Clothes of the Eighties, Monkey boots
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Sex: both
Type of clothing: boots
When it was popular: 1985-1989
Description: Similar to Doc Martens; leather, ankle high, lace up boots.
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Marcel - March 19, 2008 - Report this comment
C'mon... Monkey boots are nothing like Docs other than having been sold in the same shops. They're far more streamlined, far more stable in the sole, were much less expensive, and in my humble opinion- more comfortable. I preferred the black nubuck ones from NaNa. In fact, I still have a brand new pair that have been sitting in their original box for some 15 years or so- I just don't have the heart to ruin them!
Elizabeth - May 27, 2008 - Report this comment
Can someone direct me to where I can find a pair of authentic monkey boots??
Sabrina - May 30, 2008 - Report this comment
Haha! Monkey boots! I haven't seen a pair since Junior High. Oh nostalgia...
Alanna - May 30, 2008 - Report this comment
I agree... 80'S ones so much cuter than Docs, and just cool... Go with anything, and comfy...
nukkles45 - August 01, 2008 - Report this comment
My first pair of Monkey Boots were killer!! I did everything in 'em. (Yeah, including that.) And while my friends were sitting around changing from their Doc's to their SK8 shoes, I was already rippin it up in my Monkeys.
wes - August 09, 2008 - Report this comment
They were by far one of the best pair of shoes I ever owned. I had the blue suede NaNas. Loved them on stage. If anyone knows where/if they are still available, please leave a link.
LunaKat - September 04, 2008 - Report this comment
I miss my suede monkey boots my black monkey boots..ahh the 80'd
Paul - October 02, 2008 - Report this comment
Yep, I rocked monkey boots in the late 70's in Primary School!
lance - October 06, 2008 - Report this comment
Yep!!! Loved em too! Had the black suede! this is on top of having a handful of creepers, dock boots and doc shoes, regular AND steel cap, converse, parachute boots, winos and the like. the only thing was the soles left the worst black streaks on my girlfriend's mom's kitchen tile!!!! but anyway, the suede monks were awesome!
L.A. Sex Jerx - October 19, 2008 - Report this comment
It was a cool fit but i would rather roll in my Docs. i have not seen a pair of monkeys i think 1987.
bizzarefall - February 18, 2009 - Report this comment
I had a pair of black suede NaNa monkey boots - oh what I wouldn't give for another pair. I lost ONE when I rolled my car. I was so bummed - more about losing the boot that totaling my car. siiigh The closest thing I have found is Tuks
Kim - March 02, 2009 - Report this comment
You can still find original Monkey Boots made by Grafters only in England, and if you go to find the seller named sugarspoon66, and he has a lot of 'em in different sizes. They are made in the Zcheck Republic, and they come in wine red and black. I own 2 pairs, and they are very comfortable.
Kim - March 02, 2009 - Report this comment
I made a mistake in the spelling of the seller of Monkey boots on His name should be sugarspun66 not sugarspoon66. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Jacquelyn - May 11, 2009 - Report this comment
why do they call them "Monkey boots?
Chris - May 22, 2009 - Report this comment
I wore my Monkey's and Creepers everywhere. Used to get them at NaNa's in Pasadena along with all of my punk T's. Clothes at the thrift store only of course. Back when punk was punk, and everything else was lame.
GEOFFK - July 17, 2009 - Report this comment HERES THEM FOR SALE IN THE UK - July 25, 2009 - Report this comment
I bought my first pair at NaNa's in Santa Monica back in the 84. I wore them everywhere with all things. They just fit perfectly. Later I bought a tan pair. I wore those to a corporate office with grey and brown clothing, but the boss said they were inappropriate. He was trying to affect a Wall-Street look. Foolish man.
JT - September 20, 2009 - Report this comment
There are many look a likes and koock offs but only one true Monkey Boot an dthey are made by Grafton. I have looked far and wide for GRAFTERS ORIGINAL MONKEY BOOTS in the US but only found UK stores that sell them. Do a search for "GRAFTERS ORIGINAL MONKEY BOOT" on Ebay and you will find them for around $100 delivered to the states.
