  1. I’m the same – It’s comfort all the way for me now! That’s why I wear boots so often! 🙂

  2. Ah, I too was a shoe lover back in the nineties… but no longer can do any heel about about 2 inches. My real favs were probably not as far back as the 90’s, but were Mudd’s super chunky almost-no-heel shoes… I still have a pair that I sometime’s wear on casual Friday.

  3. I just can’t help myself singing along to the Spice Girls when the old songs come on the radio – I belt them out like I’m a teenager again! 🙂

  4. I love the Spice Girls! What a fun blast from the past 🙂

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