The Designer "Ugly" Shoes Women Pay a Premium to Wear


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Yep, we’re here to talk about “ugly” shoes again. Regardless of your views on “dad” sneakers, the population at large is apparently very much for them. Yep, we recently tapped the experts at luxury consignment mecca The RealReal to pull data on the designer shoes in general that people pay a premium to own, and a pair of “dad” sneakers took the cake.

“Luxury sneakers continue to dominate the resale market, with the ubiquitous dad sneaker still reigning supreme,” said The RealReal Chief Merchant Rati Levesque. “Waiting lists skyrocketed this past year for cult styles like the Louis Vuitton Archlights, Alexander McQueen Larry Low-Top Sneakers, and the Balenciaga Triple S, which is still selling for 10% above retail on average.”

So, there you have it: It’s the multicolored Balenciaga clunksters that people will drop serious cash for in the resale world, because they often sell out elsewhere in a range of sizes. For reference, the sneakers cost around $895 on average, but go for upward of $995 on The RealReal.

What do you think of the sneakers? Do you already love them? On the fence? Well, if you’re looking for inspiration to possible make them your own, keep scrolling to check out how fashion girls are wearing the kicks now. Plus, shop the “ugly” shoes on The RealReal, along with other silhouettes worth considering now.


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Elevate your Balenciaga sneakers with trousers and a smart camel coat.


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Pair your kicks with patent pants and a cool coat for a forward vibe.


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The Balenciaga sneakers look great with cropped jeans to really show them off.


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You can't go wrong with this outfit formula—a bomber jacket, a printed dress, and the famous kicks. 


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Yep, you just may want to live in this cozy ensemble all season long. 

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Bobby Schuessler
Market Director

Bobby Schuessler is a fashion editor with over a decade of editorial experience covering shopping, style, and beauty. He's spent over seven years at Who What Wear, currently leading the market team to deliver highly covetable and convertible content. He creates data-driven shopping guides featuring top retialers like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter and is at the forefront of Who What Wear's shopping tentpole strategies, including Amazon Prime Day. He also works on branded content initiatives and appears on camera in video and shopping livestream franchises. He has also worked across a variety of other media brands and fashion retailers like Refinery29, PureWow, Men's Health, and Gilt covering commerce, trend reporting, women's and men's fashion, home, and lifestyle.