No One Saw This "Ugly" Shoe Trend Coming

Allyson Payer

Now that we all know why everyone is buying "ugly" shoes and have faced the fact that they're likely here to stay for a while, it's time to talk about the next big trend within the "ugly" umbrella. While this one is yet to hit the celebrity and street style sets (although we expect to see them everywhere by the time the next fashion month rolls around), the number of designers and cool retailers that are getting on board with the trend is undeniable. Curious to know what it is? Wallabees! The moccasin-style lace-up desert boots originated in the 1960s, thanks to Clarks. While typically worn by men, womenswear designers have fully embraced them for 2016. We did a little research to lead us to the conclusion that this niche style is well on its way to becoming the next big "ugly" shoe trend.

For starters, Alexander Wang showed an ankle boot version of the style on his A/W 16 runway (the Selma Boot), and it's currently nearly sold-out on the designer's website in both camel and black. Secondly, celeb-favourite designer Ulla Johnson created a pink velvet iteration for fall, which is sold-out on both her site and on Shopbop. Additionally, expertly curated e-tailer La Garçonne just added Clarks Wallabees to their footwear selection (among the Acne Studios and Marni options) and we spotted a similar pair in Zara Sydney just yesterday. And last but not least, Vogue covered the style earlier in September. That's all the convincing we need that it's time to purchase a pair of wallabees.

Keep scrolling to shop our favourite wallabees, and let us know what you think of the polarising trend in the comments at the end! 

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