2000s shoes adored by Olivia Rodrigo and Dua Lipa


Somewhere between our (pre-pandemic) enthusiasm for chunky boots and our addiction to comfortable slippers emerged a whole new beast: a love for platform sandals.

You know, the kind of shoes you’ll find on a Bratz doll, that we all try to dress like now that fashion has once again considered the 2000s cool. No one puts it more clearly than Olivia Rodrigo, who has tried our nostalgia to create brilliant visuals for her music videos like Brutal and Good 4 U.

Rodrigo is one of the many celebrities who co-signed the return of platform sandals. The singer did it most publicly during her visit to the White House in July, wearing a Chanel suit and a pair of white Giuseppe Zanotti shoes that looked like tall Mary Janes.

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Before her, Dua Lipa won the Brit Awards 2021 in a pair of towering ‘Ghillie’ heels by Vivienne Westwood, one of Gen Z’s favorite designers. The shoes, first unveiled on the runway in 1993, have a spiritual successor in the form of Marc Jacobs’ “Kiki” platforms that the Don’t start now the singer also owns, which Bella Hadid wore, and that TikTok is currently obsessed with.

The appeal of platform sandals transcends generations, as we saw when Beyoncé shared photos of her Versace look on Instagram last week. She wore the Italian brand’s hot pink Medusa pumps, instantly making it the most searched Versace piece on the fashion search engine. Lyst.

Left: Dua Lipa at the 2021 Brit Awards (Photo credit: Getty Images) |  Right: Beyoncé in Versace (Photo credit: @beyonce / Instagram)
Left: Dua Lipa at the 2021 Brit Awards (Photo credit: Getty Images) | Right: Beyoncé in Versace (Photo credit: @beyonce / Instagram)

Platform sandals are just the latest in a series of bold 2000s trends, including low-rise jeans and exposed thongs, which are now back in full force. But beware: these shoes are not easy to wear thanks to their thick soles; they turned out to be disastrous even for model Naomi Campbell, who famous fell while strutting the catwalk in the aforementioned Vivienne Westwood heels.

If you think the risks of wearing platform sandals outweigh their benefits (for example, you will be able to dominate everyone in your trendy shoes), here are some styles you can buy right now.

Olivia Rodrigo’s Giuseppe Zanotti patent-leather heels are (unsurprisingly) sold out, but you can still pick up the shoes in this on-trend neon green hue endorsed by both Billie Eilish and Kanye West.

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Vivienne Westwood’s 9 inch heels are a popular piece for any fashion collector. First presented at the iconic British designer anglomania collection in 1993, the Elevated Ghillie platforms were re-released this year with all the details that have made them a cult favorite, from their purple croc-embossed leather construction to their drawstring closure.

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Any fashion fan will tell you that Nodaleto’s Bulla Babies pumps are the epitome of Bratz doll chic. The same goes for their new Bulla Anna pumps, which stand out with their signature curved block heels, square toe and, in this case, a sparkling pink upper that will complement the rest of your Y2K inspired outfit.

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Only the intrepid should try Moschino’s latest shoe style, featuring a 140mm platform heel. They can look sweet and harmless with their hot pink hue and bows on the front, but be aware that like the rest of Moschino’s offerings, you’ll need a lot of courage to wear them.

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Miu Miu has long reigned in the chunky platform department, often with her crystal-embellished versions on classic Mary Jane shoes. This pair is one of his more original designs. It’s made from the same distressed denim used in their Spring / Summer 2019 collection, which means you can now really wear the denim fabric from head to toe. Not even Britney spears can claim this feat.

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We wouldn’t wait to grab this pair of Versace’s Medusa heels, which were recently displayed by Beyoncé. In addition to the gain in height, the satin shoes will set you apart with their dazzling color as well as the Medusa charm that can be found along the strap.

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Understandably, Saint Laurent adopted the 2000s shoe silhouette in its signature shade of black. The French luxury brand’s Bianca heels, made in Italy from supple leather, are your go-to if you’re looking for something both timeless and trendy. Bonus: Unlike the striking styles on offer above, these will go with most of your outfits even after your year 2000 nostalgia has worn off.

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