19 wild shoe designs that you have to see to believe

ModClothModCloth is currently selling $US89 flats that look like pencils.

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 19 of the most eye-catching shoes you can currently find online.


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

ModClothDesigner brand Jeffrey Campbell is known for its quirky designs.

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

Cost: $US89.99

Find out more about the Jeffrey Campbell Pencil Me In Leather Flats here.


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

Bergdorf GoodmanThe Mason Margiela brand created these sneakers without laces or tongues.

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

Cost: $US431

Find out more about the Maison Margiela Men’s Replica Sock High-Top Sneakers here.


Designer Betsey Johnson created floral heels that are truly unique.

DillardsWhile wearing them, you’re sure to stand out from the crowd.

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

Cost: $US79

Find out more about the Betsey Johnson Beauty in Bloom Block Heels here.


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

HeavyCreamStore/EtsyFor no extra cost, you can add an additional spike to the side of each shoe.

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.

Cost: $US150

Find out more about the HeavyCreamStore Goth Crocs here.


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

Fashion NovaThe same string is often used to make friendship bracelets.

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.

Cost: $US34.99

Find out more about Fashion Nova’s Hope Heeled Sandals here.


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

Neiman MarcusSneakers don’t usually extend past the ankle.

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.

Cost: $US1,750

Find out more about Roger Vivier’s Viv Run Over-the-Knee Sock Sneakers here.


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

UggThe neon-blue style is one of the most eye-catching options on Ugg’s website.

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 colours.

Cost: $US100

Find out more about the Ugg Fluff Yeah Slides here.


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

NordstromYou can remove the crystal brooch, or wear it while hiking.

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.

Cost: $US1,250

Find out more about Gucci’s Tinsel Sport Sandals here.


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

Fashion NovaFishnet tights cover these shoes almost entirely.

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.

Cost: $US29.99

Find out more about Fashion Nova’s Clever Thing Pumps here.


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

Bergdorf GoodmanExtra foam is included on each sole to create a unique look.

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

Cost: $US1,295

Find out more about the Dolce & Gabbana Crystal Logo Slip-On Trainer Sneakers here.


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

Neiman MarcusThe shoes are almost like an optical illusion.

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.

Cost: $US1,195

Find out more about Dolce & Gabbana’s Portofino Heart Melt Jeweled Sneakers here.


This pair of butterfly-inspired boots looks whimsical.

DollskillThese shoes are unlike any other boots out there.

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

Cost: $US115

Find out more about the Dolls Kill Fairy Flossin’ Glitter Boots here.


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

NordstromThese standard heels standout as a result of their mismatched bows.

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.

Cost: $US975

Find out more about the Jimmy Choo Aveline Bow Ankle Strap Sandal here.


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

Neiman MarcusThere’s no shortage of shine in these heels.

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.

Cost: $US1,012

Find out more about the Balmain Jeni Disco-Ball Platform Sandals here.


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

NordstromThere are two colour options to choose from when purchasing these shoes.

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.

Cost: $US900

Find out more about Stella McCartney’s Elyse Platform Derby shoes here.


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

Forever 21These sandals are said to smell like citrus.

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.

Cost: $US48

Find out more about the Katy Perry Fruit Sandals here.


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

Katy Perry CollectionsKaty Perry has previously worn similar sneakers.

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

Cost: $US129

Find out more about the Katy Perry Collections The Munchie sneakers here.


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

Bergdorf GoodmanThe band of these shoes was designed to resemble a piano.

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

Cost: $US995

Find out more about the Saint Laurent Abbey Piano Ankle Sandals here.


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

NordstromThese boots create the illusion that you’re wearing jeans.

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

Cost: $US850

Find out more about the Golden Goose Western Young Boot here.

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