Women's Shoes

Women can select from a broad range of styles to suit every mood, business, or social occasion. Comfortable low-heeled walking shoes, high

Men's Shoes

For business, footwear remains much the same as it was in the eighties. The traditional styles still hold strong, though sometimes untraditional colours or fabrics are used to update the design. The younger set appears in brightly coloured

Manufacture and Materials

Technology had a huge impact on the footwear of this decade. Materials such as microfibres, stretch fabrics, and various synthetic materials are used to make the retro styles new again. Technology has also improved the manufacturing process, and computerised embroidery and other new methods of decoration have brought elaborate designs to the mass market. The seventies revival spawned platforms,

Dress

Nineties fashion is an eclectic array of recycled ideas from earlier decades. The designers of the nineties can revisit any post-war era, and serve a style up again, by simply making it a little more extreme. In the nineties retro has become its own fashion trend.

The Nineties

The Nineties brought the world into the electronic age. In the span of the decade, cell phones, computers, email, and the internet went from technological oddities to necessities.

The North American economy boomed, and the population reveled in the affluence by consuming as never before.

Women's Shoes

The business and dress shoes for women were styled with classic lines and construction. The classic slingback court shoe was suited to the professional woman of the eighties. Chanel offered seven different variations of this shoe each season. Toes again became pointed, and the heels were slender throughout the decade.

Men's Shoes

For business, styles were conservative and classic. The

Manufacture and Materials

A return to classic shapes and colours and the new shoes and boots for leisurewear are the important aspects of eighties footwear. Designers began to blur boundaries between one type of footwear and another with beautifully sculpted heels on boots, and

Dress

The materialism that had become the definition of this decade required that men and women dress for success. The power suit was born as women struggled to equal their male counterparts in the business world.

The Eighties

The recession, which ended in 1982, left the United States with relatively high interest rates. The U.S. was spending far more than it was collecting in taxes, and as a result, borrowing heavily from other nations. In the mid-eighties, big business ruled the ideals. Materialism hit its peak, and yuppies (the young, upwardly mobile set) were living it up by night and getting fit by day.