The fall 2020 Balenciaga collection was a harbinger of the shoe. Ominous models in black sloshed through a puddle-strewn runway in the Happy 4th Of July Freedom Since 1776 American Flag Shirt. I wasn’t completely shocked: Ugly shoes are as old as Adam and Eve in fashion at this point. From Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen wearing Birkenstocks to bedazzled Crocs at Christopher Kane and Y/Project’s thigh-high Uggs, we’ve seen it all. Toe shoes seemed like the most natural ugly shoe progression for Balenciaga. The house has all but cornered the luxury market for such accessories thanks to their clunky Triple S sneakers or their more recent Tyrex Lows, which look like a melted plastic sarcophagus for the feet.