Are you a lover of giant hooped earrings, cropped tops, and neon stilettos? YAY for you! Points out one of fashion’s most influential publications, W Magazine, eighties-inspired clothing is THE fashion trend of 2017. For shoe lovers, this means getting your head around the 1980s shoe revival – read on to find out what shoe styles are making waves right now…
Basketball has always been a big sport in the USA but in the 1980s lucrative television deals – and the rise of hip-hop culture – took basketball-inspired fashion stratospheric. Branded basketball caps, oversized basketball shirts and high-top sneakers became go-to items essential for street cred – Nike Air Jordans were the kicks to which every cool kid aspired. Now, eighties-inspired hi-tops are back – as seen on the feet of celebrities like Kaia Gerber, Olivia Wilde and our very own shoe style queen Bonang Matheba.
Bonang was in sneakers (Jordans!) today and I believe in my dreams now coz anything is possible pic.twitter.com/qxceWJaqn7
— Sibongile Mafu (@sboshmafu) April 29, 2016
The 1980s was undoubtedly the stiletto’s finest moment – a power shoe to go with those eighties power suits, the stiletto court helped raise women to new heights. Now back in the limelight where it belongs, the contemporary version of the eighties stiletto is both stylish and fun – whether you go for high-heeled courts in classic black and nude, or bright colours like pink or yellow, wear ‘em with pencil skirts or wide-legged pants to the office, or skinny pants for a girls’ night out. Local actress and socialite Amanda du Pont shows us how it’s done…
|Not feeling the heels? Point your toes in ballet flats, instead! A quintessentially eighties shoe, made popular by the late Diana, Princess of Wales, ballet flats are enjoying a resurgence. Its versatility is why this shoe style is so popular – wear it with everything from retro skirts and dresses to skinny jeans and leggings. Our favourite South African export Charlize Theron swaps out her heels for ballet flats when she wants to be comfy, and so should you!|
|No ordinary sandal, jelly shoes are transparent, plastic, glittery and totally eighties cool! These shoes had their origins in Brazilian beach culture before becoming a high-fashion item on streets around the world in the late eighties and early nineties. Not content to fade from glory just yet, the jelly shoe is back! Fashion icon Rihanna’s jumped on the jelly bandwagon, collaborating on her own version of the classic jelly with Puma; and even the uber stylish Michelle Obama’s been spotted wearing jelly shoes! Dress them down, or up like American rapper Azealia Banks did at a recent awards ceremony…|
|A menswear-inspired look, Oxfords were a shoe staple in the 1980s, worn with baggy pantsuits and topped off with a foppish hat. Boasting comfort and style, it’s no wonder this shoe’s making a comeback. They look equally fab with skinny jeans and a smart shirt, or with leggings and a baggy sweater – you can even don a pair with a skirt, making this shoe a handy addition to your shoe collection. For shoespiration, check out chic-geek Emma Watson in her Oxfords…|