I Love Ugly Sneakers & I Don't Care What You Think

For as long as I can remember, I\'ve had a soft spot for shoes that most people would call \"not beautiful.\" In the sixth grade, I was the proud wearer of Buffalo platforms (the six-inch kind) and camouflage Dunlop sneakers; in high school I shuffled around in Adidas slides. When it comes to the visual assessment and aesthetic classification of my wardrobe, I almost have a meter-thick protective armor. My sharpest critic is myself, and it probably always will be.But back to \"ugly\" sneakers. When I look at Balenciaga\'s new Triple S\', I immediately think of the scene from Crazy, Stupid, Love where Ryan Gosling throws Steve Carell\'s New Balance 407 over the railing at the mall. Still, I think they would look great with a cool pair of jeans and an oversized sweater. So why do so many people find \"ugly\" sneakers, well, ugly? Is it the color combinations? The thick, naked soles? The shoe laces or the many seams? I can only guess that it\'s a healthy combination of all of the above. \"Ugly\" sneak