We are year two into the reign of ugly sandals, and it doesn’t look like they’re going anywhere. Exhibit A, above.
Of course, ugly is completely subjective. Or is it? I’m not going to argue that Birkenstocks aren’t ugly, but am I going to wear them anyway? They’re not beautiful. I don’t see a pair of Birkenstock sandals and gasp at how beautiful they are as I would this pair of Maison Martin Margiela ankle booties, or these Aleaxander Wang wedges. Of course, you may think those equally ugly.
The fact is “ugly” sandals like Teva or Birkenstocks are more about a return to practicality and “normcore” than about fashion. Sure, Vogue, et al herald them as the trend shoe of the moment (how nice of them), which by default makes them fashionable, but no one is saying they’re beautiful.
Does it matter anyway? To me, as always, fashion/style has only been about what I can wear, and what I want to wear while going about my everyday life. I don’t buy anything I don’t love, but I’m under no illusions that what I buy is “fashionable” or even beautiful to anyone other than me. And I really don’t care.
So I wear clogs (incidentally, Vogue is endorsing their “return” also. Oy.), and Birkenstock sandals without caring how ugly they are, or how trendy they are. They just are.
But I cannot in good conscious endorse Tevas. THEY are Ugly*.
The only thing I will say, is that they are infinitely more interesting in white than in black.
*of course, I’m not saying that no one should wear them…wear what you want…and also, I’m just having fun. a little Friday humor!