The '90s Are Back

Skater Boi Style is Back for Fall (At Least on Your Feet)

Could this junior high fad be the next Stan Smith?

By Julia Davila August 18, 2016

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History tends to repeat itself, especially in the fashion industry. Every few seasons trends fall out of and back into style. Now that everything '90s is hot again, it was only a matter of time until skater style—think Blink 182, Avril Lavigne and miserably hot trips to the Warped Tour—had its 2016 moment.

Céline showcased the first high-fashion slip-on sneaker back in 2008 and eight years later the skater boi look continues to inspire, especially now that more designers are playing with street style. Rosie Assoulin's spring 2016 presentation—which was held in a drained pool—hinted at the '90s hip-hop scene with boxers peeking out of military-inspired trousers, while Alexander Wang incorporated chain detailing and gum-soled sneakers.

Maybe I'm biased: I still own my first pair of Vans, classic black-and-white checkerboard slip-ons. In the '90s and early '00s it seemed like everyone owned a pair of the rubber-soled shoes. They were effortlessly cool and easy to style with jeans and a graphic band tee in middle school, and in high school they added a little edge to our mandatory uniform. Could this junior high fad be the next Stan Smith? Check out six fashionable iterations for fall below.

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