October 16, 2018

From chunky soles, bold clashing colours to odd-looking silhouettes, ugly sneakers have taken over the streets—and guess what, they’re definitely here to stay. Although you may not take a liking to their aesthetic (yes, it can be divisive), on the plus side, they make you look taller and provide more support to your arch. So, if you’re thinking of being bolder in your choice of footwear, here are 5 pairs to consider. 

Stella McCartney Eclypse Sneakers

Remember those Velcro sneakers that you would die for when you were little? Stella McCartney brings us an elevated version that has a stone and rock textured sole with a pop of nostalgia. Rather than wearing your everyday lace-ups, this pair can add an unexpected twist to your outfit.

Balenciaga Speed sneakers

“I like those Balenciagas, the ones that look like socks.” Rapper Cardi B pretty much summed up in her hit song ‘I Like It’. To simply put, socks with soles. Crafted in Italy from a black lurex fabric, this pull-on style makes these seamless sneakers ideal for people who are fuss-free. And guess what, they are very comfortable too.

Ozweego by Adidas Originals x Raf Simons Black Yellow

Known as the Godfather of ugly sneakers, which made its debut back in 2013 (although it wasn’t a hit at that time), these unisex sneakers return with a new bumblebee-inspired hue this fall. If you’re a fan of bright colours, here’s a keeper.

Louis Vuitton Archlight

Imagine a pair of sneakers being worn by a sci-fi movie protagonist to fight a Pacific Rim monster. That’s what Louis Vuitton has created. Instantly recognisable for its oversized, wave-shaped outsole, Archlight is so highly sought-after that the fashion house opened a pop-up store in Soho just dedicated to these sneakers.

Nike Air Max 97 Camo Pack

What’s sneaker shopping without the classic Nike sports shoes? The Nike Air Max 97s just celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, and most recently released a camo colourway just in time for fall. Inspired by Japan’s high-speed bullet trains, this Air Max 97 features a leather and mesh upper with camo printed on the mudguard panel and tongue tab. We can totally see you wearing this with a suit for casual Fridays.  

Image Credits: Louis Vuitton, Stella McCartney, Adidas Originals x Raf Simons