9 Ugly Shoes You'll Want To Wear All Summer

Many things in this world are ugly/cute: bulldogs, the kind of granny panties favored by photographers like Petra Collins. It's an undoubtedly polarizing aesthetic — the kind of trend that sparks revulsion and obsession in equal measure. In other words, it's not for everyone. But the recent magnetism of Jesse Kamm sailor pants proves the cult of ugly/cute is alive and well.

Shoes have long been the vanguards of this aesthetic, as evidenced by the rise (and fall) of the Great Croc Empire of 2006. There are lots of reasons to wear "ugly" footwear, from a simple need for arch support to a deep-seeded desire to brand oneself as a member of the Fashion Elite — or at least a wannabe Berlin club kid. Either way, the options ahead are a surefire way to stand out in a sea of summer gingham and white, ruffled off-the-shoulder tops.

It’s about the little things, like the fact that these slides provide enough coverage to keep your feet from turning black after a long day of taking public transit. Note: This claim hasn’t been tested, but a girl can dream.

Suicoke Sk Kaw Olive, $200, available at Soto.
An open-toed shoe, supplemented with enough lavender knit to keep your toes cozy no matter how high your officemates crank the AC.

Camper Eckhaus Latta $233, available at Camper.
Channel your favorite quirky high school art teacher with these rock-studded Crocs. No word on whether these crystals are of the chakra-realigning persuasion, but no one in your yoga class has to know that.

Christopher Kane Embellished Printed Crocs, $262, available at MyTheresa.
Give gorpcore a spin — and get a tan line so crazy your feet will be able to double as a magic eye poster. I know what you’re thinking: Aren’t these just a fashun version of those obnoxious toe shoes runners wear? Yes, they are. Embrace it.

Keen Uneek Sandals, $99.95, available at Herrington.
Miu Miu officially has the bedazzled Muppet footwear market cornered. But don't worry, Grover — the fur is faux.

Miu Miu Embellished Faux-fur Slides, $750, available at MyTheresa.
Adidas is keeping the Health Goth dream alive, one pair of chunky slides at a time.

Adidas Adilette Sandal Core, $51.50, available at VooBerlin.
The O.G. ugly shoe may have been designed for hiking, but the platform version is ideal for stomping bugs mid-hike or getting a better view at a music festival. #Versatility.

Teva Universal Crafted Flatform Sandal, $69.99, available at Urban Outfitters.
A technicolor alternative to owning a Puli!

All Things Mochi The Skura Espradrille, $355, available at Revolve.
Tired of deciding whether to wear Stan Smiths or slides? Escape the morning footwear debate with a tennis shoe that's also a sandal — and probably a Transformer, too.

Reebok Instapump Fury Sandal Mag, $124.99, available at Reebok.