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There's nothing fashion loves more than subverting expectations and turning the script on antiquated fashion rules. The new prevailing fashion mentality puts the unique personal style at the center and inspires people to dress just for themselves.
This ideology is what sparked the fashion world's obsession with "ugly" fashion. "Ugly" fashion is a big reaction to body dressing or choices of "flattering" clothing. What used to be considered simple has become cool and is now worn both ironically and unironically. If you're still confused, just think about how Birkenstocks, once the first bourgeois papa sandal of the century, became a staple for fashion girls and inspired a legion of high quality designer imitators.
Like the type of fashion, ugly fashion trends are cyclical, with a new crop coming in and out with each season. We've narrowed down the shoe styles for the S / S 2021 runways and rounded up six “ugly” shoes that will be great for year round, and especially for this spring. Read on to see which styles to keep on your radar.
We saw this trend on the S / S 2021 runways at ACNE Studios, Khaite and many others which tells me it's one to check out. With elements like intricate straps and asymmetrical necklines, nobody can take their eyes off these.
As we know, the pandemic almost wiped out the high heels, giving way to those extremely low pumps for skimming the ground. They remind me of the sensible heels my grandma wore – comfortable and practical – and which she classifies directly into the category of ugly-cool heels.
Who still remembers those platform flip flops from the early 2000s? These are like the raised version of these retro sandals with comfortable soles and extra wide straps.
It's confirmed: chunky sandals are here to stay. The spring runways were littered with sporty Velcro sandals (fashion picks up on heightened tevas), with updates like brightly colored fabrics and whimsical embellishments.
How could we forget about slippers? These cozy apartments made us the most comfortable last year and they will continue to serve their purpose through 2021 with luxurious updates like faux fur and pretty pastels.
Love them or hate them, you can't deny that clogs have a moment now and I dare say they have never looked cooler. From clogs with cow print to patent leather, they take off completely.
When you talk about "ugly" trends, you see every bohemian trend that will dominate this year, from clothing to shoes.