Fink - October 14, 2009 - Report this comment
I had the NaNa's in suede burgandy. Loved those damned things.
norman - November 30, 2009 - Report this comment
in germany nürnberg a sendershop called britishempire sells them and ill get them...
wilfwig - January 31, 2010 - Report this comment
check out Amaazon or for original Grafters monkey boots, this type of footwear has been the bollocks for more than 30 years.......... (they sell for around £35 GBP + delivery)
lori - February 08, 2010 - Report this comment
theres nothing sexier than a man in monkey boots.
paule - April 25, 2010 - Report this comment
have had mine resoled a few times and still going strong
me - May 21, 2010 - Report this comment
I miss my nana monkey boots. best shoes I have ever owned! I want another pair.... any suggestions as to which brand is just as comfy?
AceFace - May 25, 2010 - Report this comment
I grew up in L.A. and also bought my first pair of monkey boots at NaNa's in Santa Monica. I can't find them anywhere in the states so picked up 2 pairs in the UK when I was there recently. Best place to order them online is, fair price, real Grafters, and reasonable shipping to the states.
Barry - July 05, 2010 - Report this comment
I had a pair of these gems, i found a pair
BK - September 06, 2010 - Report this comment
monkey boots rule. had a few pairs of black ones as a skool kid in the seventies, always wanted the wine red ones hence my search online that led to this site. monkey boot fans everywhere keep the faith and the legend going.Oh yeh, and 'this is england' on tv as i type....
Vanna - September 24, 2010 - Report this comment
NaNa Monkey Boots were the BEST! Wish I had held onto them, but I think I probably wore the sole through to the ground. The new Monkey Boots just don't look the same. :(
Angel - November 08, 2010 - Report this comment
I had a pair in 1984. I was a 14 year old girl stompin round in those ugly boots. Mine were originals made in Czech. I liked em cause they were funny lookin. Not the comfiest boot however. I ended up switching to my staple boot which were a pair of steel toe Gorilla's purchased at the army navy store on Hollywood Blvd.
Peter - November 16, 2010 - Report this comment
Started looking for these some time ago and eventually stumbled onto this site. I just received my Grafters in the mail yesterday and must say I am quite pleased. While I remember NaNas having a loop on the back similar to Docs I challenge you to find another difference. The Dr. Martens version have the wrong sole and the TUKs versions seem to be a cheaply made trendy crap. Anyone else have a pair of Grafters? I would love to hear how you compare/rate them.
Sean - November 30, 2010 - Report this comment
Bought my first and only pair of monkeys at NaNa's in Santa Monica back in the 80s. They are STILL going strong, but then I am lucky to be very easy on shoes.
pskaufman - January 06, 2011 - Report this comment
It's really great to still hear so much passion about shoes! I'm one of the original owners of NaNa, designed most of the shoes we sold and am thrilled we had such an impact on so many people! We had a blast throughout most of our history, as well (that's another story!), but none of it would have been possible without YOU! The purists out there may not like the following, but I did design a more comfy, updated version of monkey boots a couple years ago- not an attempt to re-make them, but more of a tip o' the hat to them. Not quite so much work to break these in, either! You can pick over the scraps for cheap:
Louis Olachea - January 13, 2011 - Report this comment
Having worn Creepers during high school (84-88), my brother and i wanted a bit of a change. Didn't want to go the Doc Martin route, we found a store in Ventura, Ca. carrying these wonderful gems. I git the black leather and my brother got black suede. Best shoes ever!!!! Out lasted the Docs i bought 3 years after my first pair of Monkey boots.
Tom Mahnke - February 17, 2011 - Report this comment
Had a pair very early 80s and yes they did leave black streaks on the floors but they were polarizing, loved or hated. Wore them till they fell apart. Thinking of another pair now that I am approaching my 50th bday.
david reys - February 20, 2011 - Report this comment
monkeys boots .made in the czech republic. stained your white socks with the dyed souls . i wore the crap out of em in high school.the ones that tuk make now a days are bollocks lol
Fish - September 25, 2011 - Report this comment
Monkey boots were the bomb,scooter boy for lifr
devil - October 08, 2011 - Report this comment
the orginal are made in czech republic! I got them still!
mark flello - January 23, 2012 - Report this comment
yes monkey boots were ace but better on women than men
dave mundell - February 25, 2012 - Report this comment
get your original monkey boots by grafters of england from amazon
Monkey Girl - April 12, 2012 - Report this comment
I used to buy all my monkey boots at War Babies on Melrose in Hollywood. I had them in white, black electric blue suede and red. I miss them. They were the best shoes Ive ever owned. If someone can dig up where to find the all in the multiple colors I would greatly appreciate it...
