UGG boots weren’t the only questionable shoe we wore in the 2000s. We wore our UGGs (and knockoff Uggs) for a large part of the decade, but they definitely weren’t the only shoes we had in our closet. We had as many different shoes as we had hats and belts. We loved gladiator sandals, skater sneakers–especially when they were accessorized with a chain wallet–and we cannot forget about all of the flip flops.
These are all of the WTF shoes we wore in the 2000s:
If you think about it now, you probably can’t believe that you (or your mom) paid more than $10 for a shoe that was as thin as a piece of paper. They were so thin that if you stepped on a coin you could feel whether it was heads or tails. If the thong didn’t come off from the sole after a couple of wears, it was a miracle.
Your cowboy boots were like your cowboy hat. You wore them because you thought it added a touch of boho to your look. Plus, what other shoe could you really wear with a fringed vest? Not even your beloved flip flops worked with that.
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You probably won’t admit that you owned a pair of Crocs, but deep down you know you did. (If there is a picture of Kate Middleton wearing them, surely there is one of you.) You may have saved them for late night trips to get pizza or for Monday mornings when you didn’t give a crap, but you did own them. And you secretly loved how comfortable they were.
If someone thought that flip flops were just for the beach, you considered it blasphemy. If they made hot pink sandals with rhinestone embellishment surely those were not meant to get sandy and wet. Even your leopard print monokini wasn’t fancy enough for those shoes.
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ometimes fashion designers merge two items to create a cool new one. Jeggings are a good example, and so was Emma Stone‘s jacket skirt hybrid at the Golden Globes. Unfortunately that chunky pair of shoes that you could never figure out what exactly were, were not a good invention. They needed to make up their mind whether they were shoes, boots or a foot cast.
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Remember how happy you were when kitten heels first became popular? You loved your peep-toe platform heels, but you had to admit sometimes they did hurt your toes. Kitten heels were great. You could easily walk in them and they came in that wonderful pink plastic style that looked exactly like Barbie‘s.
What is there to say that hasn’t been said about our favorite fuzzy boots? You felt a bit like a celebrity wearing them. It didn’t matter that yours were stained because you wore them in a place where there were actual winters and you didn’t always remember to accessorize them with an iced coffee and a (fake) designer bag.
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Everyone owned at least one pair of brown or gold gladiator sandals that had a few straps on the ankle, but you fancied yourself a bit of a fashionsita (you liked the word at the time) so you wanted a more eye-catching pair. If the Olsen twins wore knee-high gladiator sandals then you definitely had to.
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Black Converse weren’t your only sneaker option if you wanted to show that you were edgy and that you could name all three of the dudes in Blink 182. You could also wear a pair of skater shoes that made your feet look four times as wide and half their length.
Thank goodness for skinny jeans otherwise you would have had no idea what you would have worn with your over-the-knee boots. Bare legs were not an option. Did you wear over-the-knee boots to get protection you from cold weather? No. Did you wear them because they exposed precisely 10 inches of denim-clad thigh? Yes.
There was no such thing as too much fringe in the 2000s. We loved everything with fringe on it from bags to vests to boots. If it was suede fringe that was even better because that earned us boho points, and those were extremely important to get.
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We can probably blame Johnny Depp and The Pirates Of The Caribbean for our obsession with looking like a chic pirate. If you wanted to look like Mrs. Jack Sparrow you bought a pair of black folded-down boots. Sometimes you added a vest and a blouse with voluminous sleeves, because the more pirate-y the look, the better, right?
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If there was a boot that you cringe at the memory of, it is probably the Mukluks, if it isn’t Uggs. You should have known something was up when your cat chewed the fuzzy pompoms off of them, but even that didn’t stop you from wearing them.
You loved strappy gladiators but everyone needs to switch up their look now and then which is why you bought a pair of the chunkier cutout gladiators. The offered extremely limited foot moment and the cutouts gave you blisters in places you didn’t know that you could experience pain, but they worked so well with your prairie skirt.
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