One Designer Is Trying to Make Orthopedic Shoes Trendy—Would You Wear These?
Whoever said high-fashion can't be comfy clearly hasn't seen Christopher Kane's latest collection.
As the designer who once decked out Crocs with charms and fur linings, it perhaps comes as no surprise that Scottish fashion designer Christopher Kane is once again pushing the boundary between comfortable footwear and high fashion. At his fall 2018 runway show during London Fashion Week, the designer debuted what appears to be a pair of black orthopedic sneakers (yes, seriously), adorned with sparkly, colorful rhinestones. Although the pair in question is likely a tad too funky to rock in public (see the photo evidence, below), here's hoping that this may spark a trend toward footwear that's equal parts comfy and chic.
The Shoes Make Their Debut
To create the avant-garde footwear, the designer collaborated with an actual orthopedic shoe brand, called Z-Coil, according to Vogue. In the close-up image, you can spot the company's signature spiral booster, which takes the shoe to new heights, plus relieves pain. While ugly shoes have been a trend in the fashion industry for a while now, we have to admit that we appreciate high fashion's new focus on max comfort.
The Complete Look
When a model rocked these standout shoes at the runway show, the surprise hiding at the back of the shoe wasn't immediately visible. But upon closer inspection, you'll notice the spiral booster, cushioned sole, and Velcro straps.
Last Year's Inspiration
This isn't the first time the designer has pushed the limits of comfort-conscious footwear. If you can't afford to shell out for the Z-Coil collaboration shoes above, take a tip from Christopher Kane's fall 2017 show, and just let your yellow kitchen sponges stand in for insoles, as shown in this sponge-lined slingback. Blisters, be gone!
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