If the return of hair scrunchies, chokers, and overalls weren’t enough to tell you that the ’90s resurgence is officially a thing in the fashion world, you can find the proof in the shoes. Whether you experienced ’90s shoe trends the first time around or not, this is one fashion throwback that you simply can’t deny.
Blame it on our nostalgia for the fashion in films such as Sex and the City or Clueless—after all, they introduced us to brands such as Manolo Blahnik and Alaïa, respectively. We may have already tapped into some of the biggest ’90s trends this season, but it only makes sense that our footwear follows suit.
If you’re ready to step into a sartorial time warp, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite styles that’ll fit your personal aesthetic, whether you find yourself to be more of a Carrie or a Miranda. Cue the nostalgia—the ’90s have made a triumphant return.
While they’ve been one of the most polarizing trends of the season, chunky sneakers have been making the rounds among the fashion set, giving off an edge of cool you simply can’t deny.
Once you’ve shopped your favorites, see if you can name all the supermodels who ruled the ’90s.
Perhaps we’ve gone into stiletto fatigue, but we’re seeing kitten heels everywhere. Comfortable while still remaining polished, these heels will go with anything you wear, whether it’s a pair of jeans or a pencil skirt.
The old-school Mary Jane silhouette has made a comeback in a major way. Wear a heeled version for a more dressed-up approach or a flat with the signature strap for your everyday look.
If you haven’t hopped on the mules and slides train, now might be the time. Slip these shoes on and off at a moment’s notice whether you’re off to run errands or grabbing drinks with your friends.
Brogues and oxfords are perfect for a more comfortable option at the office. Choose a pair with a thicker sole if you want to really throw it back.
Whether you wore them the first time around or not, plastic shoes are back and bigger than ever. Wear yours to accompany a pair of statement pants or with a skirt to give the illusion of mile-long legs.
If there’s anything that speaks to the ’90s, it’s platform sandals. Another polarizing trend from the decade, you can wear these with a spring dress for a cool contrast or as your next favorite summer sandal.
Reminiscent of ’90s power dressing, a square-toe heel is a breath of fresh air from the timeless pointy-toe pumps. Wear these to the office or to brunch.