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Gogo Boots

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Gogo Boots
Gogo Boots
Product #: HA109
Retail Value: $64.79
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Go Go Boots according to Wikipedia

Go-go boots are a low-heeled style of women's fashion boot worn since the mid-sixties when fashion silhouettes focused on accentuating the leg. The term "go-go" is a 1964 back construction of the 1962 slang term "go", meaning something that was "all the rage"; the term "go-go dancer" first appeared in print in 1965.
 

Go-go boots are either calf-, knee- or above knee-high boots with a low or flat heel. The style is a very simple shape with a chiseled, rounded or pointed toe. The boot was usually fastened onto the foot by a side or back zipper, although by the Seventies it was not uncommon to find lace-up versions which accommodated a wider variety of calf sizes. Heel height ranges from flat to low 1" shaped, with the occasional two-inch Cuban heel also known as the "kupfer or Trani" (as on Beatle boots).
Materials were either synthetic or natural, with the oldest designs being made from plastic or vinyl of various colors, the most popular being white. Women's styles tended to be taller, tighter and with a slightly higher heel than girl's styles.
The idea of a woman's mainstream fashion boot was revolutionary. Before the introduction of go-go boots, women's boots were generally worn during only inclement weather, rugged activities, or horseback riding, but not as street shoes.
This new style of footwear was designed for to complement the shorter hemlines of the new, modern look. Go-go boots drew attention to the legs, accentuated the simple A-line silhouettes but also offered some modest coverage for the less daring but fashion-minded women.
André Courrèges is often cited as the originator of the fashion go-go boot: a low-heeled, calf-high boot made of white plastic with a clear cut-out slot near the top was featured as part of the "Moon Girl" look featured in his Fall 1964 collection.
Manufacturers began mass-producing runway knock-offs in contemporary colors and materials. These knock-offs were extremely popular with teenagers, who could be seen wearing go-go boots on both the street and television dance shows. They were often seen worn by "Dolly Birds" in London during the 1960s. The boots usually had a zipper in the back although some styles featured the zipper on the side or with no zipper at all.
 

Girl dancers on the TV shows, "Hullabaloo" and "Shindig" also wore the short, white boots. As such, those came to be called Hullabaloo Boots and Shindig Boots.
Nancy Sinatra's 1966 number-one pop hit "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" helped popularize go-go boots, and the Space Age boots worn by Jane Fonda in 1968's science fiction film Barbarella were a nod to their erotic past.
Other designers (including Mary Quant) designed their own versions of go-go boots. As hemlines rose, so did the height of the boot, and the heel height dropped proportionately, culminating in a pair of thigh-high garter boots designed by Yves Saint-Laurent which clipped up underneath the tiniest of skirts.
 

Fashion trends progressed and as women's trousers and maxi-length skirts where only the foot showed became popular, legs were de-emphasized. By the early seventies, go-go boots were referred to simply as boots, and the emphasis shifted to the height of the heel and the development of the platform. Many women also wore them in the 70s.
 

 

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By: SC Girl on Wednesday March 13, 2013
Pros: Unique - Gets Attention
Cons: Doesn't Breathe Well, Uncomfortable, Difficult To Put On
They must make these boots for extremely thin girls. The boots would not zip up over my ankles. What a disappointment.
so cute
By: Sadie on Tuesday April 10, 2012
Pros: Comfortable, Fun to Wear, Stylish, Unique - Gets Attention, Overall good value for the money, Worked well for my purposes
Cons: Difficult To Put On
I have big calves as I run every day these looked bigger then they ended up being so I can't zip them all the way
 

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