If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that comfort is the key. From leggings as daywear to the meteoric rise of hooded blankets, it’s clear that the outlook has shifted on the fashion front, and now it’s time to introduce accessories. Enter: the padded shoe.
Now listen to me. Admittedly, this is a bit strange, but ‘comfortable’ shoe trends are nothing new. Both Crocs and Uggs have had a notable resurgence, and Birkenstock’s Boston clogs have made the top 10 list on the Lyst Fashion Index for the past five quarters.
What were once considered “ugly” shoe trends and brands have made their way into the mainstream, with a little help from some of the world’s biggest models.
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And next in line is the padded shoe.
Think sleeping bags or padded jackets for your feet – cozy, right? No wonder supermodels Hailey Bieber and Kendall Jenner decided to give the trend a try late last year while vacationing in snowy Aspen.
Bieber rocked a black quilted bootie version of the trend while walking through the Colorado ski town on New Year’s Eve, pairing the leather-look puffer boots with an oversized wool coat with padded shoulders and micro-glasses, both from Saint Laurent.
£55 at ASOS
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Straight from the catwalk, the model’s Loewe boots are priced at £895, but several more affordable versions of the style are already available on the high street.
Not the same as a moonboot, the padded trend doesn’t discriminate between shoe styles featured in trainers and formal slip-on versions.
Bieber proved his love for the trend again just three days later, when back in Los Angeles he traded his books for a pair of cushioned Puma slip-ons.
Would you wear the cushioned shoe trend?
try the trend
Shop It: Puma Suede Mayu Mules in Black | £41.50 (was £55) at ASOS
£55 at ASOS
Shop it: Maxi Clog | £74.99 (was £120) at Ugg
£120 in uggs
Shop It: Shaka Schlaf Khaki Cushioned Trainers | £60.35 (was £129) at ASOS
£129 at ASOS
Shop It: Contrast Sole Quilted Shoe Boots | £24 (was £40) at BooHoo
£40 in Boohoo
Shop It: White Quilted Boots by Tommy Jeans | £160 at ASOS
£160 at ASOS
Shop It: Cushioned Athletic Boots | £34.99 at H&M
£34.99 at H&M