These were all the rage
in the early to mid 80s
. Duck shoes
have seamless rubber
bottoms, with a leather top
that is stitched to it, and where the laces
go. I don't even know if Sporto
exists anymore, but fifteen years ago or so, if you didn't have a pair of these, you simply weren't cool
. The cheap knockoff
duck shoes surely wouldn't count.
The fun thing about these is that they're actually useful for stomping in puddles or when it's otherwise rainy out, and was one of those times when preppy clothing made sense--for instance, a lot of people wore Docksiders even though they were never anywhere near a boat, and furthermore, I never understood why deck shoes would be good for a boat anyway.