11 Ugly-Cool Shoes From Fashion Week
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A Step Ahead1 of 12
By Tiffany Tse
The models at New York Fashion Week never had it so good. Rather than teetering down the runway in spindly stilettos, they strutted in Birkenstock-like sandals, thick-soled sneakers, cushy wedges and more. Check out these 11 spring clodhoppers—they may not be for everyone, but, hey, at least they're comfy!
Good Sport2 of 12
Athletic-inspired flatforms were the accessory du jour at Y-3. The blocky heels remind us of geta, sandals with a wooden base traditionally worn by Japanese geisha.
Man Up3 of 12
At Helmut Lang, perforated leather shoes looked like slightly off-kilter menswear slip-ons.
Sneaking Around4 of 12
Looks like platform sneakers are here to stay. Isabel Marant's hidden wedge sneakers jumpstarted the trend in 2010, but this season, heels are no longer hidden. At DKNY, models wore colorful versions with thick—and very obvious—platforms.
Buckle Up5 of 12
At Proenza Schouler, several models wore this modern take on traditional Mexican huaraches.
Back to Basics6 of 12
Birkenstock's classic, utilitarian footwear at Edun's runway, shown here in plain white, complemented the collection's simple silhouettes.
Such Great Heights7 of 12
Models got a major height boost—not like they needed it!—thanks to Rag & Bone's lace-up wedges with massive platforms.
Triple Cross8 of 12
Sandals? Sneakers? Diving boots? The footwear at VPL by Victoria Bartlett seemed like all three merged into one comfortable shoe.
White Out9 of 12
Alexander Wang mixed a couple trendy elements—thick heels and a witchy pointy toe—for an intriguing result.
Clear Cut10 of 12
Transparent panels and croc-embossed leather injected 3.1 Phillip Lim's sturdy sling-backs with a touch of playfulness.
Surf's Up11 of 12
Tommy Hilfiger's surf-inspired collection was accompanied by closed-toe shoes rendered in ocean blue rubber and orange suede.
Sock 'Em12 of 12
If you thought sandals with socks were a fashion faux pas, Band of Outsiders aims to change your mind. Models at the show sported flat gladiator sandals worn over black socks.