10 Weird, Wild Shoes That'll Make the End of Summer So Much Better

Go ahead and get a little freaky.
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Footwear design naturally evolves with trends, innovation, and time. Where would we be if pro basketball players still laced up in Chuck Taylors at the beginning of each game, after all? But these last few years have seen that design evolution hit something of a fever pitch, with each subsequent summer marking the arrival of even more bizarre and unique shoes. We're way past the Vibram Five Fingers, folks—it's getting weird out there. It might sound a little intimidating, but remember, that's a good thing.

Because the element so many of those wild, wacky designs have in common is comfort. And comfort is king come summertime. So, if you're still sweating it out in shorts and having trouble figuring out the right way to style your casual looks with technical runners and court-ready high-tops, know that you're not alone. And know that the solution to all your warm-weather woes may well like in one of the 10 pairs of off-kilter shoes we've rounded up here to help you beat the heat with a little left-of-center style.

Some of the offerings are just a bit different. Others blaze their own trail entirely with bulbous shapes and a whole lot of foam. Which vibe you opt for is entirely up to you. But whatever you choose, it'll give your end-of-summer look a big dose of extra enthusiasm.

Foam Runner

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YEEZY
$185 AT STADIUMGOODS.COM

Kanye West and Steven Smith (basically the OG of every sneaker design you and your father have liked for decades) shocked the world with the super light and extremely comfortable Foam Runner in 2019. Its since become a bona fide hit. We recommend going a half size up.

Pollex Clog

CROCS BY SALEHE BEMBURY
$142 AT STOCKX

Crocs's partnership with Salebe Bumbury wasn't entirely expected, but it's been very fruitful, leading to the creation of the fan-favorite Pollex Clog. With top-notch breathability and four new colorways expected to release soon, it's a treat for your feet.

Clog

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NEW BALANCE
$115 AT STOCKX

New Balance continues to push out hit after hit and this clog is no exception. It has already been released overseas and is expected to make its stateside debut...at some point. If you can't wait, the mark up on the secondary market isn’t too bad right now.

Beatnik Shoes

REEBOK
$100 AT REEBOK

It’s all in the name. Originally released in 1995, this outdoor classic continues to bring the boho vibes we all deserve. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, the Beatnik is now available in an all-purpose, year-round version.

ACG Air Deschutz+

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NIKE
$80 AT NIKE

Designed for nature seekers and adapted to urban leisure, these super-comfortable toe huggers have been a staple since the '90s. Need we say more?

Hydro Moc

MERRELL
$100 AT MERRELL

If you’re going for the advanced hiker aesthetic, this is the shoe for you. Easy to get on and off and designed to endure the elements like no other, many say the Hydro Moc this is the blueprint for the boom in foam footwear across the fashion industry.

Super-Birki Polyurethane

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BIRKENSTOCK
$80 AT BIRKENSTOCK

Your favorite chef's favorite chef's go-to clogs are made by—who else?—Birkenstock. By now you've watch The Bear, right? Well what better way to channel the vibe than with these bad boys? Yes, chef!

Slip-On Sandal

GUCCI
$490 AT GUCCI

A luxe take on a classic slip on, the cut-out motif on the top adds more ventilation in an elegant way. Perfect for any situation, you can toss these on with a suit or some shorts and make a great impression either way.

Pool Crocs

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BALENCIAGA
$565 AT BALENCIAGA

Under Demna, Balenciaga continues to be a disruptor, merging aesthetics and blurring lines in fashion to the point that the once-uncool becomes entirely desirable. Case in point: this collab with Crocs.

Foam Rubber Mules

PRADA
$625 AT PRADA

If you want to splurge in style, this is it. Visually as smooth as the lines of a Ferrari Dino 246 GT, the comfort is equally on-point.

FromEsquire US

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