Every summer, there's a standout sandal style that seems to be just about everywhere. Two years ago, it was The Row's barely there strappy sandals, and last year, Bottega Veneta's square-toe mules were ubiquitous among the fashion set. And while spring/summer 2020 has only just begun, already this year we're seeing one key footwear style start to emerge as the frontrunner for shoe of the season.
Yes, it may be April still, and we may be spending much less time in shoes right now, but platform flip-flops have already started showing up all over our social media feeds, solidifying themselves as the style of summer. The Row can once again certainly be credited for sparking the return of these '90s shoes thanks to its £700 luxury leather iteration, which have been worn by Monikh, Lucy Williams and Brittany Bathgate.
Lucy Williams wearing the Ginza flip-flops by The Row.
If these flip-flops feel familiar, it's because they featured in many '90s teenage shows and films. Julia Stiles wore a similar pair in the cult film 10 Things I Hate About You. They also look like they are straight from a Mary-Kate and Ashley straight-to-VHS film from the '90s.
Shoes of this style have unsurprisingly also started to pop up across contemporary and high-street brands. Neous has created its own flip-flops featuring a unique wooden platform detail, while Mango has also jumped on the trend offering a heeled version of the shoes. Arket's padded high-street versions, which have been championed by a number of influencers (and have already sold out), and Monki's super-stacked flip-flops with satin straps make it clear this sandal trend is set to be big over the next few months.