If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that comfort is key. From leggings as daywear to the meteoric rise of hooded blankets, it’s clear that the outlook on the fashion front has changed, and now it’s the turn of accessories. Enter: a padded shoe.
Now listen to me. Admittedly, it’s a little quirky, but “comfortable” shoe trends are nothing new. Both Crocs and Uggs have seen a noticeable resurgence, with the Birkenstock Boston clogs making the top 10 list on the Lyst Fashion Index for the last five quarters.
What were once considered “ugly” trends and shoe brands have gone mainstream, with a little help from some of the world’s top models.
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And next in line is a padded shoe.
Think sleeping bags or down jackets for your feet – cozy, right? No wonder supermodels Hailey Bieber and Kendall Jenner decided to try out the trend late last year while on vacation in snowy Aspen.
Bieber wore a black cushioned version of the trend as he strolled through a Colorado ski town on New Year’s Eve, styling puffy leather boots with an oversized wool coat with padded shoulders and micro-tones, both by Saint Laurent.
55 pounds at ASOS
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Straight from the runway, the models’ Loewe shoes cost £895, but several cheaper versions of the style are now available on high streets.
Not quite the same as moon shoes, but the padded trend makes no distinction between shoe styles appearing on sneakers and formal slip-on versions.
Bieber demonstrated her love for the trend again just three days later when she traded her books for a pair of Puma padded slippers in Los Angeles.
Would you wear the padded shoes trend?
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Shop This: Puma Suede Mayu Slippers Black | £41.50 (was £55) at ASOS
55 pounds at ASOS
Shop: Maxi Clog | £74.99 (was £120) at Ugg
120 pounds in Ugg
Shop: Shaka schlaf khaki padded slippers | £60.35 (was £129) at ASOS
129 pounds at ASOS
Shop It: Contrast Sole Shoe Boots | £24 (was £40) at BooHoo
40 pounds at Boohoo
Shop this Tommy Jeans White | Padded Boots £160 at ASOS
£160 at ASOS
Shop: Padded Trainers | £34.99 at H&M
£34.99 at H&M