‘Wet Hot American Summer’ Reboots With Big Names; Our Favorite ’80s Shoes

For anyone who’s a former camp kid, there’s a certain allure to memories of summer camp: swimming in the lake, playing games, having campfires and making friends (and the occasional troublemaking and pranking).

Turns out that for the top celebs of summer-camp movie classic “Wet Hot American Summer,” the allure is strong enough to reunite the cast. Netflix announced today that most of the film’s original group will return for a mini-series on the streaming network. Even better, the eight-episode series will be out in time for this summer!

The 2001 film, about camp counselors on the last day of camp, is set in the 1980s, and we cannot wait to see if the glorious ’80s fashions return in the reboot.

Stars Elizabeth Banks, Bradley Cooper, David Hyde Pierce, Amy Poehler, Janeane Garofalo, Michael Ian Black, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon and so many more have already signed on.

The news has us feeling rather nostalgic for the days of tube socks and stirrup pants, so we looked back at some of our very favorite 1980s shoe moments.

Wet Hot American Summer 1980s Shoes
Melissa Jelly Shoes

Jelly Shoes:

The likelihood of having blisters for weeks after wearing jellies? That was guaranteed. But the bright colors and sparkle plastic totally made them worth it.

Heels to Match the Power Suit:

Just as shoulder pads got wider and hair got bigger, so, too, did heels grow taller — and  they were made to complement your power suit in any color you could imagine.

Air Jordan 1:

The legend was born in 1984, after Michael Jordan won Rookie of the Year, was named an All Star and led the Chicago Bulls to the playoffs. One Nike endorsement deal later, and the rest is history.

Wet Hot American Summer 1980s Shoes
KangaRoos sneakers


The pockets weren’t big enough to fit anything practical, but until the KangaRoo shoe, you had only your pants for storage, and that just didn’t seem right.

Leg Warmers:

Technically, leg warmers aren’t a shoe, but they were one of the ultimate shoe accessories of the ’80s. Whether paired with aerobic trainers or, on occasion, the lucky high heel, the leg warmer still rears its head every once in a while, but we know their true ’80s roots.

While your head may be spinning on the awesomeness of the news, we recommend that you watch the trailer — and get ready to break out your shorty-short red Clifton gym shorts.

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