I am not about to make an argument that shoegazers were the originators of the use of reverb. However, I'm sure I could make a pretty good argument that they were some of the first to use it excessively, among other things like ethereal vocals and tidal wave distortion. Now let me get to the reason why I said "Or was it?" Most would argue that the Shoegazing scene ended in the early to mid-'90s. However, in the past few years, I have found myself hearing new artists who have been incorporating a "Wall of Sound" production style. Ever hear that phrase before? Shoegaze isn't dead, it has just grown up and merged into modern pop.
I give examples of old and examples of new. Enjoy.
(New'07) Panda Bear - "Comfy In Nautica" Listen for the Wall of sound and reverb drenched ethereal vocals.
(Old '85) The Jesus and Mary Chain - "Taste of Cindy" Listen for the buzzsaw guitar distortion so often employed by the JMC.
(New '07) Liars - "Freak Out" Listen to the similarities to the JMC.
(Old '95) Mojave 3 - "Love Songs on the Radio" Formed from the remains of Slowdive, Mojave 3 are one of the early bands to evolve out of the early scene while incorporating their shoegazing roots.
(New '06) Beach House - "Master of None"
Hope you enjoyed some of the compare and contrasts. I could cite some other popular bands of today that draw from shoegaze style production and sound like Grizzly Bear, specifically on their new album, and Deerhunter as well. But yeah. The Scene That Celebrated Itself is gone, but they left us with an aesthetic legacy so that we may continue to celebrate. At least I will. Oh, and to be continued.