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Don’t just love your feet, adorn them: It’s fast becoming the season of the anklet, meaning it’s time to flatter your feet with a glinting accessory. They could be bejeweled, packed with delicious ’00s extravagance, or they might just be a simple chain of gold, like a wedding band. Alternatively the look was taken to full-blown, double-tap proportions thanks to Kylie Jenner, who back in mid-June posted a bird’s-eye view of her glimmering feet that were laden with toe rings and, yes, anklets. Those little additions elevated the Instagram star’s feet to a new level of blingy, cheeky chic.
Of course Jenner isn’t the only person to give the anklet a go, as this unique style of foot jewelry has been around for centuries. Take a look at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s archives, where you can find a string ankle bracelet with travertine, bone, and serpentinite beads dating back to Egypt circa 4400 to 3800 B.C. A few thousand years later, from the 16th century, you can find an Indian ivory plaque that shows a dancer wearing a nose ring, bangles, and decadent anklets. And even in the mid-1800s, French photographer Julien Vallou de Villeneuve produced an erotic lithograph of a reclining woman who was completely nude except for two thick bangles clasped around her ankles.
They also made cameos in the pages of Vogue during the ’60s and ’70s before resurfacing in the ’90s; but fast-forward to today, and anklets have made their way into the Vogue office itself. “I’m really feeling chunkier anklets,” says Vogue market editor Anny Choi. “It dresses up any casual wardrobe. I feel that with the right anklet I can even sport flip-flops to the office.” Vogue fashion news director Chioma Nnadi has also hopped on the anklet train. “I’ve always liked the idea, though lately it appealed to me more because I’ve been wearing longer, neo-boho types of dresses and skirts,” she says. “Plus Lil Uzi Vert wears them, and he’s my spirit animal in all things fashion.” Although there’s always one thing to remember: Maybe don’t buy one at Lil Uzi’s budget if you’re planning on wearing it to the beach or when traveling. A lost anklet means a lonely ankle.