How Aaliyah’s Effortlessly Cool Style and Shoes Continues to Influence Fashion

Aaliyah’s style was truly one in a million.

The R&B star, who died 18 years ago in a plane crash at the age of 22, continues to influence the fashion world with her signature tomboy look.

Aaliyah at the "Next Generation Jeans" Tommy Hilfiger Ad Shoot, 1997, aaliyah shoe style, slides
Aaliyah at the “Next Generation Jeans” Tommy Hilfiger Ad Shoot, 1997.
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The late singer’s sultry street style redefined what was considered fashionable for women in the entertainment industry. While Aaliyah’s peers wore form-fitting dresses and heels on the red carpet, the “One in a Million” songstress often opted for pants and Timberland boots in the ’90s.

Aaliyah at the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, 1995, alliyah shoe style, timberland boots
Aaliyah at the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, 1995.
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And when it came to footwear, Aaliyah didn’t play games. Aside from Timberland work boots, she appeared onscreen and off in popular sneakers of the time, like Puma Clydes and Nike Air Force 1s.

Aaliyah wearing Puma Clyde sneakers at an MTV event, 2001, aaliyah shoe style, sneakers
Aaliyah wearing Puma Clyde sneakers at an MTV event, 2001.
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Aaliyah, 2001, Nike shoes, aaliyah shoes
Aaliyah in Nike Air Force 1 sneakers at an event for BET in 2001.
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Years later, Aaliyah did embrace her feminine side, like the time she wore a Roberto Cavalli dress and square-toe sandals to the MTV Video Music Awards in 2000.

Aaliyah at the 2000 MTV VMA's, aaliyah style, aaliyah shoe style
Aaliyah at the 2000 MTV VMAs.
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Whether Aaliyah dressed up or down throughout the years, she never lost her original tomboy edge. That’s why, even after her death in 2001, the singer remains a style icon today.

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