Clothes of the Seventies, Famolare (sp?) Shoes

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Description: Platform shoe with a rubbery, 3 waved sole. You 'rolled' forward when you walked. An essential with Dittos or Astricks. Don't forget your cropped blouson striped top with a hood!
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katie - June 11, 2007 - Report this comment
wow theyre totally far-out
L.L. - June 19, 2007 - Report this comment
I had these, I had them in flats and platform. They were a bit heavy but oh so comfortable! and Cool of course. I recently started trying to find if they were still made. Does anyone know who the manufature was? I would so wear these today.
leah - January 20, 2008 - Report this comment
They still make Famolares, but they look like old lady shoes. There is a website-
Jean-o - March 03, 2008 - Report this comment
I must of had about six or eight pair of Famolare. They were so comfortable and they came in a lot of different colors. I am going to order some new ones. They are fantastic to work in especially if you stand all day long.
Kim - August 02, 2008 - Report this comment
I had a pair in the 80's, I did'nt know they still made them.
Leslie - August 30, 2008 - Report this comment
My mom and I both wore these. Between us, we had just about every style and color. One of my high school friends recently said she was envious of me because my mom was pretty, wore trendy clothes, and had "those cool shoes with the waves on the bottom." I had forgotten about Famolares until she said that.
Dutchess - May 31, 2009 - Report this comment
I refused to wear these ,
Jan - July 09, 2009 - Report this comment
I have a never worn pair of Be-Hi Famolares. I purchased them in 79. I had another pair that I wore into the ground back in the early 70's. They are great to wear when you stand on your feet alot during working hours.
MKR - February 28, 2010 - Report this comment
I still have a pair of Famolare molded fiberglass(?) white clogs I wore with pink bell-bottoms...they have lots of foam inside them to protect your feet. Anyone else-?
susan b. - April 30, 2010 - Report this comment
I still have my Circa 1970's "Amsterdam" Bubble Clogs by Joe Famolare* Mine are blue denim with black rubber "studs" on the bottom sole and a perky gold-embossed big wheel bicycle on the red vinyl insoles! Can you tell by my loving description I still love these clogs? In 1974, the cost for a pair of Bubble Clogs was $25! Alot for back then...mine were purchased in a Stroudsburg, Pa "hippie head-shop" and I actually used to wear them to school, but usually just on early release days because with an added three (3) inch heel height my 5'6" frame shot up to six feet! These clogs made great funk, but they also made it harder to get a date! *(still in business, after all these years and going strong with humanitarian-type projects in Vermont-Go Joe!!)
Dean Garrett - June 19, 2010 - Report this comment
These were really popular in the mid-70s, peaking about 1977, as I recall, when there were even Famolare knee boots and a few men's styles. Everyone said they were really comfortable; really, a lot of the high wedge platforms of the 70s were said to be comfortable. They had high heels but your weight was distributed evenly and they didn't pinch your toes or force you to walk on needle heels like shoes of the 1950s, 80s, 90s, and later. You mostly saw medium-high-heeled wedge heel Famolares but flat ones were also popular, particularly in a sandal style that girls in my school called "sand flats." I remember girls wearing Famolare sandals with tiered sundresses, A-line denim skirts, and gauchoes in the mid-70s.
Jan Griffiths - October 12, 2013 - Report this comment
Still own 3 pairs of Famolare. @ 4-wave, and one 3-wave. All have black straps.
Mike S - January 06, 2014 - Report this comment
My girlfriend in high school had a pair and one very cold evening she made me swap my hiking boots with her ( we had same size) and I wore those oxfords with the wavy soles all night, very comfortable !
Miz McCall - April 22, 2014 - Report this comment
I wore a pair of multi-blue strapped Hi-There sandals on my wedding day in 1982. I loved them, wish I'd hung on to them.
D McCrary - April 03, 2015 - Report this comment
I had two pairs in the late 70's early 80's. They never wore out and were so comfortable. While I was in college my dorm was a 1/4 mile up a hill from the main campus. I trekked up and down that hill in my Famolare shoes and never had sore feet. Most comfortable shoes I ever owned. Wish I had them now.
victoria staten - April 18, 2015 - Report this comment
We are working on the re-birth of Famolare and would love your opinion. Which styles and bottoms do you like the best? Check out famolare1969.
Bobby Baker - April 19, 2015 - Report this comment
I used to walk all over NYC in my famolares and that genius rolling sole cushioned my feet from start to finish. I used to go to his store, I believe on some fancy shopping area, and there were so many styles and colors, it was like feasting on too much rich dessert!
Onyx - August 02, 2015 - Report this comment
I had a pair in the 70's. Unfortunately, in 1977 I was walking on uneven sidewalk outside of the building where I worked and fell while wearing them. I broke my leg in two the knee. No more Famolares.....the wavy platform could be dangerous.
vicki cannon - November 16, 2015 - Report this comment
I 'discovered' Famolares about 1973. After I got a pair, my college roommate had to have some. We both wore them for 5-6 years. Most comfortable shoes I ever wore! You don't 'walk' in these fabulous shoes; the waves rock you along! Legs and feet never tire. Per Famolare website, our favorite shoes will re-enter the market in Spring 2016. Can't wait.
Ka-ra - January 03, 2016 - Report this comment
Famolare in 2016 will reissuBut te t hese "wave" soled shoes, which is pure joy to someone like me, who found they fit my feet best. Personally I do not advise the high platform heels: like someone noted, you could fall and break something! Me, I fell while wearing the 3+" high wave shoes in the late '70's and fractured my skull. :(
Catherine - April 09, 2016 - Report this comment
I have the knee high get there boots I bought in a vintage store in Toronto for $100. They will be in my will for sure
Melissa K - November 27, 2016 - Report this comment
Started freshman year in 1977 in Atlanta. Every girl in my group wore the Famolare flat sandals - it was "the shoe" to wear! I loved my Famolare sandals, and would absolutely buy them now, if I could.
Kristine L - June 04, 2017 - Report this comment
I think I wore my fams until the waves were no more...and now I've found, after research, that they are going to start producing them again. The site looks like it should be running, but not quite yet, apparently. I google them occasionally and never can find a pair in my size or worth buying. The new site has what they have for 145.00/pair. Sad thing is, I will be first in line to buy a pair! Summers are short in Toronto ;)
Laura - December 21, 2017 - Report this comment
So excited that they're coming back at!
Victoria - April 13, 2018 - Report this comment
New spring styles are on the Famolare website now

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