Let’s rewind to the end of March. Over in West Hollywood, Kim Kardashian is dropping by a friend’s house for dinner. So far, nothing out of the ordinary, right? Style-wise, however, the Skims and KKW Beauty mogul was about to flex her ultimate Y2K wardrobe keepsake—a piece so integral to turn-of-the-millennium style that it’s, today, capable of flooring an entire generation of Depop enthusiasts.
In place of her characteristically neutral basics, Kardashian paired scarlet cropped trousers with a navel-grazing geometric knit sweater. Now, scan down to pavement-level for the real magic.
On her feet are Manolo Blahnik’s Timberland-inspired ‘Oklamod’ booties — aka the shoe that remains the purest embodiment of early 2000s MTV style. What’s more, these weren’t a vintage find, but an original Y2K keepsake from Kardashian’s personal archive. “Kim’s had the Manolos in her closet for years,”
“She has a few pairs and they are perfect.”
Back in 2002, Manolo Blahnik sparked a pop-culture phenomenon when the Oklamods made starring appearances in Beyoncé’s Bonnie & Clyde and Jennifer Lopez’s Jenny From The Block music videos — spurring infinite copies and launching a new era of high-low dressing as the workaday appeal of combat pants underwent a glossy, Hollywood refit. That wasn’t the end of the road for Manolo Blahnik’s homage to Timberland, either. In 2016, Rihanna teamed up with the brand to pay tribute to J.Lo with the Fallon boot as part of a capsule collection.
Kardashian’s stylist is no stranger to putting Timberland boots front and centre, both through her work with the star and in her own day-to-day wardrobe. “I own around 12 pairs — but I haven’t yet found the Manolo Oklamods in my size and in good condition,” Carter says. Her tip for anyone hunting a pair? “My favourite place is always eBay to shop for rare vintage. I can spend hours sourcing.”
So, are we likely to see these boots on continuous rotation in Kardashian’s wardrobe this summer? “Maybe,” she adds with a smile.