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3/13/18
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Trend Report: Ugly Sneakers

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Ugly sneakers have been making their appearance on the runways and street-style stars for a while now. As is the usual "trickle down effect" from runway to real-way, high-end designers, including Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, and Dior, have all debuted their own version of the "ugly sneaker" in their shows. In early 2018, celebrities and influencers were seen sporting the Balenciaga Triple S sneaker at EVERY fashion week. I'm SURE you know the ones... pictured below...

Balenciaga Triple S via Highsnobiety

I'm generally not one to jump on a trend for the sake of being "trendy." I live by the motto: "wear what you want to wear." For some reason (probably the aggressive social media marketing that I submit myself to every day), at the start of this year, I found myself strangely attracted to ugly shoes. Suddenly my brain is telling me, "the uglier, the better!" I've recently fallen in love with the Louis Vuitton Archlight sneakers

Louis Vuitton Archlight Sneakers via Highsnobiety

Being the fashion lover that I am, I decided that I wanted IN on this "ugly movement", but I did NOT (and will never) have the funds to buy $1000+ sneakers.... THANKFULLY I quickly figured out that you don’t have to be a millionaire to get your hands on some cute AF ugly sneakers! ;)

The "ugly" sneaker has been around forever... as in since the 80's... your dad likely wore these shoes when he took you to Disney Land. I actually have my own deep history with ugly sneakers due to the fact that I have insanely flat feet (they're basically deformed and they always hurt, but its fine, I live with it). What I'm about to tell you is a true story: Circa 1995, my dear mother relentlessly tried to get me to wear the FILA Disruptor because the doctor suggested that I should ONLY wear shoes with extreme arch support. The FILA Disruptor shoe fit the bill. I remember specifically telling my mom, “you will NEVER catch me wearing those ugly orthotic shoes... EVER.” Fast forward to 2018, I bought those EXACT shoes and wear them daily. 

***eats words spoken 15 years ago*** and THIS, my friends, is why they say "never say never"…

Last Words:

If you are skeptical about this "ugly sneaker" movement, believe me, I GET IT (re-read paragraph above). Don't force it, if you can't see past the ugliness, then its not for you. There are tons of beautiful shoes out there waiting for you :)

If you're on the fence, let me tell you this — I am a little upset that I've been missing out (all my life) on this level of FOOT COMFORT. I genuinely hope this trend sticks around so that I can continue to wear ridiculously comfy shoes while still looking cool AF.

My top picks for reasonably-priced "ugly sneakers"

  1. FILA Disruptor || Premium Sneaker (I own these!)
  2. New Balance 990v4
  3. PUMA Phenomenon Training Shoes
  4. Zara Triple Z (Balenciaga look-a-likes)
  5. Nike Air Monarch IV

MY SPECIAL PICK: FILA Disruptor || Premium Sneaker (in GOLD!!!)

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Sarah is the Creative Director behind WE THE BIRDS' brand strategy and visual imagery. She brings her years of experience and credibility in fashion, graphic design & photography (having worked for a large retailer's creative department for the better part of her career).

Credentials

Consulting Designer
Bergdorf Goodman, 2016 - 2017

Creative & Web Designer
Cusp by Neiman Marcus, 2011 - 2017

Art Direction, Freelance

Photography, Freelance

BA Studio Art & French
College of the Holy Cross, 2010

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