10 Heeled Flip-Flops That Will Make You Reconsider The Early Aughts Trend For 2020
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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Reverse Leather Thong Sandals
Marni's Reverse Leather Thong Sandals showcases an architectural iteration on the '00s trend. These unique sandals probably aren't like anything you own.
Jack Leopard-Print Leather Sandals
Not a heel person? Not to fret, the sandal comes in itty-bitty kitten heels, too. You don't have to sacrifice style for comfort with By Far's Jack Leopard-Print Leather Sandals.
Alix Croc-Effect Patent-Leather Sandals
For Sies Marjan's spring collection, the designer included a croc-effect thong sandal. Consider matching the glossy, patent-leather finish will an equally shiny lip.
Sigerson Morrison's Jewel Sandals are a modern version of your classic pool flip-flop. Wear the rubber shoes near the water, or pair them with a casual weekend getup.
Logo-Print Metallic Textured-Leather Mules
Leave it to Balenciaga to create an ultra-luxe iteration of a heeled flip-flop. Instead of your typical stiletto, wear its Logo-Print Metallic Textured-Leather Mules to an upcoming wedding or upscale event.
Kim 40mm Thong-Strap Sandals
If you're looking for a wear-with-everything, consider Gia Couture's Kim 40mm Thong-Strap Sandals. And it's ideal for those who want a little extra height.
Add a punchy pop of color with Simon Miller's Beep Thong in Wave. Pair the turquoise shoe with other vivid hues, or make it standout with an all-white ensemble.
If you want to test out the trend before splurging, opt for Steven's Tippie Sandals, ringing in at $101. Whether you chose the black or white, they'll look chic with anything in your closet.
Experiment with a fun animal print heeled flip-flop this summer. There's no sign of the zebra print craze slowing down, so you'll be right on-trend.
Leather Slingback Sandals
If you're worried about the lack of support a heeled flip flop provides, this style from Studio Amelia is what you need. Featuring an ankle strap, your foot isn't likely to slip out.