I Thought This Shoe Trend Was Over, But Now I'm Here for It

Just when we thought we'd seen it all, yet another trend we thought was over is slowly coming back to life. I never thought I'd see the day when I got behind wedge sandals again, but that day has arrived.

Gen Z would call the wedge sandals we once knew and loved "cheugy," but the 2022 rendition is anything but that. Blending together Y2K motifs like PVC, baby pink, and sometimes even animal print, the wedges that have been gracing my Instagram feed are none like we've ever seen before. Fashion people have caught on quickly because it didn't take long for me to see all of them wearing the trend at once. Scroll below to shop the chic ways that they've been wearing them. 


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Effortless summer outfits are taken to the next level when you finish them off with a pair of wedge sandals. I'll be wearing my matching sets over and over again with a simple switch-up of accessories.

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When wearing wedge sandals, it's not the time to play it safe. Take risks by pairing yours with a minidress that's just as bold.

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Add a romantic perspective to the biker persona by choosing a pair of wedge sandals. This ensemble is totally '80s and such a fun way to show off your personal style.

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If you thought you loved wedge sandals, just wait until you see this platform-wedge hybrid. After watching shoes like this grace the runways last season, I think we all need to give this style a try.

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Fully embrace the Y2K look by pairing your wedge sandals with a printed tank top and vintage-esque blue jeans. It's such an effortless way to get dressed in the morning.

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Sierra Mayhew was always destined to work in fashion, but she didn't know it at first. Growing up with no choice but to wear a rotation of school uniforms and activewear, her love for fashion really blossomed when she moved away for college and was able to finally define her very own personal style. Shortly thereafter, she interned at Elle magazine and instantly knew that editorial was for her. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, she worked for ShopBazaar, contributing regularly to Bazaar.com, and finally made her way to Who What Wear, where she is an associate editor. When she’s not working, you can catch her always trying to catch a flight, rollerblading through New York City traffic, or exploring the latest luxury vintage boutique.