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

The aughts-era shoe trend was due for a comeback.

US born British actress Sienna Miller, US actress Kiernan Shipka and British-US model Georgia May Jagger and her mother US actress and model Jerry Hall sit ahead of the presentation of creations by Chloe for the Women Ready-to-wear Fall-Winter 2024/2025 collection as part of the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris on February 29, 2024.
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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.

US born British actress Sienna Miller, US actress Kiernan Shipka and British-US model Georgia May Jagger and her mother US actress and model Jerry Hall sit ahead of the presentation of creations by Chloe for the Women Ready-to-wear Fall-Winter 2024/2025 collection as part of the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris on February 29, 2024.

Sienna Miller, Kiernan Shipka, Georgia May Jagger, and Jerry Hall sitting front row at Chloé's Fall 2024 show.

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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!

A guest wears dress with snake print, black bag, heels outside Alaia on July 02, 2023 in Paris, France.

A Fashion Week show-goer wears Alaïa's architectural wooden wedges, which are another favorite amongst the style set.

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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

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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 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 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 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..

Emma Childs
Fashion Features Editor

Emma is the fashion features editor at Marie Claire, where she writes deep-dive trend reports, zeitgeisty fashion featurettes on what style tastemakers are wearing, long-form profiles on emerging designers and the names to know, and human interest vignette-style round-ups. Previously, she was Marie Claire's style editor, where she wrote shopping e-commerce guides and seasonal trend reports, assisted with the market for fashion photo shoots, and assigned and edited fashion celebrity news.

Emma also wrote for The Zoe Report, Editorialist, Elite Daily, Bustle, and Mission Magazine. She studied Fashion Studies and New Media at Fordham University Lincoln Center and launched her own magazine, Childs Play Magazine, in 2015 as a creative pastime. When she's not waxing poetic about niche fashion topics, you'll find her stalking eBay for designer vintage, reading literary fiction on her Kindle, and baking banana bread in her tiny NYC kitchen.