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We Can't Help But Love These Ugly Sneakers

Beauty's in the eye of the beholder.

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There are many levels of being a sneakerhead: there are those who  wear their pristine Stan Smiths almost every day, but all the other shoes in their closet are booties and ballet flats. There are some who keep up with the latest styles form the biggest brands but who wouldn’t be put out if they had to switch to a loafer for work. And then there is that very select group of individuals whose bedroom walls are insulated with a second wall of shoe boxes, who get notifications direct to their inbox about the latest designs and whose loyalty to sports shoes runs so deep their veins are literally (okay, metaphorically) made of laces. 

If you fall into the third category, we get that your appreciation for sneakers surpasses any surface-level, aesthetic pleasure: if there’s a limited edition run of high-tech Adidas, you’ll be first in line. If there’s a high-fashion-meets-staple-sportswear crossover collab between Reebok and Vetements, you’ll call your bank for a loan without hesitation. For you, sneakers are not just an accessory, they’re a collector’s item. 

As such, you can see beyond the cutesy embroidery of a Gucci low-top, the Insta-friendly pastels of a Fenty x Puma design. You’re a true aficionado of all things athleisure and traditionally stylish sneakers don’t even register on your radar – you’ve already got them all. 

We want to celebrate the difficult-to-digest end of the sneaker spectrum, the kind of Quasimodo styles whose beauty lies in the details of the design: the cut-outs, the futuristic materials, the word “laser” appearing in the product description – the kind of shoes you might see characters wearing in a dystopian movie set in an alternate universe. And there's no question as to how you'll pull off such a challenging shoe: everything goes with denim. 

Check out 20 pairs of "ugly" sneakers we can’t wait to add to our shoe collection: 
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Vetements x Reebok Instapump Fury OG Sneakers - $790
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Dolce & Gabbana Pink & Yellow Ibiza Slip-On Sneakers
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3/20
Christopher Kane Knitted Safety Buckle Slide Sneaker - $475
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4/20
Adidas Crazy 8 Primeknit Sneaker - $140
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5/20
PUMA x Sophia Webster Women's Pearl Cage Graphic Lace Up Sneakers - $140
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6/20
Camper Dub - $175
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7/20
Christopher Kane Safety Buckle Sneakers - $445
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8/20
Zara Elastic Felt Sneakers - $30
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9/20
Fila Disruptor 2 Lux Leather Sneakers - $120
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10/20
Marni Neoprene Sneakers - $610
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11/20
Christopher Kane Stone Embellished Crocs Clogs - $142
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12/20
River Island Lace Up Runner Trainers - $80
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13/20
ADIDAS BY RAF SIMONS Ozeego 3 sneakers - $419
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14/20
Emilio Pucci Pink & Green Colorblock Ruffle Slip-On Sneakers - $550
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15/20
Prada Sneakers Cloudbust - $690
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16/20
Acne Studio Manhattan Leather Sneakers - €329
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17/20
Fendi Knit Sneaker Booties - €779
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18/20
Puma Ignite Evoknit Sneaker - $130
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adidas by Stella McCartney Pureboost X Sneakers - $170
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Miu Miu Ollie - €590
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