What Shoes Does Max Wear In Stranger Things

If you are a fan of neon colors, short shorts and the mom jeans look, then Stranger Things (2016- Present) might just be your fashionista dream come true. No show worships, or recreates, the 1980’s and its pop culture more accurately than the Duffer Brothers Netflix masterpiece. Full of powerful female characters and a wardrobe department to match, it is no wonder that all the tomboys out there wish they could look as fierce and relaxed in a Max Stranger Things outfit as our young demon fighter does.

When Max Mayfield moves to Hawkins, Indiana she could never have predicted how her life would turn out. Especially that her bullying step-brother Billy would be possessed by evil or that he would actually sacrifice himself for her friend Eleven. Stranger Things, Netflix.

Opening in November 1983, our first introduction to Hawkins, Indiana comes with the abduction of Will Byers and the appearance of the young psychokinetic Eleven. With Will’s disappearance the starting point for the Stranger Things plot, it isn’t long before we learn all there is to know about Hawkins and the Upside Down.  

Max Mayfield the skateboarding, arcade game playing tomboy might not have moved to Hawkins to make friends, but that won’t stop the gang from trying to change her mind.


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Max has a casual, tomboy 80’s look. Featuring a lot of jeans and track jackets.


More comfortable as one of the boys, her relationship with Eleven takes some time. But coming together to fight the supernatural, which Max is still skeptical about, is all fun and games until that evil is your step-brother. Max might have thought it couldn’t get any worse than Billy sacrificing himself to save her friend, but her hiding her feelings about it only ends up bringing a bigger, scarier evil, right into her mind. 


With a wardrobe of classic 80’s looks to design, recreate and thrift, costume designer Amy Parris and her team, really had their work cut out for them. 

So let’s take a look and see how they created the perfect Max Stranger Things outfit.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/iI3j673h0GE?feature=oembedAmy Parris gives a fascinating insight into creating each character’s Season 4 look. Skip to 16.41 to hear about Max Mayfield.

Max Mayfield, played by rising star Sadie Sink who also plays Ziggy Berman in Fear Street, has been forced to move to Hawkins with her mum, stepfather Neil and his son Billy. The initial shyness we see from her, some of which is the result of her bullying step-brother, doesn’t stop Max from fully embracing the bright colors and prints of the decade. Often seen wearing a rainbow of colors from sunshine yellows and bold lilacs to deep reds and greens.  

We have already explained in detail Max Mayfield’s striped t-shirt and jeans shorts outfit



And here is how to Dress Up Like Ziggy Berman from Fear Street, also Played by Sadie Sink

With a tomboy style that closely reflects her lack of interest in perms, make-up and nail polish, Max instead has a wardrobe full of baggy jeans, denim shorts and t-shirts. All easily layered with her sports jackets and hoodies to give her a casual and relaxed feel to her character, and allow her to be invisible to the superficial popular high schoolers.

Honey Punch Striped Ringer Tee worn by Max Sadie Sink seen in Stranger Things S03E03
Honey Punch Striped Ringer Tee worn by Max (Sadie Sink) seen in Stranger Things S03E03


Although, just because a Max Stranger Things outfit has a tomboy style, doesn’t mean she isn’t up on the latest fashion trends, unlike her eventual best friend Eleven. When we see them hit the Starcourt Mall together in Season three it is Max who helps Eleven find her new style, including that now well known geometric print romper. 

But as each season of Stranger Things brings the gang more untold sadness and horrors, nobody feels the loss quite like Max. Especially after she loses her step-brother Billy. Explaining why we see her start to dress in darker tones with more jackets and loose baggy clothes to hide herself away as she mourns.

Hang Ten Barb Jacket worn by Max (Sadie Sink) seen in Stranger Things S04E08

But one thing that never changes is her love of sneakers, she could probably give Jordan Baker from All American a run for his money. Although Max prefers Vans sneakers, in particular a pair of SK8-Hi Slim Windsors in a dark brown suede that were one of the company’s most iconic skate shoe silhouettes of all time. So much so they recently reissued the SK8-Hi sneaker

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Vans Sneakers Worn by Sadie Sink as Max Mayfield in Stranger Things S04E03 Chapter Three The Monster and the Superhero (1)
Vans Sneakers Worn by Sadie Sink as Max Mayfield in Stranger Things S04E03 Chapter Three The Monster and the Superhero (2)

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