Photo by Jonah Rosenberg


12 “Ugly-Cute” Shoes To Rock This Summer

Styles so weird, we can’t help but love them

We’re all about things that are “ugly-cute.” You know—pugs, baby hippos, etc. Things that are just so odd that they’re actually really adorable.

Well, the same goes for our shoes. Turning to some of the best-dressed ladies we snapped over festival season for inspiration, we could help but notice some of the best “ugly-cute” shoe trends of the season.

Click through the gallery below to see some of our favorites. And don’t worry, we included a list of similar styles that you can shop right now.

Photo by Jonah Rosenberg

Flatform High-tops

Now don’t get us wrong—flatform sneakers are great, but sometimes they make us look like we have clown feet. Still, we love them so.

Photo courtesy of Forever 21

Forever 21, Platform High-Tops, $34.90, available at Forever 21.

Photo courtesy of NYLONshop

YRU, Pink Elevation Sky, $105, available at NYLONshop.

Photo courtesy of Vans

Vans, Sk8 Hi Platform Skate Shoe, $69.99, available at Vans.

Photo by Nina Westervelt

Jelly Sandals

We loved them when we were five, and we still love them now. While the silhouette and material (usually pretty clear) may not be the most flattering in terms of the condition of our summer feet, they’re still pretty damn adorable, especially in glittery, pastel shades.   

Photo courtesy of ASOS

ASOS, For You Jelly Gladiator Sandals, $19.50, available at ASOS.

Photo courtesy of Juju

Juju, Cotton Candy Kyra Sandals, $62, available at Juju.

Photo courtesy of ModCloth

ModCloth, Saved By The Jelly Sandal in Chartreuse, $11.99, available at ModCloth.

Photo by Jonah Rosenberg

Moccasin Boots

These boots tend to be pretty floppy and lacking in shape and support, but we love the boho vibe of a fringed and studded pair, especially when in a really unexpected color.    

Photo courtesy of Manitobah

Manitobah, Harvester Suede Unlined Moccasin, $99.99, available at Manitobah.

Photo courtesy of Minnetonka

Minnetonka, Double Frige Side Zip Boot, $62.95, available at Minnetonka.   

Photo courtesy of Topshop

Topshop, Africa Moccasin Boots, $100, available at Topshop.   

Photo by Jonah Rosenberg

Slip-On Sneakers

While slip-on sneakers have been a thing (with a ton of flattering versions available), we love how the style is a super-cute mix of “workout sneaker” and “dad shoe.”

Photo courtesy of Aldo

Aldo, Trenia, $70, available at Aldo.

Photo courtesy of Opening Ceremony

Reebok X The Jungle Book, Jungle Book Shere Khan Instapump Fury Sneakers, $200, available at Opening Ceremony.

Photo courtesy of Tory Burch

Tory Burch, Rosas Embellished Sawtooth Slip-On Sneaker, $295, available at Tory Burch.