18 Things About L.A. Gear That’ll Make You Cringe

This ’80s/’90s brand is now iconic…but for horribly embarrassing reasons. “Streetdancers for men” being just one of them.

1. Streetdancers for “men.”

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2. The ad with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in spandex short-shorts and high socks.

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3. The ’80s commercial with Jennifer Love Hewitt and her boyfriend…Santa Claus. Shudder.

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4. These girls who think ice cream floats are the shit.

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5. These girls who look even cooler than the ice cream girls.

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6. The look on that girl’s face. And the Ryan Gosling wannabe.

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7. There was that time when Paula Abdul was an L.A. Gear spokesperson…

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8. And when Paula Abdul did a commercial that went like this…

I still burn toast.
I still get colds.
I still listen to my mom.
But no one tells me how to dance.

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9. Michael Jackson with tights under ripped jeans and a bunch of kids.

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10. Michael Jackson in an auto shop with this kid. Who has awesome hair. And is demonstrating to Michael how to use a steering wheel.

Michael is clearly humoring him because there are zero reasons why he needs to use a steering wheel.

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11. Michael Jackson with another kid, who is clearly a punk.

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12. Michael Jackson with a little girl on his knee.

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13. Michael Jackson and another kid.

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14. When Joe Montana also worked with L.A. Gear. And they branded “Street Hiking” as a thing.

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15. This totally-not-sexist ’80s commercial with Kathy Ireland.

Kathy on cars or shoes or women or all of the above: “They’re responsive, temperamental, very expensive, and they have great curves. And if you try and start them too fast, they stall.”
Definitely-not-gay dude: “You’re such a brat!”

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16. Okay, so these kids are kind of cute. Still…Acid. Wash. Jeans.

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17. And you wore these. Which makes you cringe…even though it kind of makes you cool.

“You gotta own the night if you wanna own the light.”

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18. Except this kid? Really? With L.A. Gear. The romance — whatever was left of it — is forever ruined.

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