5 Ugly Shoe Trends That Rule This Summer

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Don’t want to give up your go-to flats, everyday sneakers, and boring but comfy pumps? Don’t worry, girl, because you’re actually on trend. Fashion right now is having an ugly moment. In footwear, it seems like the clunkier, the uglier, and the more man-repelling, the better. Here are the five ugly shoe trends that fashionites just can’t get enough of this summer:

1. Birkenstocks

Once the sole territory of crunchy hippie chicks, Birkenstocks are now being spotted on the likes of Rosie Huntington-WhiteleyMena Suvari, and Elle Fanning.

Sam Edelman “Allyn” Chain-Trim Sandals, $120

Sam Edelman "Allyn" Chain-Trim Sandals

Charlotte Stone “Luke” Haircalf Cross-Strap Sandals, $158

Charlotte Stone Luke Haircalf Cross Strap Sandals

Sixtyseven “Cara” Sandals, $79.95


2. Pool Slides

Should Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his love for adidas rubber flip-flops be blamed for pool slides being on-trend? Now donned by famous feet like Rita Ora’s and Khloe Kardashian’s, slides have since upgraded from their orthopedic rubber bumps to luxe fabrics, jewel embellishments, and smooth leather.

Marni Flannel Slide Sandals, $580

Marni Flannel Slide Sandals

KG Kurt Geiger “Monarch” Embellished Haircalf Slide Sandals, $230

KG Kurt Geiger Monarch Slides

Jeffrey Campbell “Romero” Sandals, $95

Jeffrey Campbell Romero Sandals

3. Wide-Strap Gladiator Sandals

Gladiator sandals are back with an ugly vengeance.

Alexander Wang “Eva” Leather Sandals

Alexander Wang Eva Sandals

Sol Sana “January II”  Leather Sandals, $84.95

Sol Sana January II Leather Sandals

4. Cutout Bootandals

We can trace the origins of the cutout bootandals trend back to the Balenciaga cutout booties. Well, at least we can say that Balenciaga found a way to make boots wearable in the summer.

Forever 21 “Jungle Frenzy” Cutout Booties, $79.80

Forever 21 Jungle Frenzy Cutout Booties

Loeffler Randall “Yara” Buckled Sandal Booties, $395

Loeffler Randall Yara buckled sandal booties

5. Sneaker Sandals

If you don’t like the flat, no-support soles of summer sandals, sneaker sandals are your best bet.

Ash “Karma” Studded Sneaker Sandals, $174.95

Ash Karma Sandals

Prada Linea Rossa Gabardine Flat Sandals, $495

Prada Linea Rossa Gabardine Flat Sandals

Miz Mooz “Crosby” Rubber-Sole Sandals, $89.95

Miz Mooz "Crosby" Rubber-Sole Sandals

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