Not only Barbie is getting off her heels for a while. In a stylistic revolution, this year’s winter fashion celebrates the return of ‘ugly footwear’, where comfort becomes the main trend criterion. Clogs, fur-lined sandals and ski boots are some of the options that are gaining ground in the fashion world.
Celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Moss, Gigi Hadid and Elsa Hosk are at the forefront of this trend, proving that comfort can go hand in hand with style. Furry Ugg boots, in particular, have seen a significant revival.
Thus, the rise of ‘ugly shoes’ in winter fashion reflects a shift in stylistic priorities towards comfort and functionality. These styles, once considered unattractive, are now winter wardrobe essentials, replacing uncomfortable shoes with more comfortable and practical options.
The Ugg boots phenomenon
These boots, popular since the 80s and booming in the 2000s, have made a strong comeback. The model that is causing a sensation is the ankle-length one, in beige and with a platform. Influencers and celebrities such as Emily Ratajkowski, Kendall Jenner and Beyoncé have contributed to its popularity.
The impact of social networks.
Instagram and TikTok have been flooded with styles and ways to wear these boots, which previously divided opinions. Now, this shoe is experiencing its maximum splendor and its popularity is expected to continue growing in 2024.
The other ‘ugly’ footwear
In addition to Ugg boots, wide strap sandals also remain a trend during the winter. What was once considered a bad combination, wearing socks with sandals, has now become a hallmark of fashion connoisseurs.
Birkenstock: from functional to fashionable
Birkenstocks, originally created to improve walking, have also evolved from merely functional footwear to becoming a fashion icon. They are worn in winter with horrible socks and in neutral tones.