Clothes of the Eighties, Wicker Pickers
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Sex: Unisex
Type of clothing: Boots
When it was popular: 1982
Description: Winkle Picker boots: extremely pointy which had a zip up the front of the foot and two or three straps from ankle to instep. Mainly black and made of suede but I've seen blue and red ones. Quite popular with the goth set.
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Jacqui - December 06, 2008 - Report this comment
I had two pairs, both in leather. One had silver bat buckles and were so pointy I was always tripping myself going up stairs. The other had skull buckles. Biggest issue was that you had to have them re-soled because the heel was about as thick as a tissue.
Dean - July 05, 2010 - Report this comment
Called winklepickers really, a British term originally from the 1950s/early 60s when pointy-toed shoes for man and women were popular. When those styles were revived in the 80s (and late 70s), the name was revived too. Winkles are mussel-like molluscs that have to pried off of ocean rocks and the idea was that the toes of these shoes were so pointy that it looked like they could pry mussels/winkles off of rocks.
Katt - October 15, 2010 - Report this comment
rockabilly shoes they were sold thru B.O.Y of London

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