Yes people, they’re actual — and so they’re horrifying.
Welcome to our column, “Hey, Quick Question,” the place we examine seemingly random happenings within the vogue and sweetness industries. Enjoy!
A sure group of buzzy vogue manufacturers appear to be locked in a stalemate regarding who can design the ugliest shoe possible that also retains sufficient of a “cool” issue to skyrocket it to cult standing. Most notably, we now have Balenciaga’s Demna Gvasalia, who not solely launched platform Crocs on the French label’s Spring 2018 runway in Paris, he is additionally the mastermind behind the chunky, Sketchers-esque sneakers which are arguably probably the most desired silhouette in footwear proper now. (Everyone from Yeezy to Prada to Dior has a pair of them on provide at present.)
Over the previous few years, designers have labored to replace utilitarian, decidedly unattractive shoe kinds for a brand new technology of customers, main Teva, Birkenstock and Dr. Scholls to have a second within the highlight. But one traditional model, beloved by “basic bitches and bros,” is really going for it: Ugg, which has collaborated with the likes of Thaddeus O’Neil, Jeremy Scott, Preen and Phillip Lim in recent reasons, is going all out to achieve a fashion revival. Its newest partnership is with super-hip French label Y/Project, a conceptual streetwear-influenced collective that’s in line with Vetements, which debuted on the men’s runway in Paris on Wednesday.
Now, these aren’t your typical ankle- or calf-high boots we’re talking about. They’re thigh-high! And slouchy! “Y/Project is about challenges. Since launch we’ve been twisting the grounded codes, we challenged the acceptable and triggered people by putting focus on the unexpected,” designer Glenn Martens said in a press release. “By reworking the Classic boot with a typical Y/Project twist such as the triple overlaps and the extra-long legs we want to celebrate the UGG brand’s unique history.” While the early 2000s are inarguably back where trends are concerned, we’d guess that even aughts Ugg enthusiasts like Paris Hilton and Britney Spears would shudder at the mere thought of wearing these.
We know, nothing is toastier than shearling boots, and in the dead of winter, we’re often forced to sacrifice style for warmth. But would you go to these lengths? If you’re a brave enough soul — and can actually walk successfully in them — we hope you reach for the stars and pair them with a denim mini-skirt, as Miss Hilton herself probably would.
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