When it comes to fashion, Kim Kardashian always seems to be one step ahead of the curve.
For months, the 39-year-old reality star has been pulling off the high-heeled thong sandal, a somewhat controversial shoe silhouette. Popular in the ’90s and early ’00s, the heeled flip-flop returned in 2019 in sleeker fashion, with skinnier straps and slimmer heels. Kardashian was one of the early adopters of the trend, which later found favor with celebrities such as Katie Holmes, Hailey Baldwin and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
Over the past year, Kardashian has worn multiple pairs of thong sandals — all with very different looks. For a February appearance on “Good Morning America,” the KKW Beauty businesswoman teamed a pair of strappy gold Bottega Veneta heeled thong sandals ($775 on Ssense.com) with a top and skirt in yellow, one of the season’s trending colors. The outfit put a California girl twist on business-chic winter fashion.
The A-lister has also smartly styled heeled thong sandals for a casual Miami outing. While out and about in the sunny city in December alongside sister Kourtney, Kardashian teamed clear wedge thong sandals from husband Kanye West’s Yeezy label with textured lace-up pants and a tied-up graphic T-shirt. The sandals initially retailed for $830 but are on sale at 50% off on The Webster’s website for $415.
Kardashian has made the case for those clear Yeezy wedges multiple times, and she’s proved how versatile the shoes are. In New York in September, the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star paired her thong wedges with a silky beige blouse and trousers, which had a pajamalike vibe.
Unsurprisingly, Kardashian has also made the case for the thong sandal as an evening shoe. On the same September trip to New York, the Skims mogul paired gray Yeezy thong sandals with a black mesh metal halter top and bootcut leather pants. The look was very ’00s, right down to the shoes. Farfetch.com now has the shoes marked down by 40% to $317.
If you’re into the heeled thong sandal look but Yeezy and Bottega Veneta are out of your price range, no worries. We’ve rounded up some more affordable styles below to help you get Kardashian’s look for less.
To Buy: Calvin Klein Monty Sandal, $53 to $141.
To Buy: Steve Madden Bashment Sandal, $90 (was $120).
To Buy: Jessica Simpson Coyrie Wedge Flip-Flop, $52 to $69.
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