Forget Barbie Feet—Barbie Shoes Are the New Photogenic Trend For Summer 2022

While the Barbie of 2022 may be known to favor a pair of sensible flats or sneakers, the Barbie of my youth—or Polly Pocket, if that was more your thing—was infamous for her high heels, most often of the platform variety. Remember the whole Barbie feet craze? Well, the feet were a byproduct of the footwear. Thus, when I recently noticed an eerily familiar shoe trend surfacing both on all my go-to shopping sites as well as Instagram, it took me all but a few seconds to realize where I knew it from.

That’s right, whether you’re ready or not, ‘90s-style platform mules are back and, in my opinion, better than ever. Think of them as the trend you didn’t know you needed. Not only are they a refreshingly fun option for spring and summer, but thanks to their design are inherently comfortable, and flattering both in photos and IRL. Plus, they go with everything from dresses and skirts to jeans and trousers, so you don’t have to worry about what to pair them with if (and when) you snag a pair. To see how some of our favorite fashion people are already styling them, plus shop a range of platform mules for every taste and budget, simply keep scrolling.

You get the shoes and the outfit inspo.

Naturally, Revolve is a hub for this trend.

It’s not a thing if Reformation isn’t on board.


I own these and can personally attest to how cute they are.

You knew Staud would get this one right.

I love scoring a new trend on sale.

Your new go-to summer shoes.

Who can say no to this color?

Taking notes on the anklet pairing.

Go big or go home?

This highly-reviewed pair comes in 14 colors, so there’s truly one for everybody.

I love the idea of these paired with a miniskirt.

This trend was made for a designer like Amina Muaddi.

I loved these even before I saw all the amazing Nordstrom reviews.

Tackle two trends in one with this bright pink pair.

These have a ’70s vibe that I love.

I bet these are so comfortable.

Next: The 34 best things my mom, sisters, and I have bought from Nordstrom lately.

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