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Christopher Kane

The Brit designer’s newest shoe collaboration with Z-Coil, unveiled at his runway show in London. (Photo: Getty)

Orthopedic footwear gets a trendy makeover — but is it cute?

First it was Crocs and now it’s Z-coil. Brit designer Christopher Kane is not stepping back from his reputation for launching the “ugly shoe” into the forefront of high fashion. During the designer’s London Fashion Week show on Monday, Kane unveiled clunky, leather sneakers, each embellished with tiny crystals, but most noticeable were the springy heels attached to them. The springy heels were developed by Z-Coil, an orthopedic shoe company that coins itself as “The World’s Leading Pain Relief Footwear.” The spring heel technology acts as both a shock absorber and a source of energy for the wearer. Only time will tell if these Z-Coil sneakers will be spotted all over the fashion it-crowd, but if the past tends to repeat itself, there is no doubt these “ugly” shoes will be everywhere.

During NYFW, resident cool-label R13 debuted Ugg platform sneakers. The model who wore them had on a leopard print pantsuit, matching ball cap and black turtleneck. And, dare we say, she looked chic in the shoes?

Ugg and its relationship with high-fashion is continuing to evolve and grow. Just last month, Y/Project debuted a collaboration with Ugg in the form of thigh-high Ugg boots. Y/Project’s creative director, Glenn Martens has described the shoes as, “like putting your foot in a warm pot of butter, and I thought why not elevate that and immerse your full legs!” It’s been hard to imagine Uggs incorporated in a high-fashion look that was both wearable and stylish—until today.

Yet there were some more outrageous shoe moments on the runway this week made by Jeremy Scott who debuted his thigh-high moon boots and they’re just as crazy as you would imagine.

Designer Tom Ford took a more subtle approach debuting a new kind of footwear during his Fall/Winter 2018 menswear show: a hybrid between a slipper and a sneaker. Its top exterior looked like any other pair of luxurious, wear-at-home slippers. It featured a red velvety texture accentuated by a pair of black interlocking tassels. Yet, its mid and outer soles were white and black, and both had a rubbery texture similar to a pair of Nike kicks. The hybrid footwear was styled with a snakeskin print bomber jacket, a black turtleneck,  black zip hoodie, black cargo trousers, and sleek black sunglasses. Perhaps, this was Ford’s take on a new, glamorous athleisure look for men?

But if past fashion weeks have taught us anything, these are likely to be the first of many eccentric shoes to come down the runway.

During fashion week last season, Balenciaga sent models down the runway wearing bedazzled platform Croc shoes, which surprisingly sold out before they were even released. Christopher Kane, who first pioneered the “high-fashion” version of Crocs, debuted spongy heels. More recently, Chinese menswear label Sankuanz created sandal sneakers, a.k.a. velcro sandals styled over sneakers (yes, really).

But who could forget the kind of fantasy footwear Alexander McQueen helped cultivate in the industry, such as his iconic armadillo boots that Lady Gaga famously wore during her Bad Romance video? The singer later bought three pairs of the armadillo boots for charity, spending a grand total of $300,000.

Check back as we continue to update with the most eccentric shoes of the season.

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