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A timeline history of Shoes and Fashion

The 1960's:
THE BEEHIVE BARBIE DOLLS & THE HEY DADDY-O’S (SNAP, SNAP, SNAP, SNAP)

WHAT’S GOING ON? 
The baby boom resulted in 70 million teenagers in the 1960s.  That’s a lot of kids.   And there was a lot going on.  Dance crazes like the Twist. John F. Kenney’s "Ask not what your country can do for you” speech.  Martin Luther King Jr. announced he had a dream.  The Beatles. The Vietnam War.  Protesting. Woodstock. Barbie dolls, GI Joes and Troll Dolls.  
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< Marilyn 1967. Red on ground. Andy Warhol.


          


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WOMEN’S FASHION
The 1960s didn't start out with colorful clothes. They started out like the fifties. Nothing unusual.  The "bouffant" look with that whole pooffy skirt thing with the tight top and the teased out hair piled high, high, high.

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Right: Mini skirt and gogo boots.>









But then little shops called boutiques opened selling cheap and colorful clothing for younger people. New styles emerged.  Women started wearing mini skirts, leather boots and fake eyelashes.  Anyone who could pull it off wore a mini which were sometimes 4-5 inches above the knee.
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Left: Women's 1960's styled dress>








Then black berets, tight black slacks, dark glasses and all snap your fingers and daddy-o like.  Women wore dark eye makeup. Flats. Mini skirts become much shorter. Op art became popular. The trick using contrasting colors with black and white to make a sort of optical illusion was in, in, in along with Psychedelic acid colors all the brighter and bolder.  

Later in the decade, skirts got longer along with hair and the "Hippie look" was in, man. Women wore long floor length dresses and skirts called maxis, along with peasant skirts and granny dresses, bell bottom jeans, love beads and t-shirts. It was pretty far out.

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WOMEN’S SHOES:

It's hard to discribe a distinct shoe look for the 60’s.  Conservative women stuck with the stiletto but slip on shoes with clunky heels were also popular to wear with pants. Of course, there were boots to go along with the mini skirt.  First they were loose plastic or plain leather but eventfully they morphed into clinging treated textiles.   Go-go boots were the must have and came in every different height imaginable.  
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Right: Silver Glitter Sling backs for the conservative ladies. 1960's. >








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MEN’S FASHIONS:
Whoa. Remember how I said back in The 30's Chapter that men's fashion didn't change much since the Rococo era? Well, I screwed up, daddy-o. Men's fashion experienced a dramatic change in the 60's. Say goodbye to the conservative styles of the previous decade and say hello to bright colored, double breasted sports jackets, polyester suits, Nehru jackets and turtleneck sweaters. It started out innocently enough, but then all hell broke loose. 
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<Left: Austin Powers is a perfect example of the 60's fancy look.







Men’s hair became longer and wider along with the addition of beards and mustaches. They wore Paisley shirts, velvet pants and high collared Regency jackets. Men begin to dress "fancy". By the end of the decade, men's ties were up to 5" wide and came in all sorts of crazy patterns. 

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MEN’S SHOES:
 
And since the clothes made a radical change so did the shoes. Men wore ankle boots with a square Cuban heel or Chelsea or Beatle boots.  And the colors! The colors!  They had it all.  And suede. Colored suede!
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Right: 1960's Winkle Pickers>








The conservatives stuck with the oxford, brogue and loafer of course, but we won’t talk about them.  It’s so much more interesting to talk about cool shoes in the cool colors. 

Later in the sixties the moccasin became popular in the pure hippie mode of modes.  And since hippies were so popular I could describe what in fact was considered hippie therefore giving away the secret of the hip-ness of the hippie.  But I just can’t.   A hippie was a hippie was a hippie.  Some went barefoot, some wore sandals, some moccasins and some bought regular shoes at vintage stores. All hippies are different.  Except one thing.  A hippie can never do what everyone else is doing.

Groovy, man.   

For more images of 1960's shoes, please visit my style gallery.

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