Y2K wedge sandals are back and better than ever



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It’s a sartorial movement that hardly anyone saw coming, but 2000s corners are back. And for anyone quietly struggling with the return to outlet shoes (let’s be real, right?), The nostalgic and comfy heel might just be the answer to our collective shoe anxiety. With a high height and even weight distribution, this is the transitional shoe we didn’t know we needed as we prepare to step back into the world.

“Wedge heels are dressy and casual at the same time,” Rei Yoon Hongmi, creative director of Korean brand Reike Nen, told POPSUGAR. “The crisp figure conveys a sense of femininity, but comfort. The current fashion moment aims to be somewhere in between.” What’s old is new again – just look at the most recent tracks to prove it: Schiaparelli’s fall / winter 2021 collection featured a stunning boot with a golden wedge heel and trompe-l’oeil effects, while Givenchy launched a very shiny wedge in fireman red. And retailers have followed suit with other exciting iterations in metallic, snakeskin and lucite, uplifting the figure from the early years to the present day.

After more than a year of socks and slippers, the return of the Y2K wedge sole looks like a slight nod to maximalism, bringing back the joy of dressing again. “There is a cultural renaissance and a change underway,” said Barbara Borghini, creative director of luxury footwear brand Gia Couture. (Gabrielle Union, Ashley Graham, and Karlie Kloss are all fans.) “Now that we are emerging from the pandemic and feeling optimistic for the future, it’s time for an update.”

We hear Borghini loud and clear. Coming up, buy 15 wedges that are perfect for strutting around outdoors. When it comes to sustainable footwear trends, you can’t go wrong with comfort.



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