You’ll be stepping into Spring 2019 in unique style, according to what the runways have been showcasing in recent weeks. Whether chunky, clunky, or covered in vicious-looking spikes, the upcoming season has embraced the “ugly shoe” in a love-it-or-loathe-it trend set to dominate the year ahead. Dsquared2 were the first to make a bid for Spring’s most, er, “memorable” shoe, with models stepping out in a sneaker-wedge-sandal hybrid on the brand’s runway last month. The fluorescent trimmed sandals, held together with bicycle-helmet-style clips, stole headlines with their satirical reimagining of footwear fads – however Dsquared2 soon found itself a rival for Instagram attention.
Last week, Vetements sent down its Spring 2019 runway a sneaker so viciously out there, that it comes with its own line of defense. The French label’s head designer, Demna Gvasalia, debuted his latest collaboration with sportswear giant Reebok, one that fused together a punk aesthetic with the best that dad-core has to offer. Featuring mesh paneling, dashes of neon, and a touch of a graffiti, the intentionally distressed shoes made quite the statement with a smattering of XL spikes.
And, while more of an accessory than a single shoe, Maison Margiela brought a new twist to the term wearable tech at the label’s Couture show. John Galliano introduced plastic holsters into the brand’s collection, which models wore around their ankles, as accompanying iPhones live-streamed the show. The design “illustrates the perpetually-connected follower of the technological age”, Maison Margiela detailed on Instagram – and it’s certainly a trend we can see taking off with the hands-free millennial. Which one will you be embracing for Spring 2019?