Love ’em or hate ’em, ugly sneakers are unapologetically having a moment. From Nike to Jimmy Choo, every top label seems to be staking their claim in the fancifully unattractive footwear trend, reshaping the phrase “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” to “ugly is on the foot of the wearer.” Call these shoes what you will, but honestly, I’d proudly prance in them any day of the week.
The stretch sock look has been around for a while, but Prada’s take on the trend with front-and-center branding breaks the mold for how to successfully take a logo-driven stroll. With contrasting laces and a chunky platform, these statement sneaks bring the drama.
I’ve had my eyes on these suede/leather/mesh shoes for a while. Personally, I’d pair these Jimmy Choos with denim and a simple white tee for a classic, easy-to-achieve look.
Another hot trend right now, neon is pushing the boundaries of styling. In my opinion, neon should be used to accent an outfit, not take it over. These Versace sneaks add the perfect amount of pop to any athleisure ensemble.
The longtime partnership between Adidas and Stella McCartney has consistently produced must-have footwear, with each new shoe drop becoming an instant classic. The unique woven pattern on the most recent collab is a fun take on Adidas’ trademark sock material, perfectly elevated with the help of McCartney’s visionary eye.
I consider these shoes the ultimate dad sneakers but with a feminine twist. You can easily rock them throughout any season and, given the wide range of transitional color palettes available, can absolutely break the rules by dressing them both up and down.