So-called “ugly” shoe styles — such as dad sneakers and sporty sandals — have enjoyed popularity among the fashion set over the past couple of years. Over the summer, another divisive silhouette emerged as a major trend: the big-toe sandal.
Also known as the toe-ring or toe-loop sandal, the style creates separation between the big toe and the other piggies. Apart from that distinction, the silhouette runs the gamut, with both ultracasual and glamorous variations.
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For instance, Bella Hadid attended the Dior men’s show in Miami this December wearing square-toe, big-toe sandals from Neous. The supermodel teamed her ’90s-inspired shoes ($560 from Net-a-Porter.com) with a floral set from the Dior Men collection.
Katie Holmes has also put a ’90s twist on the big-toe sandal. The “Dawson’s Creek” alum was spotted out and about in New York this August and September wearing a toe-flaunting Christian Louboutin take on the mom mule. Net-a-Porter has her distinct shoes in stock for just under $700.
Meanwhile, Gabrielle Union put a more dressed-up take on the big-toe trend in PVC-strapped, crystal-accented Alexander Wang Kaia sandals at an August “America’s Got Talent” taping in Los Angeles. The Alexander Wang heels are available at Nordstrom.com for $850.
While big-toe shoes really took off among the celebrity set this summer, Rihanna was an unsurprising early adopter of the trend. The singer wore toe-ring sandals from FN’s 2019 Designer of the Year — and her new collaborator — Amina Muaddi. Called the Naima, the strappy shoes feature Muaddi’s signature martini glass-inspired heel, with a square toe. The shoes are available to pre-order at Bergdorfgoodman.com, selling for $695.
Click through the gallery to see more stars wearing the big-toe shoe trend.
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