Consider Yourself Warned: ‘Ugly’ Shoes Are Trending Hard for Spring ’17

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Consider Yourself Warned: ‘Ugly’ Shoes Are Trending Hard for Spring ’17
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Despite what the opening scene of “The Devil Wears Prada” and its many stiletto-clad aspiring editors may have you believe, fashion loves an ugly shoe. Well, so long as its the right kind of ugly, that is. Clunky, clinical, and vaguely orthopedic-looking footwear has been elevated in recent seasons from fashion taboo to street-style staple—just look at the resurgence of Birkenstocks, Teva’s collaborations with Opening Ceremony and Nasty Gal, and, most recently, the gem-embellished Crocs Christopher Kane sent down the runway at his tenth anniversary show last month at London Fashion Week.

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For Spring 2017, designers have doubled down on their affection for all forms of maligned shoes: on top of the Crocs, there were flip-flops (Dolce and Gabbana, Alexander Wang, Dries van Noten), water shoes (MSGM, Markus Lupfer), Teva-esque velcro sandals (Emporio Armani, Maison Margiela, Anna Sui), and a second coming of the Chinese mesh slipper (Noon By Noor).

Then there were those that presented new silhouettes sure to confuse most of the straight male population, such as Paco Rabanne, whose tube-sock-sandal hybrids my coworker helpfully described as “condoms for your feet,” and Gucci, whose four-inch flatforms were topped with wallpaper-floral ankle-boot uppers.

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And while sure, ugly-chic may not be for everyone, these will no doubt find plenty of fans among the more adventurous fashion crowd. Below, get a taste of what we’re all in store for next season with 21 of the most divisive pairs of shoes from the Spring ’17 runways.

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Gucci Spring 2017
Gucci Spring 2017
Christopher Kane x Crocs Spring 2017
Christopher Kane x Crocs Spring 2017
Maison Margiela Spring 2017
Maison Margiela Spring 2017
Prada Spring 2017
Prada Spring 2017
Dolce and Gabbana Spring 2017
Dolce and Gabbana Spring 2017
Paco Rabanne Spring 2017
Paco Rabanne Spring 2017
Anna Sui Spring 2017
Anna Sui Spring 2017
Anya Hindmarch Spring 2017
Anya Hindmarch Spring 2017
Christopher Kane x Crocs Spring 2017
Christopher Kane x Crocs Spring 2017
Emporio Armani Spring 2017
Emporio Armani Spring 2017
Fendi Spring 2017
Fendi Spring 2017
Maison Margiela Spring 2017
Maison Margiela Spring 2017
Markus Lupfer Spring 2017
Markus Lupfer Spring 2017
MSGM Spring 2017
MSGM Spring 2017
Noon by Noor Spring 2017
Noon by Noor Spring 2017
Paco Rabanne Spring 2017
Paco Rabanne Spring 2017
Prada Spring 2017
Prada Spring 2017
Stella McCartney Spring 2017
Stella McCartney Spring 2017
Toga Spring 2017
Toga Spring 2017
Undercover Spring 2017
Undercover Spring 2017
Hood By Air Spring 2017
Hood By Air Spring 2017

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  • Gucci Spring 2017
  • Christopher Kane x Crocs Spring 2017
  • Maison Margiela Spring 2017
  • Prada Spring 2017
  • Dolce and Gabbana Spring 2017
  • Paco Rabanne Spring 2017
  • Anna Sui Spring 2017
  • Anya Hindmarch Spring 2017
  • Christopher Kane x Crocs Spring 2017
  • Emporio Armani Spring 2017
  • Fendi Spring 2017
  • Maison Margiela Spring 2017
  • Markus Lupfer Spring 2017
  • MSGM Spring 2017
  • Noon by Noor Spring 2017
  • Paco Rabanne Spring 2017
  • Prada Spring 2017
  • Stella McCartney Spring 2017
  • Toga Spring 2017
  • Undercover Spring 2017
  • Hood By Air Spring 2017
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