Clothes of the Seventies, Lil Abner Work Shoes

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Description: leather or suade ankle high work boots, came in brown or gray... my favorite shoes till date... i am activly trying to find a pair.....
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dee mor - April 05, 2009 - Report this comment
I too love those shoes and would love to find them
steve - April 12, 2009 - Report this comment
the lil abners were nice. i tried to discribe them to my wife but she was clueless
a chick who loved lil abners - May 16, 2009 - Report this comment
i loved these boots!!! i have been going crazy trying to find them. bring back lil abners please!!!!!
Black Magic - August 30, 2009 - Report this comment
I had a black leather pair that were called Bridgemen........Good Work Boots. Lasted forever!
Shoobootie frm da bx - April 26, 2010 - Report this comment
Great look, Exellent comfort, the only shoes to own in high school in the seventies! You wore them until the stitching wore out in the front of the soles, at which point they became "talking Abners" Been looking for them for years!
RONNY - August 30, 2010 - Report this comment
rose2728 - October 14, 2010 - Report this comment
Omg, wore those boots all through HS, just loved them and would definetly buy a pair.
mavis - December 05, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved those boots. LOVED THEM. Bought them in the army/navy store on 63rd Drive in Rego Park, Queens, NY. I wore them all through high school and right into college. Soles were so worn down I skidded down the street on the ice. I wish I had never thrown them out. I MISS THEM>!!!!
gary leclerc - December 10, 2010 - Report this comment
im 58 years young i had many pairs of lil abners got them from shoe mart in Norwalk ct.Many years ago.they were well liked by were not in style if you didnt have them on.some shoe company should make them again. the mustang and camaro, came back why not these great boots
mark565 - December 20, 2010 - Report this comment
I have been looking for these shoes for years. While in jr and sr high school on Long Island these were on everyone's feet - puma's for gym class though. I wore the origina version that had light tan suede with similar color leather center. As the shoes became wildly popular and the "in" shoe, other companies began making them in all different color suedes and of course, lower quality. The soles of the original versions were key. they had a heel of hard compound with the word vulcan pressed into the heel. the sole was a composite material that I believe had some cork fiber in it. yes, when the stiching in front wore out you had talking abners! The rest of the shoe was virtually indestructible....
mark565 - December 20, 2010 - Report this comment
Thorogood shoes makes a roofers boot that is almost on the mark. wish the center leather was light color leather. I am 50 yrs old and will be purchasing a pair of these. These were insanely comfortable and lasted forever. Perhaps these will be back in style again.... I believe they'd sell quite well to the 40-60 yr old crowd looking to shred their rockports and sperry's.
mark565 - January 02, 2011 - Report this comment
Well, the clock has been turned back. I now have my roofer boots aka lil abners. Just like the ones i wore years ago. I have received many compliments and my teenage sons think they are awesome and think they look fantastic with jeans.... no to break them in.........
Del - March 25, 2011 - Report this comment
I'm 60 years old and wore 'Lil Abners all through my school years until high school. Mine were always black and when worn down were resoled with "Cat's Paw" heels and soles for many more miles of wear. The closest I've seen to my old style are found by Red Wing Shoes, the Iron Ranger line and the others I've found at Duluth Trading Company. Both of these have cap toes which mine didn't, but are more authentic to my old style then the lace to toe roofer styles. I think the Iron Rangers may be found at Sportsmans Guide online as well. This doesn't appear to allow links to be posted but standard search engines for the three companies listed should be successful.
Denise Judge - August 09, 2011 - Report this comment
I bought them too on 63rd Drive in Rego Park, along with "Smith Jeans" Why is it soo hard to find them. I wish I never threw mine out. Funny how our feet would freeze in the winter & we'd still where them. I miss my lil' Abner's! =(
Veronica - December 11, 2011 - Report this comment
I still have mine. I wore them to the mall yesterday. They are 35 years old and still look great.
Debbie - December 22, 2011 - Report this comment
I bought mine on Greenpoint Ave in Sunnyside...wish I would have kept a pair, went through many along with my Earth Shoes and Pro-Keds! Wish they would bring them back...
Frank B - January 31, 2012 - Report this comment
Hey Veronica can u post a picture of the Abners?
Julia - March 06, 2012 - Report this comment
I had a pair of denim little abners with red stitching and I always wore them with my overalls with the bib hanging down and a bandana in the back pocket and my Angela Davis size afro. That was in the 70's! I miss my boots.
mike falcaro - April 05, 2012 - Report this comment
yep me too came across a pair somewhere along life after the bronx ny[were i wore lil abners]and the wife tossed them.still looking for them lol.if any of us had a shoe desighner hook up i 'd bet these would work now..history does always repete its self..PATCH POCKET BELL BOTTOMS ANYONE?
Tony p.Brooklyn - April 06, 2012 - Report this comment
I wore these back in the day.And Im going to buy a pair through Thorogood.A pair of cargo pants and my ABNERS...Im 58 and live on Cape Cod MA.They dont know and I dont care...Funny how we go back to what worked.They dont have a clue today!!!!God bless our 60s and 70s.And 80s 90s..Damn!!!!
Kat from Mt.Vernon - June 28, 2012 - Report this comment
My sister and i have been waiting for these to come back! i just found buffalo shoes so lil' abners can't be far behind, then imagine marshmallow shoes! OMG what a flashback. 4th Ave in Mt. Vernon - Jake's in Fleetwood. . . . great memories. someone out there is looking for ways to make money . . .bring lil' abners back!
CASEY - December 07, 2012 - Report this comment
The Flesh - February 07, 2013 - Report this comment
Not just brown and grey, i had a pair of blue swede abners when i was 14, 1975, long island.... And i want a pair again...
Tom darcy - July 20, 2013 - Report this comment
I was looking for a picture of those shoes that is how I came across this page. No luck on the picture. Reading these comments it seems all are from greater NY area I wonder if they were a regional style.
Albert - November 27, 2013 - Report this comment
I grew up in the bronx and used to buy my lil abners from joe tuckmans on Allerton ave. I wish I could get a pair I'm 50 now and used to wear them all the time I will work on getting them made.
John P. - February 26, 2014 - Report this comment
I also grew up in the Bronx and would buy mine from an Army & Navy store on 204th & Bainbridge. I'm 50 and would proudly wear a pair today. I'll post my findings soon....JP
FXR Sue - March 24, 2014 - Report this comment
I got my Lil Abners (tan) in NYC in 1980 and still wear them every other day to work. Impossible to describe how incredibly comfortable and well made; so when asked "Where did you buy those shoes?" I begin by saying "In NYC, 34 years ago...."
Carlos - December 18, 2014 - Report this comment
Found some made by Thorogood on amazon 2 tone very close to the original I had a dark brown suede pair & black leather pair back in the 70's they were so comfortable!
Luci - October 19, 2015 - Report this comment
I too grew up in the Bronx & wore them all through HS, Barnabas..35 years ago! Lol. So comfortable, not sure now that they looked so great with a uniform skirt though! Just found them on Amazon,as someone mentioned before, as a roofer boot!
Gina - November 30, 2015 - Report this comment
I have a pair I found about 15 years ago in white plains ny. They were in a backroom with dust on the box. I think I paid $75 then. Wore them today. Love love love them. Wish I could post a picture for you all.
MP - December 10, 2016 - Report this comment
This must by a Westchester/NYC thing. I too loved my boots and wore then with overalls! Strikingly feminine haha. I would totally rock them now with leggings and a long shirt!

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