ModCloth is currently selling $89 flats that look like pencils.
  • The "ugly shoe" trend has been popular since 2018.
  • Now, major retailers like Fashion Nova, Nordstrom and ModCloth are selling wild footwear online.
  • Not only can you purchase heels that look like pianos, but you can also find sneakers with built-in socks.
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Wild shoe designs have been rising in popularity amongst celebrities in recent years. Miley Cyrus, for example, wore heels shaped like her initials to the 2019 Grammy Awards, while Cardi B donned sneakers that created an optical illusion months earlier.

But, as is the case with most fashion trends, there's much debate over whether or not these "ugly" shoes are stylish - some called for the trend to end in 2018, while others were in search of standout kicks ahead of Coachella in April 2019.

Still, the trend lives on today, with many major retailers making and selling unconventional shoe designs. Below, check out some of the most eye-catching shoes you can currently find online.


These flats from Jeffrey Campbell might bring back memories of school.

Though these shoes are perfect for back-to-school season, they can really be worn any time of the year.


Your socks will always match your shoes when wearing these Maison Margiela sneakers.

While these sneakers do have built-in socks, they don't come with any laces or tongues.


Designer Betsey Johnson created floral heels that are truly unique.

Unlike traditional sandals with floral prints, these shoes include plastic flowers inside each heel.


To complete an edgy look, you can purchase goth-style Crocs on Etsy.

The black clogs are adorned with studs, spikes, and chains across each shoe. You can also choose to attach an additional spike on the side of each clog for no extra cost.


Fashion Nova is selling a pair of heels that might remind you of summer camp.

The five-inch heels feature white soles, clear straps, and pink string, which looks a lot like the material often used to make friendship bracelets at summer camp.


To combine two shoe styles into one, try thigh-high sneakers.

This designer pair has built-in socks that extend past the knee to create a look that's reminiscent of both sneakers and boots. Each shoe also comes with a crystal buckle.


You can feel like you're walking on a cloud in Ugg's slide-on sandals.

The shoes are said to combine "a slipper and sandal into one statement shoe," according to the brand's website. Each pair is made from sheepskin, and can be purchased in six colors.


Just in time for summer, Gucci has created bejeweled hiking sandals.

The shoes were designed to look mostly like standard hiking sandals, but with the name "Gucci" emblazoned on the front strap.

However, this specific pair really stands out as a result of the detachable brooch it comes with, which is made from crystals.


You won't need to wear socks with these shoes from Fashion Nova.

It's not uncommon to wear tights underneath boots or heels. This pair of neon-green pumps, however, takes the trend to another level by placing fishnet tights over the shoes.


It might take some time to get used to walking in these Dolce & Gabbana sneakers.

Not only are these shoes covered in crystals, but the sole of each sneaker is attached to pieces of square and triangle-shaped foam.


Dolce & Gabbana also designed sneakers that look as though they've been melted.

The black and white sneakers feature a heart design and red jewels attached to the heel, both of which are covered in glaze to create an illusion that the footwear is melting.


This pair of butterfly-inspired boots looks whimsical.

The sparkling purple boots include transparent wings attached to each lace, creating the effect of a butterfly.


You're sure to stand out in these Jimmy Choo heels.

These four-inch heels are mismatched - one shoe features a bow on the back of its heel, while the other has a bow its strap.


You can turn any event into a party with these disco-ball-inspired shoes.

At first glance, these heels standout as a result of the tiny mirrors that cover them. But when taking a closer look, you can see that a miniature disco ball is also included in the heel of each shoe.


These Stella McCartney sneakers take the idea of platform shoes to a whole new level.

Not only do these star-studded dress shoes feature a chunky sole, but they also include an extra layer of foam to create a three-inch heel. You can purchase them in black or silver.


Katy Perry designed a wild pair of fruit-inspired sandals.

Jelly shoes are reportedly coming back into style, and Katy Perry seems to have jumped on the trend with these lime-inspired shoes.

But what makes her design unlike any other is the fact that there's no strap connecting the lime charm to the rest of the shoe. The sandals are also said to smell like citrus, according to reviews on Forever 21's website.


Katy Perry also helped to create a pair of sneakers that looks like a cheeseburger.

The shoes appear to be another version of the bedazzled burger sneakers Perry wore to the Met Gala in May 2019.


Music fans will love these piano-inspired heels created by Saint Laurent.

While these heels may not be as wild as some other shoes on the market, they're still anything but conventional.


These boots aren't like other Western-style shoes out there.

The white shoes feature a ripped piece of denim at the ankle, making it appear as though you're wearing jeans.


If you prefer the look of worn sneakers, Maison Margiela has a pair for you.

The brand is currently selling a pair of black, white, and pink sneakers that appear to be covered in clear glue. The sneakers also look scuffed in the back, and feature a square of duct tape behind the heel.


These sneakers from LOEWE are unlike any other pair on the market.

Each shoe curls in the front, giving the sneakers an "elf-like" feel, according to the product's description online.

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