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Description: In the early and mid 70's, growing up in Da Bronx, New York, all us girls wore Little Abner combat boots. These were not the regular combat boots that were the orange/tan color. These boots were purchased in Army Navy stores and came up over our ankles. They were leather and I believe some suede. They were a light to darkish brown color - two toned and laced up to the top. They were to die for!!!! You HAD to have a pair of these to wear with your jeans that had 100 patches on them. I have been looking all over for another pair or something similar and have yet to find them. I even checked E-bay. Thank you.
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mic 164 - September 01, 2008 - Report this comment
boyz wore them to grab da back of a delivery truck on a snow day lean on ya heels you be snow skhitching
Dawn - October 10, 2008 - Report this comment
Growing up on Staten Island we also wore Lil Abners. My neighbor used to wear them to work. I know they weren't expensive, but there is a website that sells them for $120. I know we didn't pay alot for them
christine - July 21, 2009 - Report this comment
i grew up in franklin square and we aore lil abners for everything except dancing(hustle) back in the 70`s i want to find them again if you didnt have a pair you were not cool lolol they were 15.99 back in the day and we got them at the army navy store help me find them
albert - February 16, 2010 - Report this comment
Da bronx,Castlehill ave,I found Lil Abners or something like them on workingperson.com
LeRoi - March 09, 2010 - Report this comment
The closest that I found to lil abner's can be located at gemplers.com they're called thorogood roofing boots. very close to abners!!
pat - March 21, 2010 - Report this comment
thats funny..i was able to do the hustle in mine..and do front flips..but i was young and foolish back then..lol..
leo43ny - May 05, 2010 - Report this comment
I have to agree, they was the best . I trying to find a pair but not so lucky yet
monroe800 - May 31, 2010 - Report this comment
lil abners were the one to have...anyone remember fred michaels on third ave in the bronx...those were very popular along with lil abners...would love a pair of both
Trish from the Bronx - October 11, 2010 - Report this comment
I never owned a pair but I wanted them sooo badly. They were the coolest boots! LeRoi is right about gemplers.com
Leah - October 22, 2010 - Report this comment
I wish someone would make them again, I think many people would buy them including me ! I know they sell roofer boots that look like them but they are only in mens and dont come in sizes small enough for a women..and the cost almost 200 bucks to boot ! who made them anyway ?? I wish they would come back, I mean they would be such a hot seller now..
joseph price jr; - November 25, 2010 - Report this comment
In the 70's in harlem it was so cool to have a pair of lil abners snd a lee rider jean suit along with a mock neck pullover shirt with a fipit hat now that was style not that uro crap the yong people wear now.
Sue - February 13, 2011 - Report this comment
I grew up in Baldwin & I wore my Abners almost every day,I LOVED these boots & unfortunately I threw them away when I moved. I should have kept them but a so-called friend had ruined them, that's what you get for helping! Anyway here is info that I posted on another site a few yrs back: "In 2002 I was determined to find these boots (I wore them mostly every day back in high school) and received the following info: 'Yes, back in the early 80's we were owned by a shoe company called BATA out of Canada. You might want to try them.' This came from Weinbrenner Shoe Co. Also: "The Roofer style has to the best of my research never been manufactured in a women's size range or style. There might be another style you are thinking about." Try: Goldman Brothers, I believe in Hicksville, NY @ 516-931-0441 (this is where my trail ended since they only carried men's sizes starting at 6. A salesman @ a Army/Navy store in Huntington Village told me "forget about the 80's, in the 70's I sold thousands upon thousands!"
Claudia - June 01, 2011 - Report this comment
I wore these boots all through high school, except when I wore my beloved Frye boots. Definitely went with patched, frayed jeans and indian shirts, favorite concert tees, or old flannel shirts! And really long hair.
Tom - July 18, 2011 - Report this comment
I grew up in Flushing, and wore L'il Abners that I bought at North Shore Work Clothes on Main Street. When I was in the High School of Art & Design (1972-75), a lot of us had them.
tony p. - August 15, 2011 - Report this comment
Back in the day they were sold by Modells.Downtown Brooklyn.....Those were the days....
