The Nostalgic Wedge Sandal Is Officially a Summer Shoe Trend (Again)

The wedge sandal is a powerful shoe, both because of its hefty, chock-shaped heel and the nostalgia that comes with it. The chunky style probably takes you back to clomping around in the aughts wearing your best wedge sandals—likely a comfy cork style or a bohemian summer espadrille that announces your arrival. And in yet another demonstration of its fashion prowess, the wedge sandal has again become a pivotal summer 2024 accessory trend.

It feels like the platform's revival can be traced back to the celeb-studded front row of Chloé's Fall 2024 show this past March—starring actresses Sienna Miller and Kiernan Shipka, British It girl Georgia May Jagger, and veteran supermodel Pat Cleveland, who unanimously sported identical open-toe wooden wedges that nod back to the designer's bohemian spirited past. The TikTok video shared by Vogue France chronicling the coordinating FROW moment amassed three million views, with commenters rejoicing in the style’s fashion comeback. Set on a mammoth mahogany platform with scribbles of arrow-pierced hearts and "I love you"s, Chloé's Maximime platforms are audacious, romantic, and softly '70s—the designer wedge at its very best.

the nostalgic wedge sandal is officially a summer shoe trend (again)

Sienna Miller, Kiernan Shipka, Georgia May Jagger, and Jerry Hall sitting front row at Chloé's Fall 2024 show. (Image credit: Getty Images)

Still, 2024’s wedge sandal trend is a polarizing one. While the clock app helped to fuel Chloé runway wedges virality, not all of its new renditions fall into the same category.

Ferragamo’s Spring 2024 show featured sculptural, slanted, and T-strap heels, a nod to the fashion house’s founder, Salvatore Ferragamo, whose Sardinian cork wedges were widely credited with bringing the shoe into fashion's mainstream circa 1930's. Meanwhile, Khaite offers a mesh iteration of its cult-favorite Marion mule for Pre-Fall 2024, a silhouette guaranteed to be found on your favorite fashion tastemakers all summer. There were espadrille wedges at Christian Dior, too, with lace-up gladiator straps, combining two 2010s trends in one shoe—what a bargain!

the nostalgic wedge sandal is officially a summer shoe trend (again)

A Fashion Week show-goer wears Alaïa's architectural wooden wedges, which are another favorite amongst the style set. (Image credit: Getty Images)

As New York Times chief fashion critic Vanessa Friedman wrote in her review of Chloé’s recent runway, “Get ready to wear a lot of wooden clogs and wedges again.” It's official—the wedge sandal is back with a bang.

Ahead, shop the best wedge sandals for summer 2024 for every occasion, from the work wedge to the party wedge and everything in between.

The Work Wedge

There's no trace of boho influence here. These wedge sandals are sharp and no-nonsense, hinting at the pared-back minimalism that was a signature of '90s fashion. Consider the pairs below when you have an ambitious workday ahead of you and need a powerful pep in your step.

the nostalgic wedge sandal is officially a summer shoe trend (again)

Emme Parsons black Suede Wedge Sandals

Emme Parsons Suede Wedge Sandals

the nostalgic wedge sandal is officially a summer shoe trend (again)

St. Agni Leather Wedge Sandals

St. Agni Leather Wedge Sandals

the nostalgic wedge sandal is officially a summer shoe trend (again)

Vince Camuto Jefany Ankle Strap Wedge Sandal

Vince Camuto Jefany Ankle Strap Wedge Sandal

the nostalgic wedge sandal is officially a summer shoe trend (again)

ATP Atelier nude Morcone Leather Wedge Ankle-Strap Sandals

ATP Atelier Morcone Leather Wedge Ankle-Strap Sandals

the nostalgic wedge sandal is officially a summer shoe trend (again)

Khaite Marion Embellished Leather Wedge Sandals

Khaite Marion Embellished Leather Wedge Sandals

the nostalgic wedge sandal is officially a summer shoe trend (again)

