The 12 Most Divisive Shoe Trends of 2022

Remember when Jennifer Lawrence walked around NYC in completely nonfunctional Ozzy slippers from The Row? This year has been a wild one on the footwear front. From Ugg boots and Crocs—hangover shoes from lockdown—to Margiela ballet pumps, Nike x Martine Rose mule trainers, and Loewe’s “naked” shoes, the past 12 months have delivered a constant stream of talking-point shoe trends. 

Here are the 12 most divisive shoe moments from 2022. 

Ugg boots

Uggs of every kind—from slippers to boots—were a guilty pleasure of the fashion crowd. Celebrities, too, hopped on the Ugg wagon, prompting sales to fly. 

Adut Akech in platform Ugg Mini boots

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MM6 Maison Margiela pointe ballet pumps

MM6 Maison Margiela took the ballet pump a step further at its spring-summer 2023 show, where satin slippers came with squared-off pointe toes, like those of an actual ballet shoe. 

MM6 Maison Margiela spring-summer 2023

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Ancuta Sarca fuzzy boots

Ancuta Sarca supplied the likes of Rihanna and Dua Lipa with fun-loving footwear this year—namely, her signature deadstock trainers and fuzzy booties.

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