Clothes of the Seventies, Buffalo Sandals

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Description: Buff-colored, high-soled sandal made of unfinished 'latigo' leather straps. The sides of the soles were covered in suede leather. Like walking on stilts.
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Delilah - April 21, 2010 - Report this comment
I broke my foot wearing these things at camp, dangerous!!! But I miss them. Boo hoo.
PMG - June 12, 2010 - Report this comment
Those bring back hurtful memories
Dean - July 05, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember these! They were part of that confusing early to mid-70s trend of dangerously high platforms and heels combined with natural-looking materials. These were in a buff-colored suede that looked kind of like unfinished doeskin or something. I remember a teenage girl from the neighborhood in about 1973 pointing to an ad for these and saying, "Look at that! Your heel is raised way up and the toes are turned up too! How are you supposed to walk in them?!" People did, though, and I remember older women like my mom saying that 70s wedge heels were much more comfortable than the pointy-toed stiletto-heeled pumps of the 50s.
Lenora - May 19, 2012 - Report this comment
Buffalo sandals were flat sandals from India. They had a toe ring and a strap the went from the ankle strap down to the toe ring. They WERE NOT plaform shoes/sandals!! Buffalo sandals were leather. You wore them in water the first time you put them on and wore them till they dried! By doing that the sandal formed to your feet. They had an oil in them that sometimes discolored your feet but kept the leather waterproof and supple. Do an internet search on "water buffalo sandals of the 70's".
Lenora - May 19, 2012 - Report this comment
Sorry typo should read "platform" shoes/sandals
Mary Alice - May 31, 2012 - Report this comment
The hippie sandals were "water buffalo sandals," flat, with the toe loop. But there were platforms known as buffalo sandals, as described above. I had a pair, around 1973, I think. I loved them - so comfy. The platform was the same thickness the length of the shoe. Can't find them anymore; there are similar, but too high for me! I wonder why the heck they were called buffalo sandals?
mikey n - December 11, 2012 - Report this comment
Women from India popularly wear them, but in the late 1960's they were the most popular sandal to wear. They were leather flats with a toe ring, still can be purchased on line hippie stores.
Elizabeth - January 28, 2014 - Report this comment
We called them buffalo shoes--the light tan colored platforms. I loved them.we even would wear them with socks,especially those "toe" socks. I know the other kind of sandals from India, I had those too and they were PAINFUL! Both of these were around 1973-1975.
70sJane - May 25, 2014 - Report this comment
You can still get them Kork-Ease Ava. Plus there are other heel heights available. I just ordered a pair.
Kathy - December 27, 2015 - Report this comment
Lindee - April 15, 2016 - Report this comment
The platform sandals were in JC Penney and Montgomery Ward catalogs described as buffalo sandals.
Kili - March 29, 2018 - Report this comment
"Buffalo sandals" from the 70s WERE the platforms with the crossed straps. I had a pair, and loved them. NOT the same thing as the toe thong sandals made from water buffalo hide.

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