Style Theory: Fugly Sandals - 'Fashionable but ugly' footwear taking over the high street.
Think Birkenstocks, plain or adorned with large jewels and 80s pool shoes now exalted to high fashion status but the likes of Celine, Marni and Prada. The basis of these sandals is nothing new, I have seen Birkenstocks come round in fashion at least three times but it is the fact these were championed by designers on the Spring Summer catwalks that they now are 'the' sandals of the summer. The high street have every style, colour and jewelled option available, from very pretty to really quite ugly..dare you wear them?
Here is the inspiration behind the trend which began with the fur lined Celine sandals above in SS13, to be followed by a deluge of designers in SS14:
|3.1 Phillip Lim SS14|
|Stella McCartney SS14|
How to style these fugly sandals:
|Keep clothes casual, Fugly sandals are a laid back look.|
|Black birkenstocks look great with an all black outfit.|
|Wear with a shirt and (fake) tanned legs|
|Love the look of the Birkenstocks with thin cigarette trousers.|
|Working Isabel Marant sliders with a camel coat|
Here are the best on the High Street:
METALLICS AND JEWELS
The way to glamourise the fugly sandal is to wear a gold, silver or jewelled version. This would be most definitely my sandal of choice, to wear with pale blue distressed skinny jeans with a large turn up and a pale blue oxford shirt and perhaps a black leather rucksack with gold/silver detailing.
|Aldo - Parramore Sandals £50|
|Aldo - Glawet Sandals £55|
|Clarks Studio Punch Lime £49.99|
|Zara Leather Bio Shoes £69.99|
|River Island Pink Gem Stone Flatform Sandals £50|
|Dune @ John Lewis £120.00|
THE CROSS OVER POOL SLIDERS:
|River Island Metal Trim Cross mules £40|
|Aldo - Codissago Sandals £40 (also in Gold)|
|Dune Lisa Leather Sandals £110|
Wear patterned sandals with all back for a sleek stylish look.
|Calvin Klein Geometric Slides £80|
|Zara Leather Sandals with Fringes £59.99|
THE CLASSIC BIRKENSTOCKS
The most 'user friendly' of the trend - anything goes with these sandals wear with jeans, denim dresses, cut off shorts etc etc and the good news is they super comfy, heels be gone it is all about the comfy sole...
|River Island - White or Black Single Strap Birkenstock £40|
River Island Pink Single Strap - £40 John Lewis - Salina Birkenstock £49.95
River Island - White or Black Double Strap Birkenstock £50
MY STYLE: Attending the opening of a new gym - more about that in another post!
The rest of the week I was super scruffy...
|Left: Jumper Topshop|
Right: Jumper Zara
Trainers: Adidas Superstar originals
So are you going to indulge in the Fugly shoe trend, will you be resurrecting your old Birkos? I have my eye on the jewelled Zara ones and am off to try them on now!
I would love to hear your thoughts and comments as always,
Till next time, Frances xx