Want to talk ugly chic?

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July 30, 2013
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Is it just us or has effectively every single website that takes even the slightest interest in fashion written and rewritten the ugly-chic shoe trend story to plague (kidding, bless) our feet this summer? You’d almost think the recurrent nod to ugly footwear was a form of self-assurance that Birkenstocks are in fact cool.

De Nile ain’t just a river.

But what about these guys? I think they certainly fall into that so bad they’re great pocket but my opinion may obviously be bias.

I bought them about two years ago on Yoox.com – they were sitting on the website like a sequestered tuberculosis patient waiting for something, anything to redeem them. That thing appeared as ME. Why? Because they reminded me so comprehensively of those Adidas slippers I used to wear to shower at camp and that is a happy memory I would like to continue replaying until I can no longer remember my youth. That and they were like, $80. Blinded by the label and price? Probably. Two years later though, I feel pretty good about how weird they make me feel.

Would you wear them?

REPLIES
  • wolfandpaper

    I think you’d have to be weird and fabulous to pull these off. Or live in a spread of V magazine, Or be Tilda Swinton. Me, I’m a classicist.

  • Jane Bloomfield

    I don’t think I could tbh. They’re what I call muesli -shoes!

  • http://www.fancyalterego.wordpress.com/ Heather P.

    Not sure I could pull them off, but they do look comfortable!

  • andrieya

    Cher could have rocked those with her black and white balmain suit fo sho!

  • http://www.thelitteblackblog.com thelittleblackblog

    Sorry, those are gross. They should be burned along with every Adidas slipper left in this world.

  • pemora

    i really love these. i could picture them with really slim, cropped pants or, heck, a stretchy pencil skirt!

    • Leandra Medine

      With you on the slim trousers. I think in white.

  • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma Hager

    They’re beautiful. I’m having a really hard time finding the ugly part. But then again I’m originally from Berkeley (see: men in Tevas w/ socks to work, Birkenstocks for everything, etc) so maybe my ability to sense ugliness in footwear is missing anyhow.

  • Alba B.

    No thanks Leandra, even if you would give me the flippers with 80$. I would rather prefer continue wearing the adidas though!!!!

  • Erin

    They are A-M-A-ZING! You got me searching all over the web for them yesterday.. I can totally see them paired with white slim cropped pants!

  • Ines

    They’re amazing

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