2005's Most Iconic Flip-Flop Is Making a Comeback

Nordstrom shoppers are powering a renaissance.

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Tory Burch Miller Sandal at Nordstrom
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Anyone born between 1985 and 1995 is either bemused or horrified by the rate at which the embarrassing trends from their youth are being reintroduced into the zeitgeist by the next generation. Low-rise jeans, Ed Hardy everything, trucker hats. Nothing is safe! Fittingly, another mall culture staple that was right at home with velour sweatsuits and Dooney & Burke bags is ripe for rediscovery, and a set of highly enthusiastic shoppers have taken notice.

Tory Burch's Miller Sandal is nothing short of iconic. It was a permanent fixture on famous feet in the early aughts, rounding out the massive-spectacle-topped outfits of a generation of party girl heiresses and career-incubating teen shows. Anyone who was anyone was hitting the boardwalk in a pair of the crest-baring flip-flops.

Rather than let the trend wither away in the archives or die in obscurity, Nordstrom shoppers have awarded the sandals more near-perfect ratings than any other shoe on the site. With almost 10,000 ratings averaging above 4.5 stars, Tory Burch's Miller Sandal is lightyears more popular on the platform than other household-name shoes. By comparison, Birkenstock's Arizona slide has about 1,100 ratings; Converse's Chuck Taylor Low Top Sneaker has about 2,300; Teva's Original Universal Sandal has about 3,500; Adidas' Adilette Comfort Slide Sandal has roughly 6,300; and Ugg's Fluff Yeah Genuine Shearling Slingback Sandal reaches as high as 7,100. Tellingly, none of these instantly clockable shoes hits within the Miller sandal's quintuple digit range.

Tory Burch Miller Sandal

Miller Sandal TORY BURCH

Shop now: $198; nordstrom.com

"I've been a fan of these sandals for years and continue to purchase them in black [as] my everyday wearing sandal," writes one five-star-awarding reviewer. "Living in Florida I find that I can wear this dressed up or casual, their versatility is my favorite quality. I find them comfortable and classy. I can wear them around the theme parks all day, or for a nice dinner out with a sundress. Love, love, love these classic sandals!"

"I've wanted these for so long and I LOVE THEM," writes another repeat buyer. "This is literally my fifth pair of Torys and I will continue purchasing!"

Aside from the flip-flops' obvious historical value (an opportunity to own a slice of the 2000s!) and their elevated-basics versatility, reviewers are swept away with how comfortable the Miller sandals are. Shoppers say they "fit really well and form to your foot" and claim they are "the most comfortable pair that I've worn."

The sandals, whose price has remained stable since their heyday decades ago, cost just shy of $200 in any color or material, including patent, matte, and metallics. And their biggest fans agree that it's a fair rate. "The Miller sandals are worth every penny," wrote yet another Nordstrom shopper. "I hesitated at first but after my first pair I will never not have a pair in my collection."

Shop the early aughts' most iconic sandal at Nordstrom, where shoppers have crowned it the most popular shoe.

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