It’s weird how you can get from point A to point B. I was lying in bed this morning, thinking about favorite movies, which made me think of Mildred Pierce, which made me think of Joan Crawford. Then I thought about how she made ankle-strap shoes popular. Then I started thinking about shoes people made famous, which brings me now to saddle shoes. Yes, traveling from point A to point B is fun.
I wore saddle shoes a lot when I was young. I wasn’t a cheerleader, but people wore them regardless of their cheering status. I know that I went through several pair. I bought my daughter a pair when she was very young. I think I laughed when I put them on her for the first time. They were such a big part of who I was. I remember wearing them with very short shorts and my hair pulled back in a ponytail. I guess I wore them like how sneakers (I call them tennis shoes) are worn today.
Saddle shoes were worn as casual shoes, like loafers, from the 50′s to early 70′s. Later on, you could even get them biege with green. Very cool. Golfers sometimes still wear saddle shoes.
I remember seeing a high school girl at the Weirton Shopping center who wore fish net hose with her saddle shoes. I was astonished that someone would have the audacity to wear them with something other than white bobby socks. A high school girl. So, of course, I wore mine the very next day. Didn’t go over too well at Edgewood Junior High. I really thought I was hot stuff. But, alas, I was just a goofy 6th grader who dressed like an idiot.
Fads come and go. Mood rings, for example, came and went and are now back. So, I mean, why can’t saddle shoes? I’m too old to wear them now, but it would be fun to see a new generation of saddle shoe-ers.
Ahhh, according to Wikipedia, “In the United States, saddle shoes have enjoyed a recent comeback among males in their teens, twenties, and thirties. The new trend is particularly prevalent in New York City, Los Angeles, Tokyo and the southwest region of the United States.” This is great news.
Guys, don’t wear them with fish net hose. Just sayin.