Perhaps because I work in the world of fashion I have been over-exposed to styles and trends but I just can't seem to shake the feeling that the latest fashion in sneakers might actually be pretty cool. Either way. I love ugly sneakers.
I love the seemingly random color combinations you find on a pair of ugly sneakers. There are contrasting colors and patterns but you just know it's taken hours for a designer to decide on; see Gucci sneakers. I love that they are oversized and how apologetically chunky they look. I love the idea that a pair of sneakers could be the statement piece of an outfit and simultaneously the random colors and shapes place no bearing on what else you wear that day; patterned skirt and bright colored shoes? Sure thang! I love that it means I get to wear sneakers all the time. I love that they don't have gender. I love to see how outrageous the style of sneakers can be (see Gucci once again) and to discover what imitation versions emerge into the market. I just love them.
Every brand imaginable has produced their own version of the over-sized, uncoordinated and clunky sneakers - and each pair comes with unimaginable price tag. But why?
Is it because fashion has a new found interest in actually being comfortbale or because there's an unspoken challenge on Instagram to see who has the geekiest 80's inspired shoe?
Anyway, here is a selection of the best of the worst.
- Farfetch$860.00Alexander McQueen
Chunky sole sneakers39 40 41 42 43 44More details
- Farfetch$635.00Emilio Pucci
City slip35 36 37 38 39 40More details
- Vestiaire Collective$1,412.28Balenciaga
Triple S Cloth Trainers139 EUMore details
- Moda Operandi$690.00Nº21
N°21 Billy Metallic Leather Sneakers35 36 36.5 37 37.5 38 38.5 39 39.5 40 40.5 41More details
Women's Thunder Electric Sneaker8 M 8.5 M 9.5 MMore details
Women's Rhyton Logo Sneaker35.5US / 35.5EU 6US / 36EU 9.5US / 39.5EU 9US / 39EU 10US / 40EUMore details
Women's Rhyton Rainbow Logo Sneaker25.5US / 35.5EU 5US / 35EU 6.5US / 36.5EU 6US / 36EU 7.5US / 37.5EU 7US / 37EU 8.5US / 38.5EU 8US / 38EU 9.5US / 39.5EU 9US / 39EU 10US / 40EU 11US / 41EUMore details
Men's Rhyton Sneaker7.5US / 6.5UK 7US / 6UK 8.5US / 7.5UK 8US / 7UK 9.5US / 8.5UK 9US / 8UK 10.5US / 9.5UK 10US / 9UK 11.5US / 10.5UK 11US / 10UK 12.5US / 11.5UK 12US / 11UK 13US / 12UK 14US / 13UK 15US / 14UKMore details
Women's Air Max 97 Ultra '17 Premium Sneaker6.5 M 9 MMore details
I love the way you wear them
I think probably the reason I love ugly sneakers so much is because of the creative way the world is styling them. Personally, I've always considered a pair of sneakers as a lazy option to throw on with a pair of jeans however ugly sneakers have inspired a whole new aesthetic.
The most fashionable way to pull of the ugly sneakers is to pair them with a midi-dress or midi-skirt. Delicately pleated dresses or body-hugging denim skirts balance out the aggressiveness of the dad sneakers making them an almost obvious outfit choice.
Floral midi dress10More details
Denim midi skirt30More details
- Farfetch$955.00ANN DEMEULEMEESTER
Asymmetric style skirt36 38More details
Off-White38 42More details
Calla silk wrap dress34 36 38 40More details
Silvery crepe wrap dress34 36 38 40 42More details
Sheer floral midi dress136More details
- SALEVestiaire Collective$175.36
Mid-length Skirt48 FRMore details
- Nordstrom$79.00City Chic
Plus Size Women's Lace Trim Faux Leather SkirtXS S M L XL 2XLMore details
I love that even though you've bought ugly sneakers you're doing your best to look cute. If this means wearing a pair of ugly sneakers with a pair of glittery socks or cute frills, then so be it.
Paisley print socksI IIMore details
Floral pattern socksIIMore details
- Luisaviaroma$60.00Isabel Marant
Glitter Socks01More details
- River Island$8.00River Island
Womens glitter cable knit frill ankle socksOneMore details
- SALEWolf & Badger$34.00
$36.00Silk and Alpaca SocksMore details
I love that they're versatile. You can wear a pair of ugly sneakers in a streetwear style look and yet you can still make them work with a pant-suit (kinda).
Shop 'affordable' ugly sneakers
What I don't love about this sneaker trend is the price tag that comes along with it. If you're looking for a pair of ugly sneakers that won't break the bank, check out what is available on Fashiola's range of sneakers under $150.
Air Max 95 Essential Sneakers Gr. US 11.5US10 US12,5 US13More details
Daytona DMX Sneakers Gr. US 10.5US7,5 US8 US8,5 US9 US9,5 US10 US10,5 US11 US12More details
Nylon and Suede Sneakers Gr. IT 405 6More details
Authentic Sneakers Gr. US 81US7 US7,5 US8,5 US9 US10More details
Cleated Creeper Surf Sneakers Gr. UK 5.5UK3,5 UK5,5 UK6 UK6,5 UK7 UK7,5More details
Arkyn Sneakers Gr. UK 7.5UK5,5More details
Classic Sneakers with Leather and Suede Gr. UK 5.5UK6,5 UK8More details
Ultra Tech Sneakers Gr. UK 8UK6,5 UK7 UK7,5 UK8 UK8,5 UK9 UK9,5 UK10 UK10,5 UK11 UK11,5 UK12More details
Quesence Sneakers with Suede Gr. UK 6.5UK7 UK7,5 UK9,5 UK11,5More details
- SALEVestiaire Collective$137.70
Leather Trainers38.5 EUMore details
Women's Cliff Sneaker5.5 M 6 M 6.5 M 7 M 7.5 M 8 M 8.5 M 9 M 9.5 M 10 MMore details
Women's Air Footscape Mid Sneaker Boot7 MMore details
- Nordstrom$98.00KENDALL + KYLIE
Women's Dad Sneaker5.5 M 6 M 6.5 M 7 M 7.5 M 8 M 8.5 M 9 M 9.5 M 10 M 11 MMore details
I just love ugly sneakers. Don't you agree?