Here FN takes a look back — way back — to get a glimpse at how prices and styles have evolved through the decades. No longer were advertisements confined to illustration. Now advertisers could also rely on actual images of shoes to speak for themselves.
Boys like blue and getting physical. Unfortunately, this is also the sexist message of a recent Clarks shoes advertising campaign that encourages boys to "test shoes to destruction" blue shoes, no lesswhile promoting the idea that girls "love comfort and style. Her petition asking Clarks to "remove outdated, sexist signage" from its stores reached signatures earlier today.
I came across some vintage posters for Bally shoes amongst others and thought I would share them with you. The reclining lady, that is really a shoe, is very clever. This leggy poster top right is very sixties and gets the stylish message across very simply and directly.
As our latest issue of Sole Collector Magazine, The Skate Issue 47makes its way to retailers, today I present a special edition of Vintage Ads with a selection of skate shoe advertisements of the past. If ever there as a nostalgic "golden age" for skate shoes, it would no doubt be the time period from the late 's to early 's when brands produced some of the most memorable skate shoes ever. Of course, the same time period also produced some overly teched-out skate shoe monstrosities that would make the Osiris D3 proud, which we'll see examples of in ads from Converse for the Chany Jeanguenin signature and the short-lived Savier brand by Nike.
While flipping through my vintage Seventeen magazines, I was struck by the shoe ads. Were the shoes and boots we wore in that particular year really THAT ugly? Was it a style aberration for that particular year?
Shoe-fitting fluoroscopesalso sold under the names X-ray Shoe FitterPedoscope and Foot-o-scopewere X-ray fluoroscope machines installed in shoe stores from the s until about the s in the United StatesCanadaUnited KingdomSouth AfricaGermany and Switzerland. Albans that manufactured them. In the second half of the 20th century, growing awareness of radiation hazards and increasingly stringent regulations forced their gradual phasing out.
Louis, Missouri. Parrot had an obvious reason to use the parrot for his shoe logo that tied into his name and was a version of Polly Parrot. The radio series featured adventures of a whaling ship also named for the witty Poll Parrot mascot.
Buster Is Coming t-shirt. Early poster advertisement for Buster Brown Shoes. If you like my vintage designs please check out my other shirts.