Breakdancing

Breakdancing

Breakdancing, also known as B-boying, was an urban dance style born in the 70s that owed as much to mimes as to the music of Jamaican DJs spinning their discs in areas such as New York’s South Bronx. By the time the 80s rolled around, the look was parachute pants and track suits, and the movement went from the streets to suburbia and MTV. Continue reading...

Buster Brown

Buster Brown

Charlie Brown and Snoopy may be the most iconic boy and dog ever paired together in a comic strip, but long before they ever appeared in the newspaper, children and their parents were all well aware of another cartoon duo, Buster Brown and Tige. Sure, they may not be quite as famous as their Peanuts cohorts, but they sure managed to sell a lot of shoes, ones worn by millions of children around the world. Continue reading...

Chuck Taylor All Stars

Chuck Taylor All Stars

Before there was the Pump or the Air, there was Converse. Before Michael Jordan put his name on Nike's Air Jordans, there was Chuck Taylor's name scrawled across a circular ankle patch on Converse's All-Star high-top. Before high-tech performance wizardry, there was the no-bells-or-whistles canvas topper that guaranteed comfort, the Converse All-Star. Continue reading...

Combat Boots

Combat Boots

From necessary battlefield footwear, to part of an oft-repeated childhood taunt, to rugged fashion statement, combat boots have certainly left their footprints on society. Boys and girls alike have embraced the formidable footwear over the years to make a variety of statements about themselves and each other. Continue reading...

Daisy Dukes

Daisy Dukes

Who likes short shorts? The collective “we” like short shorts, perhaps never quite as much as when Daisy Duke wore them on The Dukes of Hazzard in the early 80s. In fact, television viewers liked them so much that they christened the garments “Daisy Dukes” in tribute to the sassy lass with the never-ending legs. Continue reading...

Deely Bobbers

Deely Bobbers

In the early 80s, followers of fashion seemingly borrowed from My Favorite Martian for a fresh new look – that of glittery antennae-shaped balls in all their bouncing glory. It was a fad that knew no boundaries, neither gender, nor age. Heads of young and old alike danced, skated, and strolled around town, seemingly ready to pick up signals from faraway planets. Continue reading...

Fanny Packs

Fanny Packs

Once upon a time, when it came to carrying your belongings with you, you basically had two choices - the pocket or the purse. Stuffing your pockets was uncomfortable, as was being tethered to a purse all day, especially at a place like an amusement park or the beach. The 80s offered a handy alternative that caught on like wildfire - the oft-maligned fanny pack. These hands-free containers were practical, comfortable, and for a short time at least, fashionable. Continue reading...

fashion plates

Fashion Plates

For all the little girls dreaming of being a dress designer when they grew up, Tomy Toys had just the thing to get those creative ideas flowing. Granted, they weren’t exactly an original concept; fashion plates have existed as far back as the 18th century. But these were specially made so that young hands could experience the exciting world of fashion design without ever leaving the kitchen table. Now, you could be the Christian Dior of your family! Continue reading...