Karima T. - October 22, 2011 - Report this comment
I love L'il Abners and wish I had a pair today! I wore them practically every day in the 7th grade. I took the subway with a friend to 42nd and Broadway, back in the day, when it was really skeevy and bought myself a pair! I am on a hunt for a pair.
tonacious - November 11, 2011 - Report this comment
guys and girls wore Abner Boots , as we called them.East 233 St Bronx NY area.They were beige or tan colored, suede uppers and leather at the instep/toe. Only boots worn by my friends in the fall/winter. Looked great with Chinos, Dungarees or Army Pants. Wish I could get
CAMARO - December 05, 2011 - Report this comment
Im also looking, I was in N.Y.a couple of weeks ago everything but!!!If the roofer boots were all one color it would almost be a match.
Laura - December 27, 2011 - Report this comment
Loved my Lily Abner!!! Grew up in the Bronx. Castle Hill. Wore them EVERY day! So wish I could get a pair now!
Frank B - December 27, 2011 - Report this comment
been looking for years for Abners they were part of the look in the 70s. Always thought they were made by Georgia Boot Company.Got them at the army navy store on 4th ave in Mt Vernon
Ro - December 27, 2011 - Report this comment
Found these the other day at DSW and they definitely reminded me of my lil abners(minus the fur trim and red laces!)...the brand was Big Buddha....here is the link...(http://www.dsw.com/shoe/bb+gust+bootie?prodId=229323&productRef=SEARCH)
Eileen - January 01, 2012 - Report this comment
Too funny - I grew up in LI NY - but went to High School in Peekskill NY, and we all wore them too - guess the whole world was wearing them in teh 70's - as popular as they were - I am suprised they are so hard to find...If anyone has had success please repost
Jane & Georgette Kostopoulos - January 02, 2012 - Report this comment
We used to by Li'l Abners at Nemo's Army/Navy store in Oceanside, Long Island , NY back in the 70's. This is a drawing my sister made back in her art class in high school (1977/79?) https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s320x320/399841_244416385631797_147359292004174_593740_1554369138_n.jpg My FB public photo (leave comments) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=244416385631797&set=a.244388448967924.58511.147359292004174
Vic - January 07, 2012 - Report this comment
Yeah, I used to rock these joints back in the day growing up in Astoria, I went to I.S. 126 & wore them everyday. But the ones I've seen on a couple resemble the boots but I remember having hook type eyelets to lace them up with. Anybody remember Broghan Boots?
moe bx, fordham - January 18, 2012 - Report this comment
seeing as j. lo grew up in castle hill, i'm sure she kicked around in her lil abners, maybe she can start a revival!!!! been looking for something similiar, no such luck!! harley boots too heavy, no one uses leather anymore?!!! they still kill cows so wtf!!! pleather!! wtf?
Annette - January 27, 2012 - Report this comment
I love my Lil Abners, yes Back In The Day in the 70's we would wear them with the Buckle in the Back Jeans, I grew up in Astoria. Th
joe - February 18, 2012 - Report this comment
those were the days!! lil abs we called them. Franks had them on Ditmars in Astoria along with Marshmellow boots!!
Tony - February 21, 2012 - Report this comment
Lil Abners were the real deal and any body out there from Yonkers remember going to Packers Shoe and boot on Ashburton ave to get a pair for 19.99 or the Army Navy store down in Manor House Getty Square, yeah boy those were the days and then walk to pizza D'ORO For a slice and soda for under a buck!!
Julia - March 06, 2012 - Report this comment
I loved my denim with red stitching Lil Abners! Wore them with my overalls with the bib hanging down and bandana hanging out of the back pocket, and my Angela Davis size afro! I grew up in Queens.
Mr Jal - April 06, 2012 - Report this comment
Lil Abner now cost $155.00 they are called roofers boots Working Persons.com
Tony Latt. - May 25, 2012 - Report this comment
I too lived by the Astoria Park by Ditmars Bvd , went to Immac conception school and remember 7th or 8th grade 74' 75' we had to wear them with a army jacket and wrangler jeans . they were great in the snow. I remember taking the 7 train to Flushing Medow PArk skating ring and skating to Tony Orlando " tie a yellow ribbon .....song " memories.
