There are plenty of bizarre footwear trends out there, including but certainly not limited to fish flops, octopus shoes and, hell, even Crocs are almost universally agreed to be some of the ugliest shoes on the planet and have always been inexplicably popular.
But now, a new pair of "ugly shoes" have arrived on the fashion scene. Have you ever heard of 'big toe' shoes? They're sort of like an overboard spin on peep-toe shoes, only this time, just one of your toes - the big toe - peeps out.
The phrase 'big toe shoes' was coined by Refinery29, and the footwear just keeps popping up in fashion publications and runways. In fact, the big toe shoes made an appearance in the Y/Project Spring/Summer 2018 fashion show in the form of brown and black leather pumps. They also made an appearance at the brand's 2018 Paris Fashion Week show.
The origins of the unusual footwear can be traced back to the closed-toe Margiela Tabi boot, which first came out in the late '80s. The boots were inspired by Japanese tabi socks, which were typically worn with sandals and sort of resembled the hoof of a deer.