5 '90s Shoe Trends Making A Comeback This Spring

From combat boots to platform sneakers.

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‘90s fashion is back in a big way and slowly inching its way into the 2020s with aplomb. First there was the denim trucker, then the silk slip dress — and finally, once overalls and bucket hats came back, you knew your wardrobe was fully reverting to that retro decade. Though ‘90s shoe trends were one of the last categories to fully arrive, it’s definitely all present and accounted for now.

This Spring, you’re about to fill your closet with shoe trends that you remember from nearly 30 years ago, but style them in new and exciting ways that makes them feel decidedly 2021.

The nostalgia doesn’t hurt. With everything leaning toward the ‘90s from films on Hulu to designs on the runway, it stands to reason that footwear would follow suit. And ‘90s shoe trends are pretty stylish. Think platform sneakers and strappy sandals, combat boots and gladiator flats. It’s footwear that makes a bold statement while still feeling edgy and cool.

Ahead, shop the 5 best shoe trends of the 1990s that are back for another trip around the sun.

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Combat Boots

The grunge trend is officially back. But this time, consider pairing them with a sweet sundress or full skirt for a fun and different take on the trend.


Chunky Loafers

These classic loafers boast a chunky, lug-like sole. They’re the perfect pairing for jeans and a leather jacket, or a tweed skirt and T-shirt.


Strappy Sandals

This minimalist trend is perfect when you want to add a touch of elegance to your overall look. Though they’re great with slip dresses, consider pairing them with menswear-inspired looks as well like casual denim or tailored suiting.


Gladiator-Style Wrap Sandals

Much like strappy sandals, these flat or heeled styles come with a strap that wraps around your ankle or up your calf. Either way, they make a bold statement paired with dresses and denim alike.


Checkered Print Sneakers

Checkered print is back but if you’re a fan of Vans classic slip-ons, chances are you never stopped wearing it. The black and white pattern pairs well with neutrals and brights alike.