Walzie - July 17, 2012 - Report this comment
I grew up in Shrub Oak NY born 1960 ...early seventy's got my first pair of abner's ..Loved them...must have bought 12 - 15 pairs back in the day...bought them at sid's army and navy in Peekskill NY also wore knee high Frye boots, pro keds...life was great!
JG - July 21, 2012 - Report this comment
How specific is our memories? They were tan suede, speed hook laces on the top three eyelets. What color was the stitching, how was the heel? Any insights!?
Alba - October 17, 2012 - Report this comment
I wore them all through High School, too. I loved them and had I known I would never be able to find another pair, I would have saved them forever. By the way, note to Walzie - I couldn't have said it better myself...
PJ - October 20, 2012 - Report this comment
Grew up in the Bronx also, 241st, and bought lil abners in Mt vernon on 4th ave..if I rememeber correctly, they were roughly 12.99 in the Army & navy store..went to p.s 142 Sousa on Baychester then to Evander...we wore them with the big bells with the different colored pockets, bought them on White Plains Road, and a Lee Jacket...did the rest of the school shopping on Fordham Rd..wow..for 100 bucks you could have gotten a bunch of school clothes, now my kids kicks cost way more then that!! Any body remember Fred Brauns, the shoes with the slant toe?..we had to wait for X-Mas for those, as they were more money...glad I found this site, would be jumping for joy if I could find another pair of abners!!
Peaches - October 20, 2012 - Report this comment
OMG I have been searching for these boots since 2003. The girls use to Rock them with their Jeans. I grew up in Brooklyn NY and I still want a pair. Where can they be purchased? Some one who may know please share the info. I love the interent!
Kat - October 24, 2012 - Report this comment
Anyone go to Lehman in the 70's? All the girls in the Bronx rocked Lil' Abners. We wore them with Lee straight legs, a dungaree jacket and in the winter a hooded sweatshirt underneath. I used to get mine up on Castle Hill at an Army/Navy right near the El. I've been looking for a while for them with no luck. Wasn't it great being 'real' and comfortable? Great to have found this site - peace to all.
Irene - November 04, 2012 - Report this comment
I grew up on 198 st & Briggs Ave in the Bronx back in the 70's. I've been looking for a pair of Lil Abners for the longest. I wore my like there was no tomorrow, so comfy would love to get my teen a pair and myself of course!!!! Please post any locations upstate that may carry them.
Raine - November 17, 2012 - Report this comment
@Alba...I remember the stitching being gold/yellow...The bottoms were like a marsh mellow white with gold/yellow spots in them...Am I correct?
Nancy - December 18, 2012 - Report this comment
OMG I have been looking for lil abners forever. I lived in them at Ossining High School, I think they must have been a N.Y. style because I live in Georgia now and no one has ever heard of them. If I had the money to reproduce them and sell them I would do so because they were so comfortable and durable. I would love to own a pair again....Dear Santa, Please bring me some lil abner boots:) lol
mary - December 22, 2012 - Report this comment
i loved my little abners we would get them at nemos in oceaside we wore smith pants huck a poo shirts and short snorkels we were the bomb miss the good ol days the abners remind me of grandma's shoes on the beverly hill billies!
JG - December 23, 2012 - Report this comment
It's amazing with all these memories, no one has a real photo. I've searched ebay for ages, nothing. I will be manufacturing them again in all their glory! Stay tuned!!
Kat - December 28, 2012 - Report this comment
Hey everyone, I'm tossing in a link to the Cat brand's 'Marin' boot I just bought. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007H3TB76/ref=pe_175190_21431760_M3T1_ST1_dp_1 While these arent' exactly 100% Lil'Abners, they're the closest I've found and I'm really happy with them. On Zappo's they were $250.(insane!), but I bought them through Amazon for $142.(less guilt). I wound up ordering the Brown (sometimes called Chili)and I'm very happy with them. They fit and feel the same as I remember Lil' A's. If memory serves me correctly, Lil' A's were light brown suede with brown leather toe caps. These are leather with a smoother leather toe cap in the same shade. No biggie. In any case, they cost a whole lot more than back in the day, but happiness is priceless! If you scroll to the bottom of the link you'll see a pair in Tan from an external link. Those look more like the original one's we wore. In any case, rock on and I'll wish you all a Happy & Healthy New Year!
