15 Shoes You Definitely Owned In The Early '00s

Oh the early ‘00s, when funny “futuristic” trends blended with the late ‘90s to create some weird, and weirdly glorious shoes. If you were as fashion obsessed as me in those years, you’ll definitely remember all these shoes you owned in the early ‘00s. Subtlety and minimalism were not exactly on trend yet, and everything was loud, boho, and seriously bright.

Sitting here in my simple black snow boots in a little Brooklyn coffee shop, I’m feeling super nostalgic for the days of rainbow colors and those super painful (but freaking adorable) jelly sandals. Was there really even any way to prevent getting blisters in those shoes?

If you, too, are craving a brightly-shoed skip down memory lane, all the shoe styles below are bound to give you the warm fuzzies (or the sad, sad “why did I ever jam my feet into those?!" shudders). Also, how did we seriously all manage to find closet space for the number of funkily-shaped shoes featured? #MadSkills you guys.

From jelly sandals to cowboy boots, here is every shoe you probably owned (or wanted to own) in the early '00s.

1. UGG Boots

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You either owned these or had a knock-off pair, and you wore them with everything, from sweats to denim skirts.

2. Strappy Gladiator Sandals

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So, so many straps, but so worth the effort.

3. Cowboy Boots

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Your cowboy boots were definitely not the kind you'd want to wear around actual cows, because they probably also had Swarovski crystals and bright leather detailing, too.

4. Crocs

They really were just so comfy and came in literally every color your heart desired.

5. Slippers

So cute, but so hard to keep on.

6. Jelly Sandals

Jellies should never, ever be forgotten.

7. Skater Shoes

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Pretty sure we can all thank Avril Lavigne for the skater shoe takeover.

8. Fringed Boots

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So. Much. Boho.

9. Slouchy Boots

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Maybe we should all blame Pirates Of the Caribbean, because anyone who was anyone had cool, slouchy boots. Obvs.

10. Chunky Sandals

Oh, the tan lines.

11. Ballet Flats

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Eighth grade uniform, am I right?

12. Air Force 1s

All the cool kids always rocked a crisp white pair of these.

13. High Heel Sneakers

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They said, "I'm sporty," but "I'm chic" at the same time.

14. Heelys

I don't even want to know the number of sprained wrists these caused.

15. Platform Flip Flops

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Who cares how many times you tripped in them — they were SO cute.

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