May We Present the "Ugly" Shoes to End All "Ugly" Shoes

Anna LaPlaca

Welcome to Runway Matters, where we're delivering notes straight from the runway so you can quickly digest the most important trends and noteworthy moments from the F/W 18 shows.

Leather, lace… and orthopaedic-style shoes? Christopher Kane’s fall collection adhered to what fashion does best: taking elements from extreme ends of the style spectrum and fusing them into a singular statement. If we’re measuring the success of a fashion collection by its ability to subvert our long-held standards of cool, then Christopher Kane passed with flying colours. It put practical value in the seemingly un-fashion and functionality in the seemingly extravagant. In other words, the classic mixing of high and low—a fashion phenomenon as old as time.

Here’s a fun game for you: Choose the most unglamorous and quotidian object you can think of. There—it just became the next cult item. You might be asking yourself how something so unassuming lends itself so well to being transformed into the epitome of cool, and the answer just might lie in this collection’s footwear choices, which just kicked the “ugly” shoe trend into high gear. This and every notable moment from the runway, decoded here.

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