Julio - January 17, 2013 - Report this comment
I always wore lil abner's till they literally fell apart, and yes they were sold at the army & navy surplus stores and they were cheap. I have found a page that sells them for $165 USD, I guess the high price is due to the sentimental value LOL. http://workingperson.com/footwear-1/mens-work-boots/6-inch-work-boots/thorogood-boots-roofer-heavy-duty-work-boots-633-1-34313.html
Tony P. - June 03, 2013 - Report this comment
Yes had them back in Brooklyn.60s & 70s. Midwood high.Check out E-Bay.Cheapest I've seen....148.00.Free S&H.....
trisha - July 22, 2013 - Report this comment
I got mine in the late 70's early 80's on 231st Bronx n.y in the army navy store. I wore them everyday during 8th grade they looked great w/ st.johns school uniform...they were GREAT I miss them a lot...
Lorraine A. - December 03, 2013 - Report this comment
Not the greatest pic of me back in the day, but here is a pic of me sporting my Lil Abners. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=181771355359146&set=p.181771355359146&type=1&theater Yes, I am from the Bronx!
Tony.p cape cod - December 08, 2013 - Report this comment
Yes Midwood high 1970-71. Only place I see them is E-bay or Working persons store. Thorogood 633 1.I'm getting older but still wear my Lee jeans Now I want my "lil abners".I'm sure these tasteless folks where I live wont like them.Like I care...Hey they didn't grow up in NYC....And have no taste!!!!
Diane - December 21, 2013 - Report this comment
I have a picture of me wearing my Little Abners in the 1970's! Tried to upload it here but no luck. If anyone is anxious to lay eyes on them again, post your e-mail address and I'll send it to you. I WISH I could find them again!!!
darrayle - December 22, 2013 - Report this comment
Man i would love to find these in a size 15..lol any info would be appreciated! Or marshmellows..these really would be a hit today..peace out everybody..
KC - February 13, 2014 - Report this comment
THE GREATEST SHOE. LONG LASTING COMFORTABLE AFFORDABLE. EASY SHOE REPAIR
DOTTIE - February 14, 2014 - Report this comment
I WAS TELLING ONE OF THE YOUNGER GIRLS AT WORK ABOUT LIL ABNERS!! I WAS SO HAPPY TO SEE THAT SO MANY OTHERS FROM BRONX, NY REMEMBER TOO! KAT, YES I WENT TO LEHMAN HS. I GRADUATED IN 1980. THOSE WERE THE DAYS :)
Ray L - February 28, 2014 - Report this comment
I loved these boots - I grew up in The Bronx, as well. I bought them at Joe's Army and Navy at 149th Street or Modell's in The Bronx. The coolest pair of boots ever!!! I wish they would make them again, I would definitely buy a pair (hint to Timberland - adding this boot to your brand will certainly increase your market segment with the over 50 group:-). I could see myself now sporting a pair with my Lee Easy Riders, an Italian mock neck turtle neck, and cardigan sweater.
Tesssa - March 29, 2014 - Report this comment
Growing up in the 70's was the absolute greatest! The best music, concerts, just great times! we all had our lil Abners, wore them with our carpenter jeans, levis, lee jeans and somehow with the right top, you still looked really hot!! We all still talk about those boots! The best was putting the taps on the front and the horseshoes on the back heels so that the noise they made sounded so cool! To go back and experience those times just for a day, would love it!
