Clothes of the Seventies, Topsiders

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Description: They were kind of like loafers, these were popular when I went to high school in 72-76 - they were leather & had white rubber soles, & had little holes on the side w/leather strings going from one hole to the other. I think they laced up. They were worn by both sexes.
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kristin angelique - April 12, 2008 - Report this comment
i believe these were also known as "boat shoes".
Meg - September 28, 2008 - Report this comment
We called them topsiders, but I also heard them called "deck shoes." We wore them to school in the 80s, and most guys wore them on dress-up days as well with khakis and a blazer. Very preppy.
hippie dippie - February 02, 2009 - Report this comment
They weren't worn here until the 80's or 90's. We would have NEVER worn them in the 70's. We all lived in our chukka boots or sandals.
ann - April 01, 2009 - Report this comment
my brother have some of these too!
Kelsie - May 26, 2009 - Report this comment
Alot of people call them "boat shoes." I call them sperry's. But I wear these all the time in the winter. :)
Susan - June 26, 2009 - Report this comment
I had a pair of port siders. They were pink suede and resembled top siders but were cut/fit more like a tennis shoe. All the "in" girls in my 7th grade class (1978) had them and they came in various colors. The box they came in was bright green with white lettering. I can't find any reference to them at all on the internet. If you remember these- please let me know ! I would love to own a pair now !
Dean - June 28, 2010 - Report this comment
Where I lived (Dallas), these were not popular until the early 80s, when they were considered part of a revival of 40s and 50s styles for men. I had several pair in the early 80s, but in the 70s, we thought shoes like this looked too 1950s.

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