Do people still wear them? If you literally want to be seen, these thick-soled Buffalo boots are for you

No outfit is complete without that ideal pair of shoes – whether it’s the colour, design or height. Yes, the latter option can be a deciding factor because the undersole might either be too thick, thin or have non at all (just ask females about pumps).

If you’ve watched the first Fast and the Furious movie (like I have countless times) Michelle Rodriguez’ character, Letty Ortiz, is seen getting out of a performance car wearing a rather large and peculiar looking pair of shoes. Upon doing a bit of research, those are actually called New Rock boots, distinctive because of its thick (hard) rubberised sole.

Though that was in 2001 and fashion trends have changed massively since then, now there are similar looking footwear known as Buffalo Boots that also sport the elevated sole. The Buffalo brand’s roots can be traced all the way back to Mexico and transitioning to various countries like Germany and England, where the “Cloud Sole” became the signature piece of the ‘90s superstars such as Cher, Madonna, N’SYNC and the Spice Girls, and was made distinctive because of its yellow branding. It was produced for people that want to diversify their appearance. You just couldn’t go anywhere in a Buffalo boot and not be seen.

The boot for the occasion

One immediately noticeable change that the wearing of the shoe results in is how taller it makes the wearer look – with the sole measuring from 6cm to as much as 12cm. You can be positively certain that you’ll be the tallest person in the room, the one that’s feet will be well-protected and also the one that will walk away unscathed if electricity and water made contact in a room.

Another scenario is to imagine how awkward it must be to drive with them on. Because the sole is so much thicker than a normal shoe, you are more than likely to run the risk of accelerating and braking harder than you should. Though it’s not impossible, it definitely takes a bit of getting used to after a while.

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find local service information close to home.

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