Coach pink Emma Wedge

Coach Emma Wedge

The Boho Wedge

There's a slew of wedges that take a laid-back, laissez-faire approach. Take inspiration from Katie Holmes's take on the wedge trend with a classic rope espadrille. Spanish brand Castañer offers a great summery take on the style, alongside Chloé's luxe Maxime version and Stuart Weitzman's everyday wooden flatform design.

the nostalgic wedge sandal is officially a summer shoe trend (again)

Castañer Blaudell 80 Suede Wedge Espadrilles

Castañer Blaudell 80 Suede Wedge Espadrilles

the nostalgic wedge sandal is officially a summer shoe trend (again)

Chloé Maxime Leather Crisscross Platform Sandals

Maxime Leather Crisscross Platform Sandals

the nostalgic wedge sandal is officially a summer shoe trend (again)

Stuart Weitzman pink Wovette Wedge Sandal

Stuart Weitzman Wovette Wedge Sandal

the nostalgic wedge sandal is officially a summer shoe trend (again)

Ancient Greek Sandals Black Chora Heeled Sandals

Ancient Greek Sandals Black Chora Heeled Sandals

the nostalgic wedge sandal is officially a summer shoe trend (again)

Vince Camuto Treyenn Espadrille Wedge Sandal

Vince Camuto Treyenn Espadrille Wedge Sandal

the nostalgic wedge sandal is officially a summer shoe trend (again)

Gap Vegan Leather Wedge Heels

Vegan Leather Wedge Heels

The Everyday Walking Wedge

Another bonus—the chock heeled shape offers solid stability. Rothy's is a tried-and-true walking wedge sandal you can wear on vacation when exploring a new country's sights. Another astoundingly comfortable wedge sandal to consider is Chloé's platform, the sandal take on the cult-favorite Nama sneaker.

the nostalgic wedge sandal is officially a summer shoe trend (again)

Rothy

Rothy's Beach Sand Woven

the nostalgic wedge sandal is officially a summer shoe trend (again)

Chloé Black & White Nama Platform Sandals

Chloé Black & White Nama Platform Sandals

the nostalgic wedge sandal is officially a summer shoe trend (again)

Dr. Scholl

Dr. Scholl's Original Life Wedge Sandal

the nostalgic wedge sandal is officially a summer shoe trend (again)

Sorel Joanie Iv Y Strap Wedge Sandal

Sorel Joanie Iv Y Strap Wedge Sandal

the nostalgic wedge sandal is officially a summer shoe trend (again)

Stella McCartney Women

Stella McCartney Women's Elyse Wedge Platform Sandals

the nostalgic wedge sandal is officially a summer shoe trend (again)

Marion Parke Page Platform Wedge Slide Sandal

Marion Parke Page Platform Wedge Slide Sandal

The Party Wedge

Last but certainly not least, dressy wedge sandals you can dance and have some good old fashioned fun in. Try a metallic style like Larroudé or Cult Gaia's to bring some shimmer down to your toe or Maryam Nassir Zadeh's signature see-through Olympia for a sultry spin..

the nostalgic wedge sandal is officially a summer shoe trend (again)

Cult Gaia Yara Cracked-Leather Sandals

Cult Gaia Yara Cracked-Leather Sandals

the nostalgic wedge sandal is officially a summer shoe trend (again)

Ferragamo Anemone 70mm Leather Wedge Sandals

Ferragamo Anemone 70mm Leather Wedge Sandals

the nostalgic wedge sandal is officially a summer shoe trend (again)

Bottega Veneta Stretch Wedge Lounge Leather Mules

Bottega Veneta Stretch Wedge Lounge Leather Mules

the nostalgic wedge sandal is officially a summer shoe trend (again)

Larroudé Yves Wedge Sandal

Larroudé Yves Wedge Sandal

the nostalgic wedge sandal is officially a summer shoe trend (again)

Reformation Emilia Wedge Sandal

Reformation Emilia Wedge Sandal

the nostalgic wedge sandal is officially a summer shoe trend (again)

Maryam Nassir Zadeh Black Olympia Wedge Heeled Sandals

Maryam Nassir Zadeh Black Olympia Wedge Heeled Sandals

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