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The Fashion Memo

20 of the best ’90s-style sandals

As the party invitations pile in, meet the sexy, strappy shoe destined to be your style savior this season


Fashion’s love of the ’90s remains undiminished. Now, as party season approaches, discerning dressers hoping to put a fresh spin on after-dark style are championing an iconic shoe that defined the decade: the strappy sandal. When it comes to finding the perfect pair, specificity is key: you are looking for a mid-heel (not just for practical reasons; the height is a key ’90s reference), with straps either crossing over just before your toes or lining the outer side of your foot. What to wear them with? One of the best things about these sandals is that you can slip on a pair with any outfit – tailoring, dresses, denim, shorts, jumpsuits – and for every occasion. Barely-there styles from The Row, By Far and Nicholas Kirkwood work for everything from cocktail hour to informal events and even black-tie soirées, so why not invest in a couple of different colors to see you through the season in style?


  • The Row
    Bare leather sandals
  • Gianvito Rossi
    Calypso 70 crystal-embellished suede sandals
  • Giuseppe Zanotti
    Crystal-embellished suede and leather mules
  • Gianvito Rossi
    Manhattan 85 leather sandals

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