Platform clogs, flip flops and other “ugly” shoes to buy in 2022

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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When you want to add height without sacrificing comfort, platforms are your best bet. This white style is elegant and favorable.


Thong Heels

Do like Kendall Jenner and step up your thong game with padded thong heels.


Jelly sandals

These are not your typical jelly sandals. Embossed with golden details, it is a modern and chic version of the childhood trend.


Classic flip flops

For the thong look without the heel height, these white thongs are perfect to wear with just about anything.



Embrace the Gucci look without the Gucci price tag, these blue Sam Edelman loafers are a safe bet.


casual clogs

If you’re looking for a more everyday clog, this pair, with a sturdy sole and perfect heel height, is for you.

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