How to wear ugly sneakers like a celeb

Take style inspiration from these celebs who make the bulky shoe look cool

How to wear ugly sneakers like a celeb
How to wear ugly sneakers like a celeb
03 Sep 2018

How to wear ugly sneakers like a celeb

Love it or hate it, ugly is the new cool when it comes to fashion (remember the fanny pack?) and the latest “hideous” trend that is gaining momentum among the fashion crowd in Singapore is the “dad” sneaker. If you too are toying with the thought of jumping on the bandwagon, here’s inspiration from local celebs on how to wear ugly shoes without looking like your father.

Tong Bingyu
Tong Bingyu
03 Sep 2018

Tong Bingyu

The Balenciaga Triple S is the mother of all ugly sneakers. Featuring bright colour-blocking and three layers of soles for a bulkier effect, it is flashy, striking and unapologetically ugly. Wear it loud and proud by colour coordinating like Bingyu or styling with a frilly dress for a cool twist.

Photo: Instagram/@tongbingyu

Ong Ai Leng
Ong Ai Leng
03 Sep 2018

Ong Ai Leng

If you are not ready to embrace the trend completely, start with a white or nude sneaker like these Yeezys. Featuring a pared down design and Yeezy’s signature neutral tones, it is every minimalist’s dream.

Photo: Instagram/@aaaaaileng

Julie Tan
Julie Tan
03 Sep 2018

Julie Tan

Another way to soften the “ugliness” is to pick a dark shade or go monochrome like Julie.

Photo: Instagram/@julietan_cxq

Desmond Tan
Desmond Tan
03 Sep 2018

Desmond Tan

The suit-and-sneakers combo has become one of fashion’s power pairings so why not the “dad” shoe? Desmond’s Prada Cloudbust resembles more of orthopedic shoes thanks to its oh-so-ugly Velcro straps, but you can’t deny that its slimmer silhouette and futuristic design make this a handsome match with his spiffy suit.

Photo: Instagram/@thedesmondtan

Rebecca Lim
Rebecca Lim
03 Sep 2018

Rebecca Lim

Becks effortlessly pulls off the comfy-chic look with a normcore ensemble accented by her Louis Vuitton Archlight sneakers. We like how she paired them with ankle baring jeans to better show off the shoe’s statement sole.

Photo: Instagram/@limrebecca

Bonnie Loo
Bonnie Loo
03 Sep 2018

Bonnie Loo

For a more feminine take on the trend, throw on your pastel sneaks, girly dress and you’re set!

Photo: Instagram/@bonnieloo94

James Seah
James Seah
03 Sep 2018

James Seah

Who says you can’t look elegant in dad shoes? James’ luxe-looking patent sneaks from Orsqr are so understated and sleek they are almost not ugly.

Photo: Instagram/@jamesseah

Tay Kewei
Tay Kewei
03 Sep 2018

Tay Kewei

Once you have a grasp of how the ugly sneaker works for you, embrace the full athleisure look by pairing it with sports socks and track pants.

Photo: Instagram/@keweitay

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