The ugly shoe trend has been around for awhile. However, lately it’s seems as though designers are in a highly charged contest to produce the ugliest of them all. From platformed embellished Crocs to Dad Trainers, there are so many to choose from these days which are considered the hottest of haute couture.
Some fashion influencers wearing these gruesome atrocities have become a symbol of status and raw guts. . . status because in order to assault your feet with these fleeting symbols of chic you need to spend a great deal of your hard earned cash. And guts because truthfully, and I am being honest here, one must really be emboldened and fearless to don such masterpieces of awfulness on their feet.
Was it simply a matter of irony that compelled designers to try and create something bold like these brazen toe toppers or was it just fashion’s revolt of the glamorous high-heeled trend from years past? I get it—we were wearing heels with everything and to everywhere and it was exhausting. We had calluses on our callouses and our feet were constantly throbbing so it is no surprise that when the shoe trend flipped from high to low we were more than happy to slip our feet into anything comfortable. Suddenly a Converse, Van or Superga was the perfect footwear to make your outfit cool. But why must they now be so ugly?
The sneaker trend was a welcomed one. Suddenly they were anointed “chic” by stylists from all corners of the globe and we could literally kick off our heels, slip on a pair of sneakers and feel stylish. As the sneaker trend became more popular suddenly we had more choices in the category of flat dressy shoes too. So why was it that fashion couldn’t leave well enough alone?
I recently read that the ugly shoe movement is a result of the MeToo Movement which is an insult to the MeToo Movement. Wearing ugly shoes no more empowers women than wearing a man-bun empowers men—it’s a trend that like most trends will become passé.
Shoes have always been considered status symbols. This time around the shoes that are grabbing the most attention are the ones which push the envelope on ugly. The “In” crowd is garnering all kinds of stares but are these glances of jealousy or are we merely holding our noses until it’s over?