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The Ugly Sneaker Trend Is Here. But Will It Last?

Find out in Esquire's video series, 'Re-Fashioned.'
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Welcome to Re-Fashioned, Esquire’s YouTube series that highlights the trends in fashion that are blazing the comeback trail and how you can be the first to rock them in your everyday life.


They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If that’s true, the ugly sneaker trend is catching the eyes of many beholders. With the launch of the Ozweego by Raf Simons for Adidas back in 2013, the sneaker game saw its first departure in a long while from the low-profile, Common Projects-style sneakers that had become the uniform of stylish every guy on the planet. From high-end iterations like the Balenciaga Triple S to fast-fashion versions from brands like Zara, the ugly sneaker is taking its place in alongside those trusty wingtips in some of your closets.

But will this trend last? We’re not sure. For some, the ugly sneaker is an art piece. For others, it's the anti-mainstream shoe. But since 2017 is the year of "anything goes!" in men’s fashion, we giving the ugly shoe trend the old college try. Check out the video to see how to wear it, and shop the gallery below for your own pair.

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1| Fusion 2.0 by Karhu, needsupply.com

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2| Gel Kayano by Asics, asics.com

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3| 990V4 by New Balance, newbalance.com

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4| Ozweego III by Adidas by Raf Simons, farfetch.com

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5| Track Runner Sneaker by Common Projects, mrporter.com

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6| Sofiane Suede Sneakers by Acne Studios, mrporter.com

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7| Mono Runner Sneakers by Our Legacy, mrporter.com

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8| Speed Knit Sneakers by Balenciaga, barneys.com

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9| Linea Rossa Sneaker by Prada, mrporter.com

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10| Ace GG Leather Trainers by Gucci, matchesfashion.com

This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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