You know the expression so ugly it’s cute? Typically applied to kitsch, vintage furniture or curvy-faced animals, the same principle has in recent years swept across the fashion industry – from jewelry to footwear trends.
“Ugly” shoes, in particular, have reigned supreme in recent years, and for good reason. They’re usually way more comfortable than your average shoe, while still providing that on-trend aesthetic we all crave. Ever since Birkenstocks went from summer camp staple to wardrobe staple (not to mention their collaboration with Manolo Blahnik), there’s been a surge in interest in cute footwear. and comfortable.
Now there are even more options to choose from. The re-emergence of ’90s and ’00s style not only brought polarizing clothing trends like mini skirts and low-rise jeans back into fashion, but it also brought the shoe (or 9) trend back into the limelight. Do you remember the heeled flip flops of your youth? It’s now Kendall Jenner’s favorite off-duty look.
Ahead, seven pairs of “ugly” shoes that are surprisingly cute.
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