I recently came across this post on Instagram of faux painted toe nail slip-ons. Like most people would, I chuckled slightly rolling my eyes and continued scrolling, never ever expecting that these shoes would make it past this meme and hit the trend list.

Well, I was very wrong. Unfortunately. 

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Most of us can agree that we were blindsided by Christopher Kane’s high fashion croc revival and Balenciaga’s recent modification of the dreaded chef shoes. Personally, I’m still battling with mixed feelings about dad sneakers, but one thing I am slowly learning to accept is that the future of fashion footwear is ugly. Read ugly. 

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A recent article on Vogue Runway, read that Jonathan Anderson, the creative director of Loewe’s took to Instagram to debut the toe shoes in the image below for its 2019 men’s resort collection.

Um, ja. 

Meanwhile, other fashion fundis have gone as far as predicting that the running shoes with individual toe cases will be a hit for Balenciaga in 2018. Once a high end fashion house declares these shoes as ‘cool’, it’ll only be a matter of time before the scrutiny wears off and the masses follow. 

Back in 2011, despite harsh criticism, my sister bought the barefoot running shoes similar to the Vibram Five Fingers. I remember her bragging about how comfortable her toe shoes were and how I, her harshest critic, was missing out.

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Fast forward seven years and my sister’s beloved shoes have the potential of becoming a fashion sensation!

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