It was like having giant bricks on your feet. ‘Bulky’, ‘oversized’, ‘brightly-colored’, and ‘awesome’ are just a few ways to describe one of the most bodacious tennis shoes to bless us with their presence in the 80s. Oh and don’t even get us started on the two-toned shoe laces. (Ok, fine, you can… but give us a minute. Let’s ease into this.)
The shoes, which technically made their appearance in 1979 but didn’t really make it big until the late 80s, were basically high top sneakers, But if you’re thinking ‘high tops’ like ‘high top Chucks’, just step away from this post because: WRONG. Chucks are somewhat streamlined, if you will, while LA Gear… well, they were basically moon boots. There, we said it. They made you look like you were on a mission straight to outer space.
And if that’s not enough, they also appeared to have two-toned “gills” on the side where the leather twisted and turned. So… what kind of laces came with these colorful monstrosities? Plain white? Pshaw! If you were a cool kid, (and we know you were) you coordinated your laces to match your shoes… and the rest of your outfit, too. THAT’S how you wore LA Gear.
Coincidentally, (or not…) these shoes came on the scene right around the same time tapered leg jeans (we love them!) were big, so of COURSE the most logical route was to pair these giant moon boots with your pegged Levi’s. The result? A completely rockin’ 80s look.
As with every fad, these guys faded from the spotlight to make room for newcomers but we’ll remember our LA Gear fondly. How could we not?
We ♥ LA Gear.