FashionThrowback Thursday

Those Steve Madden Slide-Ins We All Had: Throwback Thursday

There was a time when clogs and slide-in shoes were all the rage. Were we just too lazy to buckle shoes? Were flip flops just too invasive to our toes? I don’t know why these got so popular but they totally did and when I saw the picture below, I cackled from my spirit. The memories of the many tacky alphets that accompanied these came flooding back and I shook my head. Good times.

steve madden slides

Get into the platform because we need extra height without feeling like we’re wearing heels. But that black bandage across the top, though? HA! You’d wear this in the summer and your feet would be sweating because it was made of unbreathable rubber and it wrapped around your feet like a band-aid.

Let you not put on lotion good enough. Your entire big toe would be blistered at the end of a day of walking around at the Taste of Chicago in these. And if you had on too much lotion, you’d be slipping and sliding like a fool. And the tan that came from it? HILARITY!

How could your feet be so hot and breezy at the same gahtdamb time? Everyone’s aunty owned these. She’d wear them with the floral flowy floor-length dresses that buttoned from neck to ankle. You know good and damb well what dressed I’m talmbout too.

Steve Madden sold the heck out these open-toed mules! And there were a bunch of knock offs, of course. Chile… there were at least 5 pairs in my house alone.

Do y’all remember these shoes? Did you own a pair? You can admit it here. We’re family. No judgment.

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  1. lalarochelle
    April 3, 2014 at 11:21 am

    OMG!!! I remember these, and for some reason I was really just thinking about shoes like these today. And that’s dress with all the buttons was from “the Buckle” lmao!!!

    Thanks for the throwback

  2. April 3, 2014 at 11:25 am

    I am DYING laughing. These shoes, a pair of high-waisted jeans and a black tank top and girl you were READY TO GO OUT. Yes, I had them. Probably bought at Marshall’s though… cuz I’m cheap.

  3. Jennifer
    April 3, 2014 at 11:29 am

    These shoes were a low moment in shoe history. Thank goodness the Steve Madden brand found taste and fashion somewhere along the way cause damn, those were horrible.

  4. April 3, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Hell yes I had these! They “went with everything”!

    • December 4, 2014 at 11:33 pm

      Bahahaha went with everything and nothing at the same damn time. WHY did we think these were cute??

  5. Serenity
    April 3, 2014 at 11:37 am

    I remember the big sack dresses that went with these shoes… Good times

  6. WhiskeyOnTheRox
    April 3, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Not ashamed to say I had a pair of these and I LOVED THEM! I used to wear these joints everywhere. Light on the top and heavy as hell on the bottom. Don’t mess around and let your foot slide all the way to front…”down goes Frazier! down goes Frazier!”

    Yeah that happened to me a couple of times….

    • Gracie
      April 3, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      “down goes Frazier! down goes Frazier!”


  7. jaz
    April 3, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Luvvie , have you seen their newest collection? Its literally a 90’s throwback

  8. April 3, 2014 at 11:41 am

    *sigh* I def had a pair. I’m so mad just sitting here looking at it right now lol.#whyithappen

  9. April 3, 2014 at 11:43 am

    I used to love these joints…

    Now Steve Madden has gone from comfy slides that made blisters…to basic b*Tch stripper wear featuring a line by Keyshia Cole (I saw it today on Heels * Com). I was devastated as strippers rejoiced everywhere. My soul weeps…. *sigh*

    • Shakira
      April 5, 2014 at 12:43 am

      Wayment, wayment, WAYMENT!!! Keyshia Cole has a line of shoes?!?!? I ain’t hatin on that sista’s hustle but what now?! My morbid curiosity is going to lead me to to take a peek. Oh dear.

    • EAWDiva
      April 11, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      I had to take a peak….

      What. In. The. Name. Of. All. That. Is. Holy!!!!!!!!!
      Those shoes scream lack of a real job and common sense.
      If your friend tells you the Keyshia Cole shoes look good on you, she is not your real friend.

    • Mace
      November 6, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      Why, oh why do they look like multicolored torture devices??? Le sigh.

    • December 7, 2014 at 11:56 am

      Oh, but you MUST get your lives from the “How Others Wore It” section of the shoe site:

      Oh, mercy!

  10. emti
    April 3, 2014 at 11:45 am

    I had a pair of these but the bandage part was brown suede cuz I was classy like that. I amount of times I fell because of that platform is to many to count…sigh #whyithappen

    • December 4, 2014 at 11:34 pm

      Brown suede – say what now? You special!

