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40 Years of Goth Shoes

40 Years of Goth Shoes is a digital short celebrating the fantastical shoes and boots worn by women in the Gothic subculture. It’s the follow-up to the successful 40 Years of Goth Style and 40 Years of Men’s Goth Style videos, which got goths all around the world talking and have amassed more than 3 million YouTube views, and coverage in global media from Vice and Buzzfeed to the Washington Post and Daily Mail.

Goth footwear is outrageous: exaggerated pointed toes, irresponsibly high platforms, row upon row of buckles. This fast-paced video features models kicking and stomping through four decades of increasingly dramatic designs: from 1980s combat boots and creepers through 1990s monstrous rave-inspired platforms into the whimsical prints and sexy spiked stilettos of today.

Created by Liisa Ladouceur, author of the definitive Encyclopedia Gothica and stylist Adriana Fulop, co-founder of the streetwear fashion brand PlastikWrap.

Fans of shoe history will recognize designs by John Fluevog, Vivienne Westwood, United Nude and Jeffrey Campbell alongside legendary streetwear brands like Doc Martens, Demonia, New Rock, Iron Fist and more.


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