Obsolete Fashion: Are You Ga-Ga for Go-Go Boots?

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Images (clockwise from top left): Sarah Richmond, Iluvretrothings.blogspot.com, Star-Telegram

Before the mid-1960s, women wore boots in inclement weather or while engaging in outdoor activities Рnever for fashion. But as skirts and hemlines rose in the 60s, style became all about accentuating the leg! The earliest go-go boots were only about calf-high and much more comfortable than the spiky heels that had been popular, thus making dancing much easier. This footwear made its debut to the masses on afternoon discoth̬que TV shows, and the teens that watched these programs took to go-go boots (so named for the go-go dancers who wore them) like tadpoles to water.

Soon after this, French designer André Courrèges introduced cutout go-go boots to high fashion in his 1964, space age-inspired “Moon Girl” collection. Footwear companies quickly began mass producing go-go boots for women of all ages in a wild array of heights, styles, and colors, and a leather shortage, along with the era’s space age craze, even prompted shoe construction in vinyl and plastic.

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Images: Flickr user Bradleyloos (left), Easydreamer.blogspot.com (top right), Kitschy-Kitschy-Coo.com

Nancy Sinatra’s 1966 hit song, “These Boots Are Made for Walkin,'” helped further popularize go-go boots, and by the end of the 1960s, they were a commonplace wardrobe staple, worn day or night. Their popularity continued into the 1970s (as demonstrated above by ABBA as well as a group of flight attendants, who were required to wear them as part of their uniforms).

As the decade progressed, though, longer skirts and pants replaced the leggy silhouette of the 60s that lent itself to tall boots, and the fashion designer’s focus shifted back to the development of the heel and platform.

What do you think, ModLovers? Would you swap out your stilettos for go-go boots? Cast your vote, and/or leave a comment below!

Tell us! Are you ga-ga or gagging over go-go boots?


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    Alicia 05/04/2010 at 6:02 pm #

    I love the 60’s – especially the go-go boots!

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    shelby Petersen 05/05/2010 at 1:36 am #

    I got all excited because I thought Modcloth was leading up to announce they were going to start selling some gogo-inspired boots. Because, everyone one knows that hem-lines sure are rising lately!

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    Emily 05/05/2010 at 1:57 am #

    I would love a pair! Hint, hint. Cough, cough. Nudge, nudge. 🙂

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    Sophie 05/05/2010 at 7:53 am #

    These are cool 🙂
    I think they would be really cute in colors other than white (I would destroy white boots on five seconds flat).
    I’m going to join in on the hint hint wink wink sell some go-go boots here ahem ahem 😉

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    Ashley Mickelson 05/05/2010 at 11:19 am #

    I WANT A PAIR hahaha…..hint hint…. 😉
    sell the boots nudge nudge i am joinin the hint hint….. 😉

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      Linda Marie 03/28/2015 at 3:29 am #

      Mine are for sale. $100
      size 9, white leather, back zip
      good condition

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    Katelyn Likes This 05/05/2010 at 1:48 pm #

    I’m not really a fan. I actually had a pair like this in the late 90’s when the whole chunky-heel calf boot was in. they were a pleather too. Don’t feel like going back there.

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    Martha 05/05/2010 at 11:51 pm #

    I’d totally trade in my stilettos (but not my hiking boots) for a pair!

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    Gitte 05/06/2010 at 11:56 am #

    I’d love a pair of go-go boots and also would love if Modcloth started to carry more clothes along the go-go lines!

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    Jεƨƨıcα 06/10/2010 at 10:00 pm #

    ʅσνє тнєм!!!
    wнere cαɴ ɢeт ѕoмe??

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      Linda Marie 09/15/2013 at 10:51 am #

      My pair is the white, leather, back zip, 10 inch high model. Markings are long gone but I wear size 9 and they fit me fine. Would sell. Send your e-mail and I can send some pictures.

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    Linda Marie 03/15/2011 at 2:01 pm #

    I still have my pair!

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    Lucy Letram 03/21/2012 at 9:45 am #

    If ModCloth sold these, I would DIE of love!<3

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    shawn g. 09/29/2014 at 10:56 am #

    Hey, can men wear gogo boots, too…?

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