Christopher Kane is no stranger to the ugly shoe trend. In fact, it was his several collaborations with Crocs that helped usher the movement along in past seasons.

But now, the British designer is venturing into new ugly shoe territory: bedazzled orthopedic shoes. At his Fall 2018 show during London Fashion Week, Kane unveiled his latest bout of ugly shoes: black chunky sneakers set on spiral boosters. The shoes, of course, are also bejewelled with colourful crystal embellishments.

If the sneakers look vaguely similar to your grandparents’ orthopedic shoes, it’s no coincidence. For the collection, Kane collaborated with an actual orthopedic footwear brand, Z-Coil, on the comfort shoes.


Christopher Kane fall 2018 Image by: Imaxtree


While it’s unclear if this is a footwear trend that will actually take, I can assure you my grandma (and plenty of other older women at that) will at least be pleased about someone trying to make orthopedic shoes chic.

Of course, this is hardly Kane’s introduction into the world of questionable shoe trends. Last season, the designer brought crystalized high-top Crocs to the runway at London Fashion Week. For Fall 2017, he tried fur-lined Crocs and the season before that, geode-encrusted Crocs.



Crocs from Christopher Kane’s fall 2017 collection Image by: Imaxtree

The trend then spread, with Balenciaga delivering its own take on Crocs with a sky-high platform version last season as part of its Spring 2018 collection.



Balenciaga spring 2018 Image by: Imaxtree

From Crocs to actual orthopedic shoes, it’s unclear how many people are really embracing this level of the ugly shoe trend (outside of the street style scene). But for Christopher Kane, it seems to be an aesthetic that’s working.

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