Lucy - August 22, 2014 - Report this comment
I grew up in the Bronx I loved my Lil Abners. Best boots for that era.loved my Carpenters Jeans along with the red bandana in my back pocket too lol. Great years the 70s bring my heart:)
Rob - November 27, 2014 - Report this comment
If you wore L/Abners you were truelly an individual when you put them on you were transformed you became HENDRIX Rob from Rosebank Staten Island NY
Art - January 10, 2015 - Report this comment
Check these out...looks just like the Lil Abners I used to wear in the 70's... nordstromrack.com Donald J Pliner Mitos Camo Lace-Up Boot
Donna ..Bx - February 17, 2015 - Report this comment
These stories made me laugh, but long for my Abners...especially with the jeans held together by patches. I STILL have a pair of jeans from High School that I still have as a keepsake. AmazinglyI can still fit into them 40 yrs later but scared they will fall apart. If anyone EVER finds the ole school Abners...let us all know. R.I.P. to the 70's Abners
Dj Eddie B 176st Wash Hts. - March 14, 2015 - Report this comment
Army Navy Store at 181st way back then along with my white Converse, way before pro kwds and junior pro kwds. And if you wanted casual style then I would wear my Playboys. Now Im going back.
Bill - March 23, 2015 - Report this comment
The boots came in brown suede and Black.No leather on them.Some had flat soles and some had right angle heels. I still have mine.
chris - May 28, 2015 - Report this comment
Can't believe how many of us there are. Grew up in Baldwin, skitched all over town with the girls. Loved those little Abners. The Chinos and carpenter pants. How I miss those days, looks like we all do. I had no idea it was all of us. Xoxo
chris - May 28, 2015 - Report this comment
I will never forget those times in the 70s with Lisa, Juh and our Lil Abners. Skitching was so much fun. It never dawned on me that this was going on in all of New York at the time. We all rocked. Life was good back then. Xoxo
Jamey - June 16, 2015 - Report this comment
Great stories here for sure! Does anyone remember Stewart Allen on E 235ST across from the Burger King? They carried everything from Pro Keds to shoes for school I went to St. Mary's on Carpenter Ave. so you needed shoes .
Joanne - September 15, 2015 - Report this comment
Yes I too love my Lil Abners. I went to Columbus high school in the Bronx in the 70's We girls loved to wear them til they talked in the back,and front we wore them til they were so wrecked we didn't care, with either our chino's, Jcarpenter pants we thought we girls thought we were hot lolo Listening to Stairway to Heaven, those were great days playing paddle ball either at Gunhill Rd park across from Holy Rosary or at 144 school with my Sister Charisse
Sheryl - November 23, 2015 - Report this comment
I also loved my lil abners in the 70's. Went to Columbus HS. Wore them with my carpenter pants & the jeans with the buckle in the back. They were tan suede. Miss those days!!
shay - January 16, 2016 - Report this comment
my lil abners's came in handy when i had to fight some chick. taught her a lesson!!!! coming from da bx and moving to new rochelle. u never forget where u come from
Ralph M. - December 17, 2016 - Report this comment
Grew up in Manhattan, absolutely loved Lil Abners as a JH Schooler and then Richman HS, seeing them in the shoe store display window. Could never afford them but always wanted a pair. Even at 52 yrs old and forgotten many things but have never lost the love for them FLYASS boots. Thank y'all for taking me back with your stories of a great time !
Dawn - February 04, 2017 - Report this comment
OMG!!! I grew up in Baldwin too! Went to Oceanside high school and shopped at Nemos. When I wasn't wearing my Candies and skin tight Jordache jeans I wore my Smith Jeans and lil abners. I'm so sorry they all are gone.
Joe L - February 21, 2017 - Report this comment
I grew up in Yonkers and loved my Abners. Made by Georgia Giant $15.99 and wore 'em 'til the heel nails started poking thru. They should definitely make these again before we're all gone!
Kelly T - March 23, 2017 - Report this comment
My sister and I LOVED those boots but I can't really remember what they looked like anymore. I think they were suede? We also wore sandals called Buffalo Shoes they were like a wedge. I wish I could find a picture of those two shoes!
Mike G - August 25, 2017 - Report this comment
I wore my li'l abners as light work boots in the late 70s -- so, so comfortable. I recently saw roofer boots that are almost identical, but cost $180. Instead, I bought skechers Enderlin boots for $65. I'm hoping they soften up, but they remind me a lot of my li'l abners (as they look like a cross between li'l abners and "desert" boots).
CAT P - September 16, 2017 - Report this comment
Same as. jOe L --- grew up in Yonkers bought my Lil Abners in Getty Sq. Army/Navy. WOre the boots same like you --- till the nails poked thru on the heels. Soooo comfy! WOre everyday.

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