Leave it to Balenciaga to dethrone one of its own creations as the “ugliest ugly shoe” of the summer. For the brand’s Spring 2018 show, Demna Gvasalia, the renegade Balenciaga designer, collaborated with Crocs to send out bauble-encrusted, 10-inch platforms in bold shades of yellow and pink that unsurprisingly caused an uproar on social media. ‘Have we reached peak ugly shoe’ was the question repeated by footwear aficionados and fashion lovers alike, in reference to the wonderfully weird trend currently infiltrating the market. But, according to Gvasalia, no, we have not.
The Georgian designer recently took to the brand’s Instagram page to tease a pair of rubber, hot-pink heels adorned with kitschy charms and embellishments that immediately went viral. It’s still unclear whether the new footwear is in collaboration with Crocs or simply just inspired by the rubbery footwear, however, we have to commend the boundary-pushing designer for constantly proving us wrong. While many would argue that the stiletto is the antidote to any certifiably “ugly” shoe out there, Gvasalia is here to remind us that it’s not, apparently.
Though the price has yet to be revealed, the last pair of Balenciaga Crocs ranged up to US $850, creating subsequent buzz — the platforms sold out before they were even officially available for purchase. Meanwhile, a pair of heels from Croc (yes, they exist) retail for less than $60.
“Ugly” shoes are inexplicably having a major moment. From Y/Projects thigh-high Uggs, Loewe’s dad sneaker with the curled up toes, Vetements’s spiked trainers, and this creation recently unveiled by DSquared2, the ironic footwear trend is seemingly not going anywhere, anytime soon. Especially not if Balenciaga have anything to say about it.