They can be unflattering, uncomfortable and sometimes, downright hideous – but we buy them anyway! Here are some of the world’s most popular “Pretty Ugly” shoes that became billion-dollar fads and shook up the global fashion scene.1. Crocs Since its founding in 2002, Crocs has expanded its brand into a global empire, selling millions of pairs around the world. It’s been a staple in schools, hospitals and restaurant kitchens since its launching but truth be told, it probably should be put away once office hours are over. While the brand has been trying to break away from its classic designs, Crocs’ sales have diminished rampantly over the recent years.2. Mandals Androgyny has been a rising trend in fashion in the recent years – from boyfriend jeans to oversized polos, and now the “mandals” or as some would like to call it, the “Jesus sandals”. Known for their veteran line of mandals, Birkenstock has always been the go-to brand to get a pair in any style or color – now designs even come in metallic and fur details!
3. Kitten Heels During the era of fashion icons Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, kitten heels were all the rage. It was everything that a classy, young lady would have wanted at the time. However, these shoes may not be as flattering especially on one’s profile as the other pairs in the heels department. It’s probably best to aim for greater heights if you want to be able to enhance your assets better.
4. UGGs The perfect example of “comfort over fashion”, UGGs are the most snug and cosy pairs of boots you’ll ever get the chance of putting on. These boots are definitely made for walking and will probably leave you with no complaints except for one – “I wish these boots looked prettier!”5. Armadillo Shoes Pioneered by eclectic, avant-garde designer, Alexander McQueen in his 2010 S/S collection, these shoes turned heads not only on the runway but later down on the red carpet as well on the likes of celebrities like Lady Gaga, Daphne Guinness and Karen Gillian. Because of the fact that these 10-inch heels are incredibly hard to walk in, these shoes are better utilized only for photo shoots or costume parties. Otherwise, you wouldn’t want to be wearing them to the mall, awkwardly hauling them around.
6. Sneaker Wedges A look that not everyone can pull off are sneaker wedges. They look really heavy on their own so no matter your height or body type, it may have you looking disproportional or heavier – either way it’s no pretty sight. However, they also add a little bit more flare to a casual outfit, so don’t go closing the doors on these sneaker wedges just yet!
7. Reverse HeelsJust like the Armadillo shoes, reverse heels are deadly and dangerous to walk in. Aside from being sky-high, they also position a woman’s body in a very awkward and unflattering position when wearing them.
8. Flatforms First popularized in the 90’s by the Spice Girls, the flatforms made a comeback three years ago and further hyped up on the runways of S/S 2015. Since then, a lot of A-list celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Kate Bosworth have been sporting them just about anywhere.
9. Jelly Shoes It was in the 80s when the Jelly fad began and everyone was obsessed with synthetic and brightly-colored items. Now, it’s being revived and shoe enthusiasts are crazy about it and brands are adapting. Dolce and Gabbana, Prada, Melissa and Grendha are just some of the brands that carry jelly sandals.
10. Clogs What once were associated with grimy hair and grubby clothes are now a staple in every stylish bohemian chic’s closet! Although it’s quite tricky finding a pair that you’ll feel most comfortable in so be sure to choose wisely if you ever find yourself looking for clogs.