It’s the dance scene in
The Breakfast Club that cements these lace-up boots as
always and forever cool.
Watch it again on YouTube and tell me Molly Ringwald’s
Claire isn’t still the ultimate Popular Girl. The popping dance
moves, the too-cool-for-(Saturday)-school hair flip, the layered
tops and below-the-knee skirt and yes, the
granny boots. Smooth
brown leather, upper-calf height, just-so laces: perfect.
Perfect in 1985, perfect today.
The other end of the granny-boot
spectrum also involves Molly Ringwald and John Hughes, so what
more proof do you need that they scream classic 80s cool? Andie
in the opening scene of 1986’s
Pretty In Pink, pulling on super-sexy white thigh
highs, slicking on wet pink lip gloss, and—wait for it!— lacing
up her short white fold-over granny boots (below). The white
ones are far from ubiquitous today—downright hard to find, even.
A little too hard-core granny, maybe. Or too Ice Capades.
Personally, I’d kill for a pair.