Maria morales - July 22, 2012 - Report this comment
Yhea I remember the monkey boot days use to have a pair black leather ones ,use to wear them with 501 levi jeans andmy morresey or depechmode tee shirt...
David Gibson - July 23, 2012 - Report this comment Originals
Jennifer Robinson - November 12, 2012 - Report this comment
I still have my blue Monkey boots, everyone called them my smurf shoes. I've had them since 90 or so, I'm glad I held onto these! I miss the days of monkey boots and creepers.
James - December 27, 2012 - Report this comment
I had NaNa Monkey Boots in the 90's and every time the soles got wet, they would leave black shoe prints every where. Does anyone know if the new Monkey Boots do the same thing?
Gonzo - June 22, 2013 - Report this comment
We would buy our baggies at 'muskrats' and get em tapered at 'out of the past' Merv and Jeanie, in Santa Monica. We wore either black suede vans, creepers or 'monkey boots' from Na Na's. Man those were the days!!
Vince - July 27, 2013 - Report this comment
There is a War Babies T-Shirt for sale on ebay right now.
Suba - December 13, 2013 - Report this comment
Does anybody know where, online of otherwise, I can purchase a pair of Black Suede Monkey Boots. I've been looking for the pst year NFL.
Modette - March 11, 2014 - Report this comment
I still have mine from 1987! Bit haggered but still brill! Those in Canada and US can go to they have some.
AgingHipster - August 07, 2014 - Report this comment
Doc Martens have started doing monkey boots in black and red. Seem authentic to the original design but with the addition of Doc soles...
Drmrgrrl - December 27, 2014 - Report this comment
Lived in Nana Monkey boots in the late 80's and 90's, the black leather and black suede. Best shoes ever!! Loved them! Wore them to drum in and everywear else! The Grafters are a good remake but run a little big. The Nana Monkey redesign are nice too. Hey, at least we can still get them, or their close copy. But nothing like the original good quality shiny leather ones, and the insoles were all leather too! Excellent boots! Solid, could walk all day in them everyday!
Biddie Jinx - February 25, 2015 - Report this comment
Me Mam bought me my first pair of Monkey boots, from army and navy stores in Salford (Manchester) in 1975 - I was 14. Just ordered my second pair, 40 years later. Happy memories of being a 'cool' school girl. Can't wait to 'rock' monkey boots again - aged 54!!!
Maz - March 08, 2015 - Report this comment
Oh my god, I ad monkey boots in the late 70's. Got them from the local army and navy store. They still sell them. I had forgotten how much fun they were. So, thanks for this reminder. I will be walking across France this summer, aged 52 and I will be doing it in Monkey Boots!!
Pat - August 17, 2015 - Report this comment
I remember wearing the original Czech made black Monkey Boots as a boy in the 1970s. They were great for keeping the school bullies at bay as they had very hard soles and were notorious for causing very painful shin bruises when kicked by someone wearing them! I wore them all through my high school years from 12 to 17 and despite being small for my age, was never picked on unlike the other kids of my size who didn't wear them. Later in the 1980s, I met a girl in Monkey Boots who used to travel into town on the bus every Saturday with her two friends.
Salesy - September 18, 2015 - Report this comment
Monkey boots will always be fashionable. Suited both sexes.better for giving the constable a good run. I was Hatfield skin from 75 until 82. Brilliant time and great boots
John - October 19, 2015 - Report this comment
Grafters Monkey Boots are awesome! I wore them through the '80s and the early '90s. Then they just disappeared here in the U.S. I'm 50 now, and just got a pair delivered to me today from the UK!
Keith - November 01, 2015 - Report this comment
I bought my monkey boots in mid 80's at Edge City in 5 points Jacksonville Florida, I have never seen them before but I immediately took a liking to them and the only pair they had fit me perfectly so I bought them right away. It was shinny black one made in Czechcoslovakia(before it split into Czech Republic and Slovakia) and wore them through the 80's. It was a cool boots that I really enjoyed during period that I have such a fond memory of.