  11. April 3, 2014 at 11:49 am

    These shoes, an ankle length denim skirt and a DKNY tee…my BDay outfit one year. *sigh*

    • Lisa
      April 3, 2014 at 12:10 pm

      Your comment made me remember exactly how I wore mine. Yep, long jean skirt with high back split, fitted red ribbed tee, and these.

  12. Stephanie A
    April 3, 2014 at 11:55 am

    but when you’d finally take that shoe off and start scratching that area the bandage was…LAWDDDD


    • WhiskeyOnTheRox
      April 3, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      Yessss!!! Then you look down and realize you’ve damn near scratched the skin off your foot.

  13. ButterCup357
    April 3, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Hold up..WAIT-A-MINUTE…these are “throwback shoes”? Um…I just had these on….yesterday. Sigh

  14. Nana
    April 3, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    I had a pair and rocked them until they fell apart. They were amazing.

  15. itsben1
    April 3, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    And they were so damn heavy!! Ankles was on steroids clopping around in them thick ass shoes, lol.

    • April 3, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      lmaooooooooooooo @ Ankle was on steroids.

    • Gracie
      April 3, 2014 at 4:41 pm

      HEAR, HEAR!!!!

    • December 4, 2014 at 11:37 pm

      NOT ankles on steroids! #flatlined #FixItJesus

  16. Vina
    April 3, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    I definitely had a pair of these in black and blue. Give me a denim skirt and shirt and I was ready to go!

    • jimmy
      April 4, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      Used to rock them (knock offs off course) with Duck Head shorts here in SC. So ashamed.

  17. April 3, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    I was crying laughing while looking at these. I definitely had a couple of pairs that I bought from Century 21 and Aldo. I also had a lot of polyester clothing when I wore these. I remember dressing up for an event with my polyester/spandex/rayon blend bodycon dress, these slides and my coach purse. Talk about the ultimate in shabby chic….LOL
    These were easily the go to shoes for all occasions back then, especially after you broke them in.I would wear them to work come home, shower change and put them back on for a night on the town. I am so ashamed..LOL

  18. April 3, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Oh my gosh. Those %$#@! shoes are the reason I face-planted in the middle of the office one morning in [year redacted] with both hands full of papers. I join those who are asking: #whyithappen

  19. Lisa
    April 3, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Um, I still have mine. And it wouldn’t take much for me to wear them. But alas, I still have double-breasted suits – but at least I don’t wear them. :-/

  20. Brittany
    April 3, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Girls really thought they was on when they rocked these with a middle toe-ring. *Sigh* Oh 90s fashion, lmao

    • Amethyst
      April 3, 2014 at 5:26 pm

      No! Not the toe ring!!! lmaoooooo

      Ah, memories….

    • TeeCee
      April 4, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      Dat toe ring doe…and it jeeeeeest might be one with my initial OR a dangling charm…

  21. April 3, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    I still have a pair by Aerosoles only the bottom part is beige not black. In my defense, I only wear them around the house.

  22. Delight
    April 3, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Yeah, I had a pair of these way back when. Although, I thought I was too cute and bought the ones that were twice as high, so I could be that much taller in them. I was 5’0 back then and walking around in a shoe that weighed almost as much as the backpack I had to rock for school. I really think the only bottoms that looked good/decent/whathaveyou with these were denim; I stayed in jean skirts at the time. Yup, definitely on team #whyithappen

  23. Lysia
    April 3, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    “She’d wear them with the floral flowy floor-length dresses that buttoned from neck to ankle. You know good and damb well what dressed I’m talmbout too” << iDied. YES!!!! LMBO!! my Aunt sure did hahahaha!

    • Aisha
      April 4, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      Guilty again!

  24. Eyrica
    April 3, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Brings back memory, I had a pair of those. I loved Steve Madden

  25. Camielle
    April 3, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Definitely had a pair! Used to wear a toe ring with them and these shoes, jeans, and a white tank top were my summer uniform! I laughed so hard when I just saw this on fb!

  26. Neesh
    April 3, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Mos def had these and wore them with everything! These are the reason why I dropped my then infant sister in the Pathmark near the dairy aisle lol

  27. Bukky
    April 3, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    People on FB said it but not here, rocked these bad boys with capris and short pants faithfully in addition to the skirts with slits on both sides of the leg. Baby tees and tank tops from Old Navy, Rave/Rainbow/etc. and thought I was STYLIN. But like others said #whyithappen?

