6 New "Ugly" Shoe Trends Descending on the Fashion World This Year

ugly shoe trends 2021

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There’s nothing that fashion loves more than subverting expectations and flipping the script on antiquated fashion rules. The new prevailing fashion mentality puts unique personal style front and center, inspiring people to dress for no one but themselves.

That ideology is exactly what sparked the sartorial world’s obsession with “ugly” fashion. "Ugly" fashion is one big tongue-in-cheek response to dressing for one’s body or choosing “flattering” clothing. What was once considered lowbrow has become cool and is now worn both ironically and unironically. If you’re still confused, just think back to how Birkenstocks, once the premiere middle-class dad sandal of the century, became a fashion-girl staple, inspiring a legion of high-end designer copycats.

As is the way of fashion, even ugly fashion trends are cyclical, with a new crop coming in and out with each passing season. Narrowing in on the footwear styles from the S/S 2021 runways, we’ve rounded up six “ugly” shoes that are going to be big for the whole year and especially this spring. Read on to see which styles you should keep on your radar.

ugly shoe trends: tricky toes

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Courtesy of Sportmax; Courtesy of Acne Studios

We spotted this trend on the S/S 2021 runways at ACNE Studios, Khaite, and plenty of others, which tells me that it’s one to watch. With elements like complicated straps and asymmetrical cutouts, no one will be able to take their eyes off of these.

Acne Studios S/S 2021

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Acne Studios S/S 2021

Sportmax S/S 2021

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Courtesy of Sportmax

Sportmax S/S 2021

ugly shoe trends: low heels

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Courtesy of Bevza; Courtesy of Chanel

As we know well know, the pandemic nearly obliterated tall heels, making way for these ultra-low floor-skimming pumps. They remind me of the sensible heels my grandma used to wear—comfortable and practical—placing them squarely in the ugly-cool category.

Chanel S/S 2021

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Courtesy of Chanel

Chanel S/S 2021

Bevza S/S 2021

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Courtesy of Bevza

Bevza S/S 2021

ugly shoe trends: platform flip-flops

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Courtesy of Jacquemus; Courtesy of Kenzo

Who else remembers those platform flip-flops from the early 2000s? These are like the elevated version of those retro sandals with cushy soles and extra-wide straps.

Jacquemus S/S 21 runway

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Jacquemus S/S 2021

Kenzo S/S 21 runway

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Courtesy of Kenzo

Kenzo S/S 2021

ugly shoe trends: sporty velcro sandals

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Courtesy of Jason Wu; Courtesy of Sea

It’s confirmed: Chunky sandals are here to stay. The spring runways were littered with sporty Velcro sandals (fashion’s take on elevated Tevas) with updates like colorful fabrics and whimsical embellishments.

Jason Wu S/S 2021

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Courtesy of Jason Wu

Jason Wu S/S 2021

Sea S/S 2021

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Courtesy of Sea

Sea S/S 2021

ugly shoe trends: furry flats

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Courtesy of Balenciaga; Courtesy of Molly Goddard

How could we forget house slippers? These cozy flats are what kept us the most comfortable last year, and they’re about to serve their purpose all the way through 2021 as well with luxurious updates like faux-fur and pretty pastel tones.

Molly Goddard S/S 2021

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Courtesy of Molly Goddard

Molly Goddard S/S 2021

Balenciaga S/S 2021

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Courtesy of Balenciaga

Balenciaga S/S 2021

ugly shoe trends: clogs

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Courtesy of Hermès; Courtesy of Bally

Love them or hate them, you can’t deny that clogs are having a moment right now, and dare I say, they’ve never looked cooler. From cow-print clogs to patent leather, they’re completely taking off.

Hermès S/S 2021

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Courtesy of Hermès

Hermès S/S 2021

Bally S/S 2021

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Courtesy of Bally

Bally S/S 2021

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