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.
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.
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.
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.
Authentic Sneakers Gr. US 101US7,5 US8,5 US9 US10More details
Cleated Creeper Surf Sneakers Gr. UK 5UK6 UK6,5 UK7More details
Classic Sneakers with Leather and Suede Gr. UK 5.5UK8More details
Ultra Tech Sneakers Gr. UK 7UK7,5 UK8,5 UK9 UK10 UK10,5 UK11 UK11,5 UK12More details
I just love ugly sneakers. Don't you agree?