    • Jackie
      April 4, 2014 at 7:48 am

      I second the skirt/dress with slits on both sides of the leg…THAT was my uniform with various types of platform shoes, these included.

      I have a co-worker who *gasp* still wears them! #whyithappen?

  28. NtrlGAGirl
    April 3, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    I had my youngest in November 2001 & these were the only shoes I COULD wear! That stretchy part on top saved me. Maternity clothes, hose, & these shoes in cold-as-hell November cuz that’s all that would fit on my swollen feet. #pregnancyshoes

  29. April 3, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    not only did i have the black Steve Madden ones – i had a brown pair and a cream pair made my Sam & Libby – and because i love in Texas, we wore ours with Daisy Duke shorts! ahh, the good old days …

  30. April 4, 2014 at 7:19 am

    OT Luvvie,

    For a fellow LupitaStan:

    Lancome Taps Lupita Nyong’o as New Face
    NEW YORK April 4, 2014 (AP)

    The fashion and beauty industry’s love affair with Lupita Nyong’o
    continues: The Oscar winner has been named the new face for Lancome.

    The Mexican-born Kenyan will be the first black ambassador for the
    brand, which features Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Penelope Cruz and
    Lily Collins as spokeswomen. In a statement Friday, Nyong’o said she was proud to represent Lancome, adding “beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman’s freedom to be herself.”

    It’s the first major endorsement deal for the 31-year-old, who won the
    best-supporting Oscar for her role in “12 Years a Slave.” Her striking
    beauty and fashion sense made her the It Girl for the Hollywood awards

    Lancome ads featuring Nyong’o will start appearing this summer.

  31. April 4, 2014 at 7:20 am

    another question for you Luvvie, had you seen this web series?

    An African City

  32. OHR
    April 4, 2014 at 10:52 am

    My Aerosoles were black patent leather. *runs off and dodges tomatoes*

  33. Aisha
    April 4, 2014 at 12:01 pm


  34. Shakira
    April 5, 2014 at 12:47 am

    A pair of these, my flare jeans, and my belly tee that said something like “brat” or “cute” or some nonsense on the front ctfu. Why Lawd WHY??!?! Couldn’t tell me I wasn’t cute!

  35. LegalEase
    April 9, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    I had my baby shower for my first born daughter (I was eighteen) in August of 2000 and I wore these with a jean/spandex mixed spaghettis strapped mini dress with a huge glitter butter fly across the bust.

    The saddest part about this story is that my now 13 year old daughter recently wore that same dress she found in the back of my closet. SMH…

  36. mz.niecy
    April 16, 2014 at 9:24 am, Luvvie you’re a computer whiz, is there a way that we can make this whole link disappear? I was so upset that she felt these were normal people cute…

  37. May 30, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Oh lordo, these shoes. So heavy! So clunky! And a hot summer day wearing those mofos around? The tops of your feet looked like a particularly ripe zombie on the Walking Dead. And don’t get me started on the sweating. Only thing worse in that era? RAFFIA. Don’t get me started on raffia. Oh by all means, let’s BIND OUR FEET WITH ROPE, because THAT will end well. Jesus himself didn’t get torture like raffia wedges.

  38. Nakia
    December 4, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    I had these.. in more than one color….

    I also had an able length floral dress…

    No buttons though

  39. ktzmiao
    December 4, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    I think I have three pair now. I know I have a six inch pair that I tried to send back to Amazon and they were like, ‘Sucker’.

  40. FunnieBunnie
    December 4, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Hell, I still have mine. And I still rock them, every summer. Got em from Bakers and my bandage is leather. I had them on during the blackout of 2004. I hadda walk miles and miles in those things to get home. Callouses and blisters for weeks afterwards. I keep a pair of sneakers under my desk. Lesson learned the hard callous way.

  41. Elizabeth
    December 4, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    How about – rocking a red pair…and sashaying down the middle of NYC streets and literally falling OUT of the shoes on the yellow line. I almost got laid out from these heel heavy slides! Lol

  42. sandy
    December 5, 2014 at 10:15 am

    I walked Teotihuacan in these shoes. These exact ones. They were comfortable and yes, made me about 2 inches taller. Wish I still had them~!

  43. Sanie
    December 5, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Nope. Never owned a pair o dem Herman Munster flip flops. What’s wrong wichyall!?