Platform soles and chunky heels defined the footwear of the seventies for both women and men. Boots were as important to the wardrobe as shoes, and were worn on all but the most formal of occasions. Minority groups, including women, gay men and lesbians, and ethnic communities, made contributions to the cultural and fashion scene. The result was an eclectic melting pot of fashion. Unlike the Sixties, however, mainstream fashion turned its back on street styles. The affluent turned to classic pieces rather than the fads of the youth.
Colour and fabric choices were unlimited in this decade. Plastics, leathers, fabrics, wood and countless other more bizarre materials were used to create and decorate footwear. Very few shoes were actually made of plain leather during this period. Combining several different colours and materials became a very popular trend.