Square Toe Sandals Might Be Our Favorite ’90s-Inspired Trend

Eliza Huber

Anymore, it feels impossible to look around without getting the feeling that the '90s have taken over. From mini skirt suits à la Cher Horowitz to Kelly Kapowski-inspired scrunchies, you'd be hard-pressed to avoid slipping past '90s fashion trends of late. So instead of hiding from the past, we've decided to embrace the era full force. First stop: square-toe shoes. If you're still wearing round toes, you're so stuck in the '00s.

With the help of indie shoe brands like Rafa, By Far, and Loq, the square toe sandal has gone through a major revamp. These aren't the Nine West strappy heels you'll find sitting on a shelf at your local vintage shop (okay, maybe they kind of are). Since the new square toe heel inception, dozens of new designer takes on this vintage-inspired trend have popped up from the likes of Bottega Veneta and Neous. Basically, square toe shoes are beloved by all, despite their origins.

Since you may not be convinced of bucket hats and tracksuits quite yet, the 23 sandals ahead will give you all the throwback vibes you need to master the era in style.

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<br> <br> <strong>Mango</strong> Heel Leather Mules, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fshop.mango.com%2Fus%2Fwomen%2Fshoes-heeled-sandals%2Fheel-leather-mules_67005943.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mango" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Mango</a>

Mango Heel Leather Mules, $, available at Mango
<br> <br> <strong>Genuine People</strong> Textured Leather Sandals, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fgenuine-people.com%2Fcollections%2Fshoes%2Fproducts%2Ftextured-leather-sandals-in-brown%3Fvariant%3D28097494286411" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Genuine People" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Genuine People</a>

Genuine People Textured Leather Sandals, $, available at Genuine People
<br> <br> <strong>Zara</strong> Mesh Heeled Sandals, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zara.com%2Fus%2Fen%2Fmesh-heeled-sandals-p11303610.html%3Fv1%3D51049656%26v2%3D1549414" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Zara" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Zara</a>

Zara Mesh Heeled Sandals, $, available at Zara
<br> <br> <strong>Carlotha Ray</strong> Square Toe Flip Flops, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.shopbop.com%2Fsquare-toe-flip-flop-carlotha%2Fvp%2Fv%3D1%2F1539383954.htm%3Ffm%3Dsearch-viewall-shopbysize%26os%3Dfalse%26ref_%3DSB_PLP_NB_18" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shopbop" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shopbop</a>

Carlotha Ray Square Toe Flip Flops, $, available at Shopbop
<br> <br> <strong>E8 By Miista</strong> Emere Sandal, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.urbanoutfitters.com%2Fshop%2Fe8-by-miista-emere-sandal%3Fcategory%3Dheels-wedges%26color%3D015%26type%3DREGULAR%26quantity%3D1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Urban Outfitters" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Urban Outfitters</a>

E8 By Miista Emere Sandal, $, available at Urban Outfitters
<br> <br> <strong>ASOS DESIGN</strong> Fae Leather Flat Sandals, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.asos.com%2Fus%2Fasos-design%2Fasos-design-fae-leather-flat-sandals-in-black%2Fprd%2F14779437%3Fcolourwayid%3D16643440%26SearchQuery%3D%26cid%3D6458" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ASOS" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ASOS</a>

ASOS DESIGN Fae Leather Flat Sandals, $, available at ASOS
<br> <br> <strong>About Arianne</strong> Marini Mesh Sandal, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Flisasaysgah.com%2Fcollections%2Fshoes%2Fproducts%2Fmarini-mesh-sandal-roca" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Lisa Says Gah" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Lisa Says Gah</a>

About Arianne Marini Mesh Sandal, $, available at Lisa Says Gah
<br> <br> <strong>Sergio Rossi</strong> Mid Heel Sandal, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sergiorossi.com%2Fus-en%2Fsr1-a77970mvia10110-1000.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sergio Rossi" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sergio Rossi</a>

Sergio Rossi Mid Heel Sandal, $, available at Sergio Rossi
<br> <br> <strong>Pêche</strong> Elias Sandals, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fshop-peche.com%2Fcollections%2Fshoes%2Fproducts%2Felias" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Pêche" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Pêche</a>

Pêche Elias Sandals, $, available at Pêche
<br> <br> <strong>Bottega Veneta</strong> Square Toe 90mm Sandals, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.farfetch.com%2Fshopping%2Fwomen%2Fbottega-veneta-square-toe-90mm-sandals-item-14540176.aspx%3Fstoreid%3D9359" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Farfetch" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Farfetch</a>

