Kim Kardashian West is often credited with starting the transparent-shoe trend, having first worn her infamous Yeezy heels way back in 2016. A see-through heel is the ultimate “nothing shoe,” a step beyond simply finding a sandal or heel that matches your skin tone, but Kardashian West isn’t the only celebrity who’s into the look. Kristen Stewart has put her singular stamp on Chanel’s clear boots, and the likes of Rihanna, Kendall Jenner, and Bella Hadid have tried their hand at sky-high translucent heels.
It’s important to note that almost all of those stylish women were photographed at night; the subversive “club shoe” isn’t exactly what you reach for when it’s time for brunch. But lately, we’ve seen more and more designers adding see-through straps and jelly soles to their most casual styles, from By Far’s crystal-strewn mules to Roger Vivier’s barely there ballet flats. Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s best-selling Olympia wedges have gotten several Vogue editors into the trend, but this summer, they’ll want to pick up her transparent pink T-strap heels, which look like a grown-up version of your childhood jelly sandals.