Shoe trends change every season, but as is usually the case with fashion's cyclical nature, certain styles tend to return—and with quite a vengeance, too. You're probably well aware of the fact that the strappy sandals of the '90s and the cool, boho-inspired platforms of the '70s are back and better than ever in 2019. But what you may have missed is that, in addition to these bygone decades, there are several 2000s shoe trends that have infiltrated every fashion girl's closet this season as well.
Yep, if you just so happened to keep any of the shoes you used to wear in high school (hoarders, this may actually work in your favor), now may finally be the time to dust them off and take them out for another spin because the biggest styles of the early aughts are here to stay for the summer. We're talking clear shoes, platform mules, and platform flip-flops, as well as a handful of cool sneakers that are bound to conjure up thoughts of the 2000s skater scene.
Ready to learn all about the 2000s shoe trends that are still so relevant today? Then read on to see how fashion girls are wearing them now, plus shop the most popular styles.
Yep, those platform slides that you wore all throughout middle school have slowly bee re-emerging in the street-style scene. Enter Steve Madden's latest shoe release (lots of platforms slides and flip flops), and the style is officially back and better than ever.
Nike high-tops have been a favorite for years, but the classic 2000s sneaker has officially cemented itself as an It shoe in 2019. Celebs like Bella Hadid have them on rotation.
Converse Chuck Taylors
Just like Nike high-tops, Converse Chuck Taylors have been a mainstay in every fashion lover's wardrobe. In the 2000s, it was one of the OG skater shoes (along with Vans).
Just about everyone owned a pair of kitten heels in the 2000s. Black was a classic, but neon-colored (or embellished) ones were also very popular.
The OG skater shoe is probably the coolest (and most comfortable) sneaker you'll own. Go for the checkered pair to really channel the aughts or opt for a classic black, which is slightly more versatile.
Metallic, holographic, and clear heels were a major shoe trend in the early aughts. Now, the style has been favored by the likes of the Kardashians and Kate Bosworth, to name a few, and just about every designer has released their take on the 2000s classic.
Chunky Platform Loafers
Platform loafers are an unlikely 2000s shoe trend that has returned with a vengeance 19 years later. Wear them with white socks if you really wanna channel the early aughts.
The cousin to the classic slip-on mule, platform flip flops are officially back, thanks to the new Steve Madden and Urban Outfitters collaboration.
Take a look at any red carpet event from the aughts, and you'll see super-pointy pumps were every star's favorite footwear pick (think Hilary Duff, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and Paris Hilton).
The '90s shoe was still very popular in the 2000s, too. To no surprise, the barely there style has cemented itself as one of the top summer shoe styles of 2019.