Once more proving that ’80s and ’90s nostalgia will never, ever end, the New Kids on the Block announced on Good Morning America Tuesday that they’ll be going on tour with TLC and Nelly across the country this spring and summer. “This is such a great bill, and we have so many hit records and such huge followings that we just want to make it the party of the year,” Donnie Wahlberg said. “That’s why we call it ‘The Main Event.’ It’s going to be the event of the year.”
The all-grown-up boy band has been doing revival tours like this since 2008, 22 years after they released their debut album. Meanwhile, the young Brits of One Direction are still enjoying a peak of popularity, four years after their formation on the U.K.’s X Factor. It seems every generation loves to see a gaggle of young men in coordinated outfits harmonizing on TV and onstage — going back to the Four Seasons and beyond. Boy-band fashions, on the other hand, do not appear to withstand the test of time. The Monkees’ tunics, anyone?
Whether they’re the street-tough looks of the New Kids, the elaborate marionette getups of ‘NSync, or the dapper cool of the Jonas Brothers, these groups’ styles are a part of capturing fans’ hearts. And because the boys often perform choreographed moves onstage and in music videos, the artists’ footwear has to be both functional and trendy.
While hordes of grown women pull out their credit cards for this latest tour, daydreaming of the Joey McIntyre posters that once adorned their lockers, we present a brief look back at the best in boy-band footwear through the years. Alas, there isn’t a whole lot of photographic documentation of the adorable awkwardness that was New Edition’s early years, so enjoy this video instead: