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13 Ugly Sneakers That Will Convince Your Friends You Know Fashion

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Balenciaga launched its wildly popular, aggressively clunky Triple S shoes last September. One year later, ugly sneakers are still going strong. Whether you’ve been a fan since the beginning or you’re finally coming to terms with the trend, if you want to buy a pair of super-bulky trainers this fall, it’s never been easier.

For $100, you can find a pair of Nikes or Adidas that have a dad-like effect without tipping over into full fashion-victim territory. Or, if you want to get showy — because half the fun of this trend is going to extremes — you can try something like Gucci’s straight-from-the-runway Flashtreks or Prada’s slick, futuristic Cloudbursts.

A few notes for the beginners: Don’t overthink these sneakers. They make a strong statement, so the best way to wear them is with basics like jeans and a good sweater. (Then again, they’re a great foil to a girly floral dress.) If you want extra credit, try adding some status socks in the mix.

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The ’90s Throwback

Fila Disruptor II Sneaker

You can tell Fila’s comeback is officially fashion-world-approved because the brand just collaborated with Fendi. Sneakers from that particular collection are really expensive, but this pair is well under $100 and has all of the sturdy, cushy appeal you’d want in an ugly shoe.

The One to Buy If You’re Curious About the Trend

Nike M2K Tekno leather and neoprene sneakers

It’s chunky but not excessively so, plus it comes in a very nice pink shade.

The Colorful Designer Lookalike

Adidas Falcon Sneaker

So you like the look of the Balenciaga Triple S but don’t want to spend $900? These are like a beginner version.

The One That’ll Give You a Boost

Eytys Jet Turbo leather and mesh platform sneakers

With a two-inch platform, these will give you extra height without sacrificing comfort.

The Ones to Buy If You Don’t Like Color

Calvin Klein 205W39NYC Caramene metallic shell and rubber sneakers

These are eye-catching and Instagram-friendly, but if you’re a dyed-in-the-wool New Yorker who distrusts color, you can still wear them with your all-black wardrobe.

The Ones Your Dad Might Wear

Reebok White Daytona Sneakers

Could this be something your dad wears while running to the grocery store? Probably, and if that excites you, get them.

The Ones to Get If You Like Scandinavian Style

Acne Studios Manhattan leather, suede and mesh sneakers

In the world of influencers, Scandinavia is having a real moment. These look like the sort of thing you’d see on a cool girl from Copenhagen.

The Yeezy Alternatives

PUMA Thunder Desert Sneakers

All of the washed-out hues but none of the controversy.

The Runway Dupe

Jeffrey Campbell WiFi Sneaker

With their high arch, the shape of these look a lot like the Louis Vuitton Archlights, which remain very popular.

The Ones That’ll Keep People Guessing

Kendall + Kylie Dad Sneaker

Given the minimal branding, someone would have to look very closely to see that these are by Kendall + Kylie.

The Pair That Looks Like It’s From the Future

Prada Cloudburst Sneakers

With a sleeker sole, this Prada pair is trendy but less ubiquitous than other designer ugly sneakers.

The Ones That Started the Trend

Balenciaga Triple S logo-embroidered leather, nubuck and mesh sneakers

People camp out for these guys, and they sell out fast. They’re true clout sneakers — if you can get your hands on a pair.

The New Clout Sneakers

Gucci Flashtrek Sneaker

Believe it or not, what you’re looking at is the toned-down version. On the runway, Gucci showed these bedecked with bejeweled, criss-crossing chains.

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