During the beginning of the 2000s, heeled flip-flops were the must-have shoe worn by notable names (non-fictional and fake) like Brittany Spears and Reese Witherspoon's Legally Blonde character, Elle Woods. Though they went out of style for awhile, they've been deemed trendy again, thanks to fashion-forward A-listers like Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner. Like other footwear styles that were once associated with being controversial (see also, dad sneakers, Birkenstocks, Dr. Martens), the fashion industry is offering a new perspective on the thong silhouette.
Designers of every caliber are giving their own unique take on the nostalgic trend by offering a grown-up way to wear heeled flip-flops. Fitted with both kitten to stiletto heels, toes both square and round, there are several colors to choose from — like, neutrals and neons. Prints aren't to be forgotten, either. Turn to New York-based label STAUD for heeled-flip flops in trendy animal motifs. The brand's Audrey Sandal, $295, combines three trends in one with its heeled flip-flop silhouette, zebra print, and square-toe. The sandal also comes in tan and brown croc-embossed, if those are more your speed. And if you want to try the trend out in a fun hue, Simon Miller has you covered. Jenner was pictured wearing the label's Beep Leather Thong Sandals in black, $390, but the shoe is also available in bright turquoise and a two-tone brown and navy blue.
If you're fully ready to embrace the nostalgic '00s trend, scroll ahead to shop TZR's favorite styles below.
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