Denim Shoes: The Low-Key Way To Embrace The Y2K Revival (& Subtly Evoke Britney And Justin)

The Y2K era is here to stay in the fashion industry. We've already seen nostalgic trends like cargo pants and tube tops become staples recently because of their noticeable connection to the decade, giving the ultimate throwback to the days of Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and their infamous relationship. Although there's nothing subtle about the staples of this era, you can use shoes and accessories to evoke the look without having to dive head-first into Y2K fashion. And one of the best ways to do that is with a little denim. 

As we've seen, denim bags are the perfect avenue to channeling this nostalgic look without sacrificing your modern style. Now, this fabric is coming for your shoes. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways you can wear denim shoes and still fit in with your contemporary outfits. Whether you're more of a heels or flats person, denim footwear will be everywhere in the coming months, especially as we hit warmer weather. Although not exactly neutral, denim shoes can match almost any look and add some welcomed texture in the process. 

Denim flats

Flats are practical and chic footwear that can help keep your feet comfortable but your outfits stylish. Denim flats are perfect if you want to elevate your looks while adding something extra to your shoes (without distracting from the rest of your fit). Whether you're normally into ballet flats or not, these shoes are simple and nostalgic enough to give you your Y2K fix.

Denim sandals

There's no better shoe for the warmer weather than a pair of sandals. Denim sandals are perfect for monochrome looks if you want to add a pop of color or texture to an otherwise straightforward outfit. If you really want to embrace the Y2K era, chunky dad sandals in a denim material can be your ticket.

Denim heels

Denim heels are a retro and nostalgic piece that can give your outfit a vintage look. If heels aren't your thing, opt for a chunky heel rather than a stiletto to give your foot more support. Especially if you'll be standing in them for a while, your feet and back will thank you! Plus, more surface area on the heel gives you more chance to show off that denim.

Denim espadrilles

Espadrilles are a must-have for any summer closet. Denim, along with a natural fabric like rattan or straw,, can bring a vacation vibe to your shoe, which is perfect for the warm weather. They're also typically more comfortable than your standard heels or wedges, so it's a win-win! Espadrilles are particularly great if you want to channel that Italian girl style this summer. 

Denim mules

Mules often have their moments in fashion. They're either on trend or severely outdated, but this summer, they're back on the hot list. Denim mules are another level of trendy that can give you the best Y2K vibes. Mules come in flats or heels, making them ideal for whatever the day holds.