Wish I Still Had My White Shindig Go-Go Boots

Inexplicably, one evening recently, I was drawn to You Tube videos of the defunct show Shindig from 1964 and 1965. It was a musical variety show that featured all of the top 40 acts of the day along with some great go-go dancing by a group of Shindig dancers.

Those dancers with their ponytails and flips boogied their hearts out- most of the time while wearing these fairly atrocious looking white calf-length boots. They had no heels, and were made of white leather. Called Go-Go Boots, they were the “must-have” item of the season for little goobers like me who wanted everything cool they saw on TV.

I got my wish in 1965, because a beautiful pair of white Go-Go Boots was my main Chanukah gift that year. I was a happy girl to have them.

I wish I still had memorabilia like that. Some people save everything of meaning from their youth. I tossed just about everything.

The real question is what the heck was a nerdy, bookworm, non-dancer doing with a pair of Go-Go Boots in the middle-class neighborhood of her youth? Not the most practical item, but it was transforming to put them on and play 45’s on the record player or even listen to the¬†transistor radio¬†and dance like a Shindig girl. That was the power of certain objects: they had the power to take me from my dreary existence to a place much more exciting. Wearing them, I felt like a real go-go dancer. Pure fantasy and I loved it.

If you hadn’t caught my past blog – when I was still on the Chronicle site, about my quest for a John Romain purse – click here to read it. Another nostalgia trip for precious items of long ago.


  • Hi, loved your article, I just listed my old gogo boots on my store tired dealing with all my “stuff” besides would never fit. I think I made my Mom drive to every shoe store in the area to find the perfect pair, had to have these to wear with the fake fur “bear coat”

  • I’m a pack rat–only problem, my feet and waist have expanded and dont fit. But make great costumes for kids over the years

  • I still have my pair. Mine are the back-zip models with a 1 inch heel. Size 9, would sell.

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