The term “Go-Go” originated from the French expression a-gogo. Go go boots are a low-heeled style of women’s fashion boot worn since the mid-sixties when fashion silhouettes focused on accentuating the leg in a new way. The concept of a woman’s mainstream fashion boot was brand new and extremely revolutionary. Before the introduction of go go boots, women’s boots were generally worn during bad weather, rugged activities, or horseback riding, but not as the street shoes they have become.
This new style of footwear was designed to complement the shorter hemlines of the new, modern look. Go go boots drew attention to the legs, accentuated the simple A-line silhouettes but also offered some modest coverage for less daring but fashion-minded women. Also it is no coincidence that these boots came to prominence in an age where women were finding a new liberation and freedom never seen before.
Nancy Sinatra is probably one of the most notable personalities associated with go go boots. It’s not very difficult for many to remember a vision of her look in the 1966 video for her number-one pop hit These Boots Are Made For Walkin’. Jane Fonda’s Space Age go go boot look in the 1968 science fiction film Barbarella is also just as memorable.
Go go boots have made a huge comeback recently as the concept of “costume” has come back into fashion in full stride. Now that the world is long past the toned down doldrums of 90’s fashion, skirt lines are again rising along with the height of footwear bringing back ladylike sex appeal with an edge. Both new and old, go go boots are highly prized by both mod fashion lovers and other boot aficionados.