Five Spring 2017 Shoe Trends That Turned ‘Ugly’ Styles Into Chic Shoes

Dries Van Noten spring '17 collection
Dries Van Noten spring '17 collection.
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Designers love to shock and awe. And for spring ’17, that attitude definitely marched on, with labels showcasing surprising footwear collections that aimed to turn the “ugly” into something, well, chic.

For five shocking runway shoe trends, read on:

Crocs
Wait — Crocs on the runway? Yes, Crocs. For spring ’17, Christopher Kane collaborated with Crocs on a series of runway shoes, which saw the designer embellish the rubber styles with crystals.

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Christopher Kane Crocs Shoes Spring 2017 Christopher Kane x Crocs. FN staff
London Fashion Week Collaborations Christopher Kane x Crocs collaboration at London Fashion Week. Rex Shutterstock.

Flip-Flops
Do not — we repeat — do not wear these to the beach. Luxury brands gave the flip-flop sandal a high-end spin for spring ’17, adding details such as beading or metal chains. We saw it on the runway at Dries Van Noten, Alexander Wang and Lanvin.

Dries Van Noten Spring 2017 Ready to Wear Collection Dries Van Noten spring ’17 collection. Delphine Achard/Fairchild.
Lanvin Spring 2017 Lanvin spring ’17 collection. REX Shutterstock.
Alexander Wang Spring 2017 Collection Alexander Wang spring ’17 collection. Giovanni Giannoni/Fairchild.

Plastic Shoes
Get ready to sweat. Plastic boots — either ankle or thigh-high silhouettes — are trending, thanks to Kanye West’s Yeezy collections, which does the style virtually every season. (More on his Yeezy Season Four collection here.) Last year, Loewe showed clear-heeled sandals with plastic pants.

Yeezy Season 4 Clear Boots Yeezy Season 4 clear boots. FN Staff.
Yeezy Season 3 Boots Yeezy Season 3 PVC ankle boot. Courtesy Photo.
Loewe Spring 2016 Paris Fashion Week Loewe spring ’16 runway collection. REX Shutterstock.

Feathers and Fur
At least they’re cozy. While Gucci ignited the craze with its fur-lined loafers, other luxury brands such as Prada have followed up with their own take. For spring ’17, Prada debuted marabou-feathered sandals.

Prada Spring 2017 Prada’s spring ’17 collection at Milan Fashion Week. REX Shutterstock.
Prada Spring 2017 Prada’s spring ’17 collection at Milan Fashion Week. REX Shutterstock.

Mega Platforms
Good balance is required. Stacked platforms were a major trend for spring ’17. For his raver-inspired collection, Marc Jacobs debuted an entire collection of sky-high platforms. We also saw platform wedges at Miu Miu, Gucci and Rochas.

Marc Jacobs Spring 2017 Show Platforms Marc Jacobs spring ’17 platforms. Rodin Banica/Fairchild.
Gucci Resort 2017 Gucci’s resort ’17 collection. Giovanni Giannoni.
Miu Miu Spring 2017 Collection Miu Miu spring ’17 collection. REX Shutterstock.
Rochas spring '17 collection Rochas spring ’17 collection. REX Shutterstock.

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