Italian brand launches quirky range of four-toed boots - plus, other strange shoes you'll love

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Metallic-tone Tabi split-toe boots and white knee-high boots spotted at Paris Fashion Week 2019. (Photo by Edward Berthelot/Getty Images)
Metallic-tone Tabi split-toe boots and white knee-high boots spotted at Paris Fashion Week 2019. (Photo by Edward Berthelot/Getty Images)
  • Taking a liking to an offbeat piece of fashion is much like finally giving that one person you never ever saw yourself dating a chance.
  • It's either you've known them since you were both awkward, socially inept 14-year-olds or they were just a complete outlier to the characteristics of your "type".
  • Essentially, they've always been in your orbit, but never quite fit the description of your ideal partner... until one day at a mutual friend's birthday something just clicks and the rest becomes history. 
  • I would like to confirm that this can also happen with certain items of clothing and shoes.

Growing up I wore a lot of corduroy because I mean, what child didn't? So as a teen to early 20-something I paid no attention to it at all - mostly because it hadn't really made a notable return yet. 

However, early last year at a Levi's store in Cape Town I instantly fell in love with a pair of navy corduroy dungarees and ever since I bought them, I've been looking to expand my corduroy selection. 

So I have a feeling the same will happen to you when you stumble upon a few of this season's new shoe trends, which seem to be more offbeat than ever. 

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These are the top five weird and wonderful shoe trends on the horizon right now:

Shoes from a post-apocalyptic fashion universe

Florence-based firm AVAVAV have created several styles of footwear featuring four otherworldly toes. The limited-edition styles, ranging from €600 to €900 (about R10 600 to R15 900), come in colours including green, red and black. 

The brand's post-apocalyptic shoes are part of a range made from deadstock fabrics and silicon. 

They have names like ‘very slimy feet’, ‘finger feet’ and ‘bloody feet’. AVAVAV says the items are from their "futuristic and post-apocalyptic fashion universe”. 

The footwear is part of a range fashioned from deadstock fabrics and silicon. It's the first collection since hiring Instagram native and Pyer Moss designer, Beate Karlsson. 

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Storm boots

Thick rubber soles meets ankle boot cousin of wellies? It's what every engineer's dreams are made of.

More importantly, you can't deny how practical they'll be, come muddy or dusty music festival time.

Mock-croc shoes

Not Crocs, but that crocodile finish. This one is hardly strange as a lot of statement handbags come in mock croc, but it's not your usual go-to faux exotic skin. But that might change this autumn.

Granny flats

Well, more like flat to very low heeled shoes inspired by the wardrobes of chic grandmas. 

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Camel toe shoes

You would think these would be quite an abomination in the world of fashion, especially if they are white. But look at how well Kelela wears these eyesores.

These Maison Margiela calfskin Tabi leather boots will set you back some R14K if you're really committed to this trend.

leather boots

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