Whether you love them, feel indifferent, or want to go run and hide at the thought of them, you can't deny that ugly shoes are dominating the conversation this year. There's no doubt we've hit peak "ugly." We can hardly scroll through Instagram without seeing a pair of Chanel's orthopedic sandals or go a week without hearing about a buzzy new shoe trend that claims to be uglier than the last.
Now that a new year is upon us, we took it upon ourselves to recap all the shoe trends that we can't unsee. We went on and on about all the "dad" sneakers in our lives, pointing out how women paid above retail just to own certain styles. In the warmer months, it's all about sporty sandals that we saw everywhere (and will continue to see). Then there are the less aggressively "ugly" but equally noteworthy trends like chunky Chelsea boots and old-school heeled loafers that are quickly becoming a thing as we move into the new year. But that's just the tip of the iceberg—2020 will see some of the ugliest shoes to date (and by ugly we mean that precise combination of ugly-pretty).
Not all of these trends were made equal—some are far more absurd than others as designers continuously pushed the limits. So, which trend did we crown the ugliest of all ugly shoes? Keep reading to see our definitive ranking.
First Chanel came out with their version of an orthopedic sandal complete with thick velcro straps, a platform sole, and a heel strap. Then, of course, the fashion world took the idea and ran with it and now every version of the "grandpa" sandals exists.