Over 4,500 years ago, the ancient Sumerians were the first civilization in recorded history to wear ankle bracelets. Reportedly, jewelry was a mark of how wealthy your husband was.
Frankie Gold-Tone Anklet, $630 at mytheresa.com
Anklets were later worn by Egyptian women of all social classes as early as predynastic times.
Leaf Eye Gold-Plated Anklet, $325 at Net-a-Porter
Indian women have been sporting some of the most extravagant anklets for centuries. In fact, the embellishment is still used today in traditional Indian wedding ceremonies.
Cleopatra Anklet, $19.95 at Free People
The United States didn't see the emergence of ankle bracelets until the 50s when young women would wear them over their white bobby socks.
Red Beaded Anklet, $12 at River Island
Then the hippies claimed them in the 60s.
Fabric Anklet Pack, $15 at Topshop
By the 70s, anklets with initials or names were a big deal.
Double Chain Anklet, $20 at Urban Outfitters
And then the 90s hit.
Anklet 1 Pearl, $240 at Need Supply Co.
And everyone under the sun was wearing an ankle bracelet — with a matching toe ring, of course.
Silver-Tone Anklet, $20 at Macy's
By the late 90s and early 2000s, anklets were a permanent fixture in American society. So permanent that Nicole Richie got one as a tattoo...
Beaded Anklets, $10 at Miss Selfridge
This time around, dainty silver or gold anklets are best paired with pumps.
Wicked Game Anklet, $230 at Catbird
Or worn with designer sneakers.
Gold-Plated and Woven Anklet, $105 at Net-a-Porter
You can even wear them with a suit to the office...
Silver Tone Two Row Anklet, $12 at River Island
The choice is yours.
Love Anklet, $132 at Shopbop
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