The "Ugly" Shoe Trend You Love to Hate Will Pick Up Steam in 2020

As the fashion crowd continues to give the side-eye to antiquated fashion rules, “ugly” trends continue to blossom. These days, it’s really about wearing what makes you feel comfortable (which may include testing out those “uncool but actually so cool” looks) rather than succumbing to the conventional ideology of what’s “flattering.” And while we recently highlighted a range of the more ironic trends that style setters are gravitating towards, we thought we’d take a deeper dive into one of the more polarizing shoe styles that just so happens to be one 2020’s top “ugly” trends.

Get ready, because functional sandals (you know the kind—those clunkier, two-strap silhouettes) are bound to pick up steam even more over the next year. That’s right—while they’ve been hovering around in the market for a while, designers from 3.1 Phillip Lim to Zimmermann proved that the ironic, more unconventional shoe trend has longevity after showcasing them in their S/S 2020 collections.

So whether you’ve loved or loathed the trend in the past, it’s one that could be worth testing out now given the comfortable and fashion-forward nature worn with socks or on their own come spring and summer.

If you’re on board (or have been for a while and want to refresh your offering), wonderful—there’s a range of fresh shopping picks below. And if you need a little extra push with some more inspiration, we rounded up how celeb and fashion girls have been wearing the cool trend over the last year, as well as how designers interpreted the silhouette on the spring runways.

On celebs:
Kendall Jenner socks and sandals trend


Style Tip: Wool socks and two-strap sandals paired with sleek trousers and a fuzzy sweater is one of those unexpected yet incredibly forward looks right now.

On Kendall Jenner: Adidas trousers; Balenciaga sunglasses

Gigi Hadid outfit with dress and sandals


Style Tip: While just about any shoe style would work with this black button-down dress, the unconventional sandal choice is particularly cool.

On Gigi Hadid: Sandro dress; Birkenstock Sandals ($225)

Elsa Hosk ugly shoe trend


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Style Tip: Test out this formula containing a T-shirt, cropped jeans, and sandals when the temperatures start to warm up. You can get the same vibe by adding in an oversized sweatshirt and cozy socks for right now.

On Elsa Hosk: Acne Studios tee; Eb Denim Jeans ($337); Birkenstock x Rick Owens Arizona Sandals ($252)

Kourtney Kardashian puffer coat trend



Style Tip: Keep it comfortable with socks and sandals, joggers, and a puffer coat.

On Kourtney Kardashian: Yeezy sweatpants;  Birkenstock x Rick Owens Arizona Sandals ($252)

On the street:
How to wear socks and sandals trend


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Style Tip: Socks and sandals are cool for the season with cropped jeans, a crew-neck sweater, and a moto jacket.

How to wear ugly sandals and a dress


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Style Tip: Patterned two-strap sandals bring a laid-back feeling to an elegant dressed-up vibe.

How to wear a suit and sandals


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Style Tip: Go for the unexpected by wearing a pair of functional sandals with modern tailoring.

How to wear ugly shoe trend


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Style Tip: The contrast between black sandals and a monochromatic white outfit feels so right.

On the runways:
Altuzarra shoe trend spring 2020


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The patent orange sandals at Altuzarra pop against the gorgeous red skirt and top look.

Sacai shoe trend spring 2020


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Functional sandals with extra hardware—like these from the Sacai show—bring a little extra edge to an ensemble.

3.1 phillip lim shoe trend spring 2020


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These 3.1 Phillip Lim black flat sandals feel even cooler with the coordinating loose leather pants.

Zimmermann shoe trend spring 2020


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Zimmermann’s gold sandals will take any outfit—including this pretty shorts ensemble—to the next level.

Imagine these with white socks. Quite cool.

The chunky sole and strap in the back brings an extra level of comfort.

The snakeskin print gives these such a fancy feel.

Yes, these are as cozy as they look.

The silver metal hardware and contrasting white straps feel so current.

Punch up your outfit with these metallic slides.

The fuzzy upper detail gives these sandals that much-desired comfortable element.

Spot on and so sophisticated.

If you’re looking for a high-end pair of strap sandals, consider these Western-inspired stunners.

These would actually work with a pair of wool socks as well.

Make a statement in these sandals with the contrasting hues.

The studs bring a downtown-feel to these black sandals.

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