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 dominated the conversation this year. There's no doubt we've hit peak "ugly." We can hardly scroll through Instagram without seeing a pair of Balenciaga's infamous Triple S sneakers or go a week without hearing about a buzzy new shoe trend that claims to be uglier than the last.
Now that the year is coming to a close, 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 that emerged in 2018, pointing out how women paid above retail just to own certain styles. As we moved into summer, it was all about retro square-toe sandals that earned the title of the most popular sandal style. Then there were the less aggressively "ugly" but equally noteworthy trends like chunky combat boots and old-school heeled loafers that are quickly becoming a thing as we round out the year. But that's just the tip of the iceberg—2018 saw 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 were 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.