The iconic shoes on films and television
Most people have favorite movies or TV shows, and sometimes they like to emulate the things that are shown – including language, fashions, and hairstyles. There have been many incidences in the video world of very noticeable and even iconic shoes, ranging from loafers to dress shoes to sneakers. In the 1980s, a large portion of the shoes seen in movies were either Nike or adidas, though these were not the only brands represented. Shoe fashion has been sometimes been dictated by what we see on the movies and television.
Ruby red slippers and a pair of black loafers
Some of the earliest iconic shoes would be the ones on Dorothy’s feet in The Wizard of Oz – the iconic ruby red slippers that carried her home when she clicked the heels together three times and said, “There’s no place like home.” Few people fail to recognize the original movie reference when they see ruby slippers.
Another set of well-recognized shoes is the pair worn by Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face, a pair of black loafers. On the men’s side of the aisle for a similar time frame would be Get Smart’s shoe phone – arguably the first “cell phone” seen in movies and on television, and one that many people would have loved to have worn themselves – if it had worked.
Blue canvas sneakers and intergalactic boots
The Star Wars series in the late 1970s and early 1980s featured Luke Skywalker with his “Dune Piercer 2” boots which wrapped up to his knees in white cloth.
Other famous footwear on the big screen
As mentioned, the 1980s brought a variety of brand name footwear to the big screen. These included Jeff Spicoli’s black and white checkered Vans Slip-Ons in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Kyle Reese’s Nike Vandals in The Terminator, Pee-Wee Herman’s white tassel loafers, Teen Wolf’s Adidas Tourneys, Brian Johnson’s Nike Internationalists in The Breakfast Club, Ripley’s Reebok Alien Stompers in Aliens, Nike Air Force IIs in Big, and Marty McFly’s self-fastening Nike Air Mags (which still have not actually been produced) in Back to the Future.
Aeon Flux, in the 1990s, introduced a very handy wedge shoe that doubled as a container for any number of useful items. Like Maxwell Smart’s shoe, this is an option that many people would love to be offered.
Forrest Gump’s Nike Cortez sneakers in the 1994 movie of the same name were displayed as the ultimate running shoe
Captain Jack Sparrow, in The Pirates of the Caribbean sported shiny black pirate boots with wide flared cuffs. Pirate costumes hardly seem proper without boots like Captain Jack’s.
Doctor Who’s Tenth Doctor, played by David Tennant, brought us Converse paired with a tailored suit. His cream trainers with red stripes just above the sole are seen by fans as a symbol of the show. He also wore red high-top Converse in other episodes; these are also very popular among fans.
Katniss Everdeen, in The Hunger Games, wore dark brown lace-up boots. Fans who may be looking for these boots, they are made by the Frye Company and the style is named “Melissa Tall Lace.”
Last, but not least, nearly every variation of Cinderella includes a pair of dainty glass slippers, from 1950 right up to the present. While glass shoes are not practical, they are shoes every girl recognizes.