Reading: Ugly Shoes Are Trendy, Dad’s Everywhere Say “I Told You”
Ugly Shoes Are Trendy, Dad’s Everywhere Say “I Told You”
Who would have guessed that the ugly sneaker would transform into the glass slipper of the sneaker industry? The footwear we collectively shamed and left in the corner is finally getting its time to ride in the horse and carriage. No matter if you are a hardcore sneakerhead who still spends money on weekly drops, or just a casual dude looking for a new pair of kicks, the majority of us have always leaned towards an uncomplicated sneaker. Whether it be an Adidas Ultra Boost, a retro Air Jordan, or an expensive pair of Common Projects Achilles low, fashionable sneakers all share a similar design aesthetic: simple and sleek. But it seems we’ve grown tired of the same, predictable story. Ugly, thick, bulky, chunky sneakers are currently the shit in menswear. Don’t toss your classice beauties just yet. Think of the ugly sneaker as a specialty piece. Something to wear when you want others to notice what is on your feet. Here is a rundown of some of the season’s most grisly pairs.
For the Hardcore Menswear Nerd – Adidas Raf Simons Ozweegos III.
Menswear designer Raf Simons always seems to be one step ahead. The original Ozweego was originally released in 2015 with little fan fare. The majority of us didn’t even bother with the shoe since we were still on the whole clean sneaker look. So it’s not unfair to say that Simon’s Adidas Ozweego’s was at the forefront of the ugly sneaker movement. The contrast of bold colours alongside the chunky paneling of the shoe make this pair pretty ugly (in a good way).
For the High Fashion Fashionista – Balenciaga Triple S
The Balenciaga Triple S is the “it” sneaker at the moment. It’s the shoe you see all over your Instagram explore page, being posted by every and all the insta-famous fashionistas. The triple goes full throttle with a layered sole that was inspired by stacking a track shoe, running shoe and basketball shoe’s sole together. The distressed, dirty leather and vibrant colour makes gives off the vibe that you are wearing a luxury version of a beat up pair of sketchers. The price of the Triple S will probably scare most of you off, but for those looking to win first place in the ugly competition look no further than the Triple S.
For the Hypebeast – Yeezy Boost 700 Waverunner
Hypebeasts will blindly follow wherever their god Kanye West takes them, even if West is now championing a silhouette that has long been avoided by sneakerheads. If Ye is now on the chunky sneaker trend, you can rest assured these Yeezy’s will be a hit. Not that it needed any more attention but the neon laces on the Wave Runner’s give the sneaker an extra dash of flash. Along with the distinct colour accents the Wave Runner is the cool version of your Dad’s running old runner. While these sneakers might look like any other pair of trendy clunky kicks, it’s the ever-popular boost cushioning system which is what sets them apart from the rest.
For the Menswear Rookie – Greats The Pronto
Let’s say you don’t want to go all out ugly but still want a taste of the unsightly sneaker trend; then the Greats Pronto is for you. The direct to consumer brand is not deliberately trying to make a nasty looking shoe. However there is enough diversity of colours, and textures and materials to give this sneaker a foot in the door for this trend.