Footwear trends 2022: Loafers, clogs, Mary Janes and more
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Of all the microtrends that end in -core that I see appearing for 2022, uglycore wins. Sorry to anyone whose vibe is all about a perfect, proper aesthetic – uglycore is darker than prim. Think massive platform soles, garish shine patent leather, buckles, horse bits, ballet flats and clogs. That’s a lot to take, I know, but the top shoe trends of 2022 are proof of that.
One way or another, every Fashion Girl on TikTok has come to convince us that the ugly is here, above all when it comes to shoes. Those sexy pointy boots you bought last January? Ditch them and get something more awkward instead. Spilled heels that look like knives but make you look like a bad bitch? Baby, throw them up and get yourself some comfy Mary Janes instead.
The Uglycore aesthetic may seem difficult to style at first, but you don’t have to be on the cutting edge of technology. Adding a little ~ spice ~ to an otherwise understated look, that’s what uglycore is! Slip into your most comfy knits and your most worn-out denim, then go wild with shoes for a finish that turns heads.
From rubber clogs to platform UGGs, I promise you the uglycore aesthetic is about to be your new favorite thing. Don’t blame me when you get obsessed! To get started, check out the top shoe trends of 2022 and our must-have selections below.
The softest of all shoe trends is back and better than ever, but these Mary Janes would suit NYFW better than a sock jump. The historically cutesy style is accentuated with a more boxy shape, wedge soles and sky-high heels. Bonus points for shiny patent leather.
Crocs really predicted the future by creating an entire brand based on rubber clogs. Somehow, sartorial fashion designers around the world have embraced the look, and pairing garish rubber clogs with chunky socks for street style is suddenly all the rage.
Honestly, I didn’t think ballerinas could make a serious comeback, but I’m correcting myself. The notoriously comfortable yet unflattering silhouette should be your new choice when styling everything from mini skirts to denim. Hey, at least that’s good news for anyone who doesn’t support platforms.
Aaa and speaking of platforms, remember the classic UGG Tasman clogs you wore in your youth? A new silhouette, called the Tazz, is essentially that same clog with a raised sole. Almost everyone on TikTok is obsessed, surprise surprise.
Here, I think the shoe best sums up the uglycore at its core. A massive platform, a patent leather sheen, a Mary Jane-inspired buckle, and a quirky overall aesthetic. And yet, it totally works. Add to cart immediately.
When looking for boots this season, ask yourself: what would I choose for the Bratz, Barbies and Polly Pockets of my youth? Then shop accordingly.
Burst of power
Shoes covered in feathers, faux fur and sheepskin are all the rage right now, so keep your fingers crossed you are not one of those people with uncontrollably sweaty feet. If so, these luxury sheepskin clogs might not be for you, but it will be hard to resist.
If the ugliest of this trend seem too intense to you, don’t worry: literally any the moccasin is acceptable this season. Go for the big, the woman, the shiny, the neutral, the shiny or the matte. Just make sure there is a fun element or loop on the top to seal the deal.
Wooden soles are everywhere right now, giving the fashionable boots and clogs a slightly ’70s, slightly Dutch appeal. Plus, the wooden soles are built to last, so these babies will stand the test of time in your wardrobe.