So, It Looks Like 'Ugly Shoes' Aren't Going Anywhere

Plus, a history of the ugliest footwear to ever walk the runway.

Ugly Shoes

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High-fashion footwear has evolved. Gone (mostly, but not totally) are the days when models sashayed down runways in unwearable heels. Today's top styles favor comfort and unconventional beauty above all else, with chunky sneakers, Ugg slippers, and embellished Crocs, having a moment. In fact, we'd go as far as to say that ugly shoes are in. To get a closer look at the trend, we're taking a look back at the most standout designer footwear of the past decade.

From New York to Paris, we've rounded up our favorite ugly shoes straight from the fashion runways, ahead.

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Givenchy, Spring 2022

white athletic clogs
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No matter how hard we try, we can't escape clogs. For spring, you might want to trade in your classic wood pairs for this monochromatic, athletic-inspired version.

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Ulla Johnson, Fall 2021

Model on runway wearing lace-up ballet flats with an eclectic outfit
Jonas Gustavsson

Perhaps it's because we lived through the ballet shoe trend of the aughts, but the ribbon ties combined with a rounded toe are giving us intense flashbacks to a questionable time for fashion.

03 of 21

Jason Wu, Spring 2021

teva-style sandals with mixed prints and hanging fabric
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Teva-style sandals are still a statement all on their own, but the mixed prints and extra bits of material took this trend to a whole new level.

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Bottega Veneta, Fall 2020

Bottega Veneta lime green clunky rubber boots
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Sure, they were bright green, super clunky, and kind of cartoonish, but Bottega Veneta's boots were also 100% biodegradable, instantly making them a must-have.

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Simone Rocha, Spring 2020

Embellished metallic babydoll shoes with socks
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The thick white soles of these silver Mary Janes made it look as if this design was actually one shoe layered on top of another. However, our focus should have probably been on the addition of tube socks, since the sweet pairing became one of the hottest footwear trends of the year, babydoll shoes.

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Christian Dior, Fall 2019

Black and white plaid, kitten-heel boots
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Between the kitten heel, the plaid print, or the sock-inspired ankle detail, this boot reminds us of an elegant Christmas stocking. All that's missing is a candy cane.

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Dsquared2, Spring 2019

Dsquared2 colorful sandal-pump-sneaker

A sneaker? A sandal? A wedge? With Dsquared2's futuristic design, it's a 3-in-1 deal.

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Paco Rabanne, Fall 2018

Paco Rabanne white pom-pom shoe
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Fluffy and bedazzled slides have nothing on this pom-pom shoe, which would surely steal the spotlight every time.

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Christopher Kane, Fall 2018

Christopher Kane black sneaker with rhinestones and spring heel
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Christopher Kane continues to produce our favorite questionable footwear, attempting to combine unexpected elements such as chunky black sneakers, spring-like heels, and jewels.

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Spring 2018, Balenciaga

Balenciaga yellow platform crocs with flair
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You're either team Crocs or you're not, but the divisive nature of this shoe hasn't stopped brands from putting their own unique twist on the clog, whether it's adding a platform or creating statement-making Jibbitz for decoration.

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Loewe, Spring 2018

Multi-colored leather sneaker with elf-like toe

Fashion is always looking for a way to update the classic sneaker, but we're not quite sure if a long, curly, elf-like toe is it.

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Coach, Fall 2017

Coach metallic moonboot with plaid laces
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Ready for something really out of this world? Feast your eyes on Coach's version of the Moon Boot, complete with metallic coloring and plaid laces.

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Christopher Kane, Spring 2017

Marble-printed crocs with mineral stones.

When did Crocs emerge as fashion's must-have shoe? It's possible it started with Christopher Kane's runway, where we spotted these marble-printed babies embellished with mineral stones.

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Preen, Spring 2017

 Preen, Spring 2017, white platform sandal with lace sock

In another high-fashion 'ugly shoe' collaboration, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi teamed up with UGG for Spring 2017, releasing black and white, bow-bedecked sandals (some were flatforms, others were just flat), They don't look anything like UGG's popular, comfy boots, but the news of this joint venture alone was enough to make this list.

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J. Crew, Spring 2016

J. Crew, Spring 2016
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Dr. Scholls took advantage of the ugly shoe trend and partnered with J. Crew on a collaboration full of chunky slides. Shoppers could take their pick from a variety of colors and seasonal gingham prints.

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Marc Jacobs, Spring 2015

Bedazzled mustard yellow velvet sandals

What, exactly, made us fall in love with these clunky velvet-lined Dr. Scholls-look-alikes? Was it the velvet? Or that it hit a nostalgic note? It was probably all of the above.

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Markus Lupfer, Spring 2015

Blue glitter jelly heels
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While they're arguably more nostalgic than 'ugly,' glitter jelly sandals got a grown-up makeover at Markus Lupfer's spring 2015 presentation. A blue pair included iridescent studs and gems, as well as a heeled silhouette.

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Charlotte Ronson, Spring 2015

Blue and black sporty sandals with velcro straps
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From a fashion POV, it's the minimalist version of the sporty sandal — velcro straps, no embellishment, and a neutral color palette. To everyone else, they're Tevas.

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Dior Haute Couture, Spring 2014

Black Aqua Socks with colorful floral sequins and white sole
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The prettiest sprinkling of floral sequins makes these the chicest pair of Aqua Socks we've ever seen. It helps, too, that they're couture — and Dior.

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Marc Jacobs, Spring 2014

Marc Jacobs embellished black Tevas
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It was only a matter of time before Tevas got their time in the spotlight. Marc Jacobs riffed on the sporty sandal with rope-like straps, a rubbery sole, and a Victorian-inspired goth gown as its fashion pairing.

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Prada, Spring 2014

Prada strappy yellow sandals with green gemstones and blue platform
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In an effort to elevate the 'ugliness' of a super chunky sandal, Miuccia Prada embellished the straps with fancy gem stones.

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