Nancy Kaufman Hunt - March 02, 2016 - Report this comment
I was the original owner of Na Na . So glad you,guys have such fond memories of monkey boots! Perhaps the thing that most of us remember most from the originals were those black heel marks left behind for eternity !
Guiriam Calzada - March 26, 2016 - Report this comment
I just found a pair on Etsy brand new broken in monkey boots about 3 months ago with the wood sole in side of them.. That say NANA with the pic of the skull on them made in Czechoslovakia..I love them and I miss having the original pair ... Not quite the same as the fake ones... Wish they made them like they use too..
Claire - March 28, 2016 - Report this comment
I have pair I bought for work, lovely but one big problem, they leave black marks all over floors and carpets, cleaners at work are far from happy, and when I mentioned it to the seller,on amazon, his reply was , I've never heard of that ,sorry.....fuming.
digs - December 22, 2016 - Report this comment
Nancy, I spent a ton of money at your shop and yes, the Monkey Boot skidmarks!! My mother had a standing house rule that anyone coming over in Monkey Boots had to leave them by the front door (or I had to clean the kitchen floor the next day)
Squidly - April 21, 2017 - Report this comment
Been obsessed with these for years. Was hard to find them in Midwestern US. Now available on Amazon here:
jgar - May 30, 2017 - Report this comment
As I understand, the ORIGINAL monkey boots were army surplus combat boots. I'm guessing Czech, since they seem to have such a connection.
Darren the valley punk - January 05, 2018 - Report this comment
Had the ten hole doc,even the 20 holes with the hammer and sickle paid an arm and a leg but still love my monkey boots Ox blood straight from the U.K.and to think at48 I am still rockin the scene.
bourgeois hippie - April 14, 2018 - Report this comment
Nice to read these comments what memories of the monkey boots. I was punk in the early 80's and had a pair made in old Czechoslovakia. I also had a few creeps and doc's, but the monkey boot was my favorite and my "go to shoe" i can't say where they were purchased because my gf (now my wife)purchased them as a gift. I wish I still had them, but my mom boxed all my creeps, docs, along with the monkeys and took them to the Goodwill when i moved out (damn! unforgivable mom) Anyway, I'm here because my teenage daughter was asking me about punk music and fashion, she at least got a pair of doc's her mom used to wear. As for the monkey boot, i'm gonna order a pair just because they're cool for an old guy. Peace :)
Steve-O UK - April 02, 2019 - Report this comment
Glad to see that so many people loved these boots. I had my 1st pair when i was 13yrs old in 1970, Doc's were quite hard to find and expensive back then so we all wore Monkeys until we could find and afford Doc's. I still have an unworn original pair of Czech CEBO Monkeys that i've kept for i don't know how many years, think they'll have to go to the Monkey Boot Museum? or possibly ebay. Seems these boots are still available from Rakuten (Japan), $210.00 US about £163.00 UK!! Keep 'Monkey-ing'
Pat - August 15, 2019 - Report this comment
I always remember being kicked in the leg by a kid wearing monkey boots while I was waiting in the school dinner queue, because he thought I'd taken his place in the queue (which I hadn't!) It was incredibly painful and caused a bleeding wound and then a large and very painful bruise which remained for many, many days afterwards! He was always getting into scuffles and arguments with other kids and he never hesitated to use his boots in a similar way to disable any kid who opposed him. He always played out with his mates and came to school in his monkey boots, so it was almost impossible to 'get him back' without receiving another nasty kick from him! So my childhood memories of these boots is a tad tarnished... LOL!!
may - August 19, 2019 - Report this comment
my mom just gave me her original monkey boots from when she was a kid! It's safe to say that I am going to be the coolest kid in my high school!
Mark - December 10, 2020 - Report this comment
I had NaNas monkey boots from 1985 - 1990, when I went to Scotland and bought a new pair: Grafters. They were exactly the same as the NaNas, and then someone told me NaNas were licensed from Grafters. Anyway, monkey boots: Fishbone, The Untouchables, various incarnations of The Beat...many good shows in monkey boots.

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