WORDS BY AMELIA BELL
It started with Balenciaga’s Triple S. An instant sellout, they sparked a footwear infatuation with everything bulky and untraditional-looking and now the ‘ugly sneaker’ is the toast of the fashion world. You’ll see them everywhere for SS18 - in psychedelic colourways at Stella McCartney, super-sized trainers over at Prada. Granted, they provide a styling conundrum. But one we’re here to solve: minimalist vintage additions and maximalist streetwear are au courant, and the perfect starting point...
Nike Air City Sneakers
It’s the perfect style contradiction - the forward-thinking, futuristic ugly sneaker and timeless vintage classic. A Hermès scarf, Chanel 2.55 or logoed Louis Vuitton tote, will inject instant sophistication into your look, and balance out your freaky footwear. Plus, your fashion gravitas will be assured.
Joshua Sanders Sock Sneakers
Luxury streetwear is the sartorial juggernaut that just won’t stop and next on your shopping list should be a tracksuit. It also happens to be the perfect pairing for Joshua Sanders’s sock sneakers. Add Burberry’s quintessential check to make your look pop.
Fashion has finally come to love the word ‘comfortable’, which means your feet can breathe easy for SS18. But Eytys’s platforms, accompanied by a floral coat and tapered joggers are every bit as fierce and feminine as a pair of stilettos.
Surely you didn’t think we were going to skip Balenciaga? No, even though you might have to wait up day and night to get your hands on a pair, there’s an ugly sneaker for everyone - race runners, speed sneakers... Kicks like this should dictate the rest of your look, so opt for XXL accessories. Just remember, bigger is better.
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