Christopher Kane shows orthopaedic shoes for AW18

Amy de Klerk
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From Harpers Bazaar UK

It seems that the era of the ugly shoe is definitely not over – and may well be back bigger than ever. Aside from ‘Dad trainers’ being the shoe du jour of the street style set, Christopher Kane has continued his love affair with unsexy shoes by teaming up with an orthopaedic footwear brand for his latest show.

Presenting his autumn/winter 2018 collection yesterday during London Fashion Week, Kane explored “the joy of sex” through the clothes. He appeared to juxtapose this theme with perhaps the least sexy shoes we could imagine by teaming up with orthopaedic shoe brand, Z-Coil.

Designed to relieve foot, leg and back pain by reducing the impact to the body, the shoes feature spring heels which act like shock absorbers and reduce your impact with the ground by up to 50 per cent.

Although the collection did feature some more typically glamorous embellished heels and boots, there were also pairs of trainers with the spring heel, made in collaboration with Z-Coil.

An orthopaedic shoe brand teaming up with a high-fashion label may seem like a surprising development, but this is actually not altogether that shocking a move for Kane. For the last few seasons, he has teamed up with Crocs – perhaps fashion's most infamous 'ugly' footwear.

In addition to this, Balenciaga showed Crocs for spring/summer 2018 (which sold out before they were even released), ‘90s Buffalo-inspired trainers were seen on the Marques’Almeida catwalk yesterday (after the style made a comeback earlier this season), Vetements' 'Triple S' Dad trainers are so popular that they are almost impossible to get your hands on and, finally, just last month, Y/Project collaborated with Ugg on some very comfortable-looking boots.

It looks as if the 'ugly shoe' trend is well and truly back. Hey, at least we'll be comfortable.

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