Thongs Are Officially Spring's Most Controversial Shoe Trend

Don't shoot the messenger, but it's true! What started as the '90s strappy sandal (still very much a spring shoe trend to know) quickly evolved into the extremely sartorially nostalgic thong sandal, and after several of our favorite brands churned out chic iterations of the trend, we couldn't help but pay attention.

Some of you may be sitting there reading this rolling your eyes, thinking Yeah, flip-flops? I've heard of them... while others are reminiscing over the platform Rocket Dog thongs we all wore with cargo pants and tube tops. But the S/S 19 take on the trend is a bit sleeker, which is what gives me hope that you'll be open to trying them.

I'm not quite sure exactly when it happened, but there was definitely a sharp turning point for thong sandals. One day they were more than acceptable, and then in the blink of an eye, they became the definition of taboo (with the exception of wearing them to the beach, of course).

So when we started to see designers send thong sandals down the runways paired with tailored suits and loose trousers, it was quite shocking, to say the least. However, the more we saw the polarizing footwear item on the runways and on street stylers, the more comfortable we became with the idea. Fast-forward six months and we're the trend's biggest cheerleaders.

Ahead, we've rounded up the 18 best thong sandals the internet has to offer—ones that will ease you into the trend with little to no shock factor. Once you see the brands that are supporting the trend, you'll find it hard to resist… We can promise you that. 

Slim red sandals will work wonders in your wardrobe. 

Pair these with a tailored suit for an unexpected twist on two classic pieces. 

The shoes you're about to see all over Instagram. 

Just the shoes your jeans and white T-shirt were looking for. 

One more pair from Staud since all the colors and styles are perfection. 

If your heart just skipped a beat, you're not alone. 

Another festive two-in-one trend situation. 

The girls in Copenhagen love these. 

But have you ever seen a prettier green hue?

Simple and sleek for the minimalist at heart. 

You'll need these in every color. 

Pair these with a LBD for a '90s night-out vibe. 

These remind me of shoes I had in the third grade… in a good way. 

This silhouette really has the barely-there effect. 

Orange you glad you scrolled to the last slide? (Sorry, bad dad joke.) 

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