In case you’ve been wondering when the fashion world will officially retire the term “athleisure,” the Valentino resort 2018 runway won’t give you a definite answer. In fact, within the first few looks of the show in New York, there were clear signs that comfort is still first in the form of tracksuits and tube socks. But the true controversial trend was Pierpaolo Piccioli’s selection of footwear by far.
There were three distinct styles that were paired with pretty, flowing dresses and loose-fitting pants alike, and they’ll speak right to you if you’re a fan of an “ugly shoe”—a style that’s doesn’t apologize for being a little loud and a bit clunky. The most timely of examples was the flip-flop that was seen repeatedly throughout the show, as well as a fuzzy, striped bootie with a rubber sole—aka a “sneakerboot”—and a more delicate heeled sandal paired with the aforementioned ribbed sports sock.
None of these styles are for the faint of heart, but they complemented Piccioli’s overall nod to athletics. They’re daring, forward, and they’re sure to gain plenty of celeb attention in the coming months. In the meantime, scroll down for a closer look at these controversial designs.
Valentino’s not the only brand championing the trends we’ll see in a few months. Check out the standout pieces from the Dior Resort 2018 collection.