The ugly sneakers complex is a thing, and weâ€™ve ALL got it. Why are we so drawn to the fugliest shoes we could find? Not just that, we pay money for them and actually flex them with NO SHAME. And, in light of one of the ugliest releases in sneaker history coming up (check here) we gotta address this!
Ugly sneakers just hit differently apparently. The complex, the unusual, and the downright ugly are the qualities that make a sneaker more coveted. Hereâ€™s a list of the top 5 ugly sneakers that you probably OWN.
DISCLAIMER: While we consider these kicks to be more on the ugly sneaker spectrum, you may not. And, if so, thatâ€™s completely cool! These are just based on opinions weâ€™ve seen a lot of people express in the past!
THE UGLY SNEAKERS OF THE INDUSTRY
Ugly sneakers come in different shapes, sizes, and colors. But, they have one thing in common: they all have an annoying factor. Thereâ€™s just something about these kicks that push our buttons! Theyâ€™re kinda triggering. So, hereâ€™s a TW!
TW: THESE SNEAKERS MIGHT GIVE YOU PTSD!
#1 Nike Vaporwaffle Sacai
Release Date: November 13th, 2020
Retail Price: $180
Average Resale Price: $573
Total Ugly Sneakers Sold: 9238 pairs sold
So, the Nike x Sacai Vaporwaffle falls into the category of ugly sneakers for the sole purpose of its SOLES! Why, in heavenâ€™s name, would anyone want a sneaker with two soles? Not just that, it literally looks like it is GLUED on! Weâ€™re not saying that the colorway is particularly atrocious. But, come on!
#2 Adidas ZX 8000 Sean Wotherspoon SuperEarth
Release Date: April 16th, 2021
Retail Price: $140
Average Resale Price: $171
Total Ugly Sneakers Sold: 3860 pairs sold
Next, weâ€™re adding a little bit of controversy to the mix. We are NOT against sustainable sneakers and ethical fashion. In fact, weâ€™re ALL for it. But, this Adidas ZX 8000 Sean Wotherspoon collaboration is just not it. The aging flowers on the side dangling down to the ground just do not sit right with us!
#3 Nike Air Max 270 React Travis Scott
Release Date: May 29th, 2020
Retail Price: $170
Average Resale Price: $476
Total Ugly Sneakers Sold: 2982 pairs sold
We absolutely love our man Travis! We love his kicks! Especially the latest, most epic sneaker threesome with Jordan x Travis Scott x Fragment Design. However, as for the Nike x Travis Scott, Air Max 270 Reactâ€¦ weâ€™re not so sure. But, it definitely did boost the ugly dad shoes trend in 2020!
#4 Adidas Yeezy Desert Boot Taupe Blue
Release Date: March 29th, 2021
Retail Price: $200
Average Resale Price: $313
Total Ugly Sneakers Sold: 2882 pairs sold
It personally stings to drag our Ye into this list. But, then again, he IS the king of controversy. AND, the GOAT of ugly sneakers. He is notoriously known for creating weird, out-of-this-world sneakers. Yet, this Desert Boot in Taupe Blue is justâ€¦ too much.
#5 Nike Waffle Racer Off-White
Release Date: December 12th, 2019
Retail Price: $150
Average Resale Price: $178
Total Ugly Sneakers Sold: 2848 pairs sold
Finally, weâ€™ve got the Nike x Off-White Waffle Racer. Now, Virgil Abloh is definitely a creative genius. But, slapping the Off-White name on this sneaker was not enough to make it any more appealing.Â
But, on the bright side, the resale value is still pretty acceptable. So, that means you can cop some ugly sneakers but youâ€™ll still be relatable!
Ugliness Moving Forward
That basically wraps it up for the ugly sneakers of all time in the sneaker industry. But, it doesnâ€™t stop there. Actually, we think that as long as Ye is in the industry, controversy wonâ€™t ever stop.
This is extremely evident especially in his upcoming Yeezy â€śbootâ€ť the YEEZY NSLTD BT. Is it a boot? Is it a Foam Runner hybrid? WHO KNOWS! But, itâ€™s definitely not pretty! Will the ugly sneaker syndrome catch up with it too and make it super hyped? Weâ€™ll have to wait and see!Â
In the meantime, make sure you cop one of his less-ugly sneakers coming up – the Yeezy Foam Runner Vermilion! Read here for release information and where to buy!