Go-Go Boots: A History Of The Footwear That Ruled The 1960s

By | February 12, 2019

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Nancy Sinatra, 1969 (Getty); Jennie and Terrie Frankel, 1972 (Wikimedia Commons)

Go-go boots were mod; they were space-age; they appealed to hippies and Motown divas and high-street fashionistas alike. They were a little bit cutesy and a little bit rock 'n roll. Thanks to Nancy Sinatra and plenty of stylish female celebrities of the 1960s and '70s we're all familiar with this calf-high footwear, but the history of go-go boots is less well-known. In fact, go-go boots, along with miniskirts and flip hairdos encapsulate the fashion sense of an era -- and still take us back to the days of a somehow more innocent sex appeal. Patent leather or shiny vinyl, usually white -- there's no denying they have a sanitized fetish element, what we used to call "kinky." 

But go-go boots were also empowering -- they were the boots of science fiction sirens, stylish female spies and Bond girls. Go-go boots looked good on everyone -- from hip professionals to cheerleaders to flight attendants. From Indigenous folk singer Buffy Sainte-Marie to blaxploitation vixen Pam Grier. The 1960s and '70s were a tumultuous, glorious time in pop culture and history. And go-go boots were there, every step of the way

Boots went From Utilitarian to High Fashion

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Prior to the 1960s, boots were hardly viewed as a fashion accessory. They were merely work boots with a utilitarian purpose. But the 1960s saw an increase in haute couture, influential fashion designers, and outside the box thinking. From bold designs, short hemlines, and asymmetrical lines, the new styles were unlike any previous decade.