Bottega Veneta Square Toe 90mm Sandals, $, available at Farfetch
<br> <br> <strong>Nine West</strong> Pyper Heeled Slide Sandals, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fninewest.com%2Fcollections%2Fsandals%2Fproducts%2Fpyper-heeled-slide-sandals-in-black-leather" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nine West" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nine West</a>

Nine West Pyper Heeled Slide Sandals, $, available at Nine West
<br> <br> <strong>Neous</strong> Tulip Grosgrain Leather Slingback Sandals, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.modaoperandi.com%2Fneous-fw19%2Ftulip-grosgrain-leather-slingback-sandals" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Moda Operandi" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Moda Operandi</a>

Neous Tulip Grosgrain Leather Slingback Sandals, $, available at Moda Operandi
<br> <br> <strong>Bershka</strong> High Heel Slides, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bershka.com%2Fus%2Fwomen%2Fcollection%2Fshoes%2Fhigh-heel-slides-c1010193192p102440413.html%3FcolorId%3D060" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Bershka" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Bershka</a>

Bershka High Heel Slides, $, available at Bershka
<br> <br> <strong>Staud</strong> Billie Wedge, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fstaud.clothing%2Fproducts%2Fbillie-wedge-black-1%3Fvariant%3D31210518708305" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Staud" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Staud</a>

Staud Billie Wedge, $, available at Staud
<br> <br> <strong>Vince</strong> Cadya Square Toe Slingback Flat, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fshop.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fvince-cadya-square-toe-slingback-flat-women%2F5633702%3Forigin%3Dkeywordsearch-personalizedsort%26breadcrumb%3DHome%252FAll%2520Results%26color%3Dtan" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom</a>

Vince Cadya Square Toe Slingback Flat, $, available at Nordstrom
<br> <br> <strong>Article&</strong> Tipper Sandal in White, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.articleand.com%2Ftipper-sandal-in-white.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Article&" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Article&</a>

Article& Tipper Sandal in White, $, available at Article&
<br> <br> <strong>The Source Unknown</strong> Slide Sandals, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fthesourceunknown.com%2Fcollections%2Fshoes-bags%2Fproducts%2Fslide-sandals-butter" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Source Unknown" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The Source Unknown</a>

The Source Unknown Slide Sandals, $, available at The Source Unknown
<br> <br> <strong>Paloma Wool</strong> Ringo Sandal in Green Flour, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fneedsupply.com%2Fringo-sandal-in-green-flour%2FWPF12911.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Need Supply" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Need Supply</a>

Paloma Wool Ringo Sandal in Green Flour, $, available at Need Supply
<br> <br> <strong>rag & bone</strong> Colt Sandal, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fshop.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Frag-bone-colt-sandal-women%2F5664244%3Forigin%3Dkeywordsearch-personalizedsort%26breadcrumb%3DHome%252FAll%2520Results%26color%3Dblack" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom</a>

rag & bone Colt Sandal, $, available at Nordstrom
<br> <br> <strong>Jaggar</strong> Dainty Heel, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.revolve.com%2Fjaggar-dainty-heel%2Fdp%2FJAGR-WZ134%2F%3Fd%3DWomens%26page%3D1%26lc%3D10%26itrownum%3D3%26itcurrpage%3D1%26itview%3D05" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Revolve" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Revolve</a>

Jaggar Dainty Heel, $, available at Revolve
<br> <br> <strong>Miista</strong> Sally Ocean Leather Sandals, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmiista.com%2Fen-us%2Fsally-ocean-leather-sandals%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Miista" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Miista</a>

Miista Sally Ocean Leather Sandals, $, available at Miista
<br> <br> <strong>& Other Stories</strong> Heeled Leather Square Toe Sandals, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.stories.com%2Fen_usd%2Fshoes%2Fheeled-sandals%2Fproduct.heeled-leather-square-toe-sandals-beige.0856590001.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:& Other Stories" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">& Other Stories</a>

& Other Stories Heeled Leather Square Toe Sandals, $, available at & Other Stories
<br> <br> <strong>Loq</strong> Nona Sandal, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.garmentory.com%2Fshop%2F797550-loq-nona-sandal" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Garmentory" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Garmentory</a>

Loq Nona Sandal, $, available at Garmentory
<br> <br> <strong>Gray Matters</strong> Loop Crossover Leather Mules, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.matchesfashion.com%2Fus%2Fproducts%2FGray-Matters-Loop-crossover-leather-mules-1334767" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Matches Fashion" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Matches Fashion</a>

Gray Matters Loop Crossover Leather Mules, $, available at Matches Fashion

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