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Calling all 90s tweens, teens, and even adults!

Almost 20 years later, what’s old is officially new in the fashion world.

If you were a girl in this decade, you probably remember having or wanting a pair of stretchy platform sandals. *shakes head yes*

Well, Steve Madden is making all our dreams come true with the return of the iconic Slinky sandal, which is currently available for pre-order and set to ship this summer.

Slinky, $70, Steve Madden

Steve Madden

The shoe company has updated its classic slide with a flatter sole and more rounded edges, making it right on trend for one of the hottest shoe styles right now, platforms. .

And if you’re longing for other shoes from the 80s and 90s, we’ve rounded up some of the biggest trends that are coming back.

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A true ’90s trend (think Mary Janes, lace-up boots, sneakers and Spice Girls), platforms are a true style hybrid today. Many of the styles we’ve already mentioned can be found in a flat silhouette, making them the epitome of a throwback deal! For summer, expect these soles to feature woven espadrilles or rubber trim.

Blue denim cross-strap flat mules, $50, Missguided


Typical Chunky Tie Leg Platforms, $46, ASOS


Flatform Universal Mirrored Metallic, $100, Suits you

Suits you

Platform sandals, $35, H&M


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Double-strap leather sandals

More commonly known as Birkenstocks (for the brand that popularized the look), this style has managed to shed its hippie origins and regain traction among the fashionable crowd. It’s made appearances everywhere, from catwalks to summer music festivals, for its overall comfort and ease of wear. Pair them with everything from skinny jeans to maxi dresses.

Arizona soft footbed sandals, $135, Nordström


Topshop Studded Slide Sandal, $68, Nordström


Original Collection ‘Frill’ Slide Sandal, $88, Nordström


Splendid Jina Leather Open Toe Slip-On Sandals, $50, Saks off 5th

Saks off 5th

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boat shoe

A preppy 80s staple, boat shoes have gone bigger than ever this summer. New releases come in a plethora of designs ranging from florals to animal prints and everything in between. The silhouette itself has also undergone some changes, becoming more feminine and flattering thanks to a slim and shorter toe.

Estella boat shoes by ShoeDazzle, $30, ShoeDazzle


Sperry Dunefish boat shoes, $49, Macy’s



This style has been popular for hundreds of years in Central America and was a big hit in the United States in the 80s. Now it is once again making a splash on the fashion scene. Current offerings range from the traditional silhouette to more contemporary interpretations, complete with hand-woven leather details. These are perfect with shorts and cotton beach dresses.

Ruby leather fisherman woven sandal, $40, Boohoo


Natalia Woven Leather Ballet Flats, $35, Boohoo


Latigo Hibiscus Apartment, $80, Nordström


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Jelly shoes

If you’re anything like us, your childhood summers were filled with this effervescent shoe style. Although it’s been on a long hiatus since the ’80s, it’s since been reborn in sleek styles that look just as chic in the office as they do on the boardwalk. Almost every luxury brand now has a jelly version of the shoe, although we love the classic thick, translucent rubber styles that pay homage to the original.

Jeffrey Campbell Jelly Slide Sandal, $45, Nordström


Strappy jelly sandals, $13, forever 21

forever 21

PDR New Womens Summer Retro Jelly Slingback Strappy Heel, $14, Amazon


Jelly ankle strap sandals, $15, forever 21

forever 21

Jack Rogers Women’s Georgica Jelly Thing Sandal, $49, Amazon


Canvas sneakers with laces

Canvas sneakers – namely Keds – were a wardrobe staple at the time. Now that styles from the 80s and 90s are being revived, it only makes sense that these shoes are also making a comeback. The Keds Champion style is a timeless classic and looks quite modern these days thanks to new fabrics and printed materials like linen, cork, lace, eyelets and perforated leather. When in doubt, stick with a crisp white pair that goes well with everything – as long as you keep it clean!

Women’s Classic Bal American Eagle Sneakers, $20, pay less

pay less

Women’s Superga 2750 Embcotw Fashion Sneakers, $76-85, Amazon


Keds Champion Original Women’s Canvas Sneakers, $45, Amazon


Women’s Triple Core Keds Fashion Sneakers, $55, Amazon


Women’s Superga 2750 Cotlinu Fashion Sneakers, $85, Amazon


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Slip-on sneakers

A signature of surf and skate culture, the slip-on sneaker is a decidedly unisex design that recently got a facelift. It is now found in openwork, sequined, snakeskin, velvet, suede, foal-style or even holographic versions. The shoe has gone beyond its simple canvas and rubber roots to embrace a fully fashionable style suitable for almost any occasion.

Classic slip-on sneakers, $60, Nordström


Soludos Avocado Slip-On Sneakers, $89, Shop


Damon slip-on sneakers, $28, ASOS


Steve Madden Elouise, $60, Zappos


Shower sandals

In the early 90s, it was the epitome of cool to wear shower sandals… outside of the shower. Pair them with baggy pants and an equally roomy top and you are. The style mostly featured a thick strip of rubber material covering the toes and tops of the feet, with the sports brand logo on it, some offering a “massage” footbed of tiny rubber bristles (these were sometimes even associated with socks). The basic shape has been reinterpreted to include soft leather iterations that read more sophisticated than sporty and have no style restrictions – although you would NOT want to wear this version in the shower!

Poppy Multi Band Slider Flat, $20, Boohoo


Pink Bow Sliders, $20, Missguided


Vans slip-on sandals, $30, Nordström


Slippers, $25, H&M


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Athletic sandals

Do you remember when you could do anything in a sporty sandal: mountain biking, hiking, crossing streams, etc.? ? That was thanks to a shock-absorbing sole and woven straps that securely held your foot in place via buckles or Velcro. Teva Sandals, the purveyor of the look, is certainly having a new moment thanks to the rise of “athleisure”. The classic shoe has been revamped in thinner materials, but still retains that fitness-focused appeal. You could also blame this resurgence on the rise of the “normcore” trend. Whatever the motivation, the athletic sandal is the centerpiece of the strong re-emergence of the retro flat shoe!

Original sandal leather fringe, $80, Suits you

Suits you

Original Universal Rope, $90, Suits you

Suits you

Michael Michael Kors Sybil Strappy Sandals, $135, Macy’s


Maxim, $60, Aldo


Clarks Seanna Sun Sandal, $80, Nordström


This article was originally published on July 17, 2015 on