Models Are Obsessed With These "Ugly" Sneakers in 2018

Fashion girls have understood and utilized the power of a statement-making "ugly" shoe since the trend came to be several seasons ago, and perhaps the biggest style to emerge from the "ugly" shoe trend is the "ugly" sneaker. Clunky dad sneakers started showing up on the feet of It girls like Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid in 2016, and now, thanks to the popularity of Balenciaga's sold-out Triple S sneakers, it's a full-blown frenzy.

Retailers haven't been able to keep the polarizing sneakers in stock since their debut, but they are taking pre-orders in new colors for delivery next month (right in time for fashion week). The good news is, despite their $850 price tag, the sneakers are surprisingly versatile. See how Hailey Baldwin, Elsa Hosk, and Bella Hadid are styling them and shop a similar sneaker below. 


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On Hailey Baldwin: Vera Wang Hesse Sunglasses ($250); Balenciaga BB Mode Cotton T-Shirt ($395) and sneakers; Carmar Colin Denim Skirt ($188)


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On Elsa Hosk: Chanel bag; Balenciaga sneakers


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On Bella Hadid: I.Am.Gia Brandy Jacket ($102) and Pants ($95); Dior bag; Balenciaga sneakers

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Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.