The Four Worst Fashion Inventions of 2010

There were a lot of great moments in fashion this year: Miu Miu introduced the detachable collar, Valentino made the kitten heel cool again, Preen nailed the crisp button-down, and Freja Beha Erichson inspired us all to ditch dainty for androgyny (sorry, boys). But there were moments off the runway—light-years away from it, actually—that just made you wonder where we went wrong in humanity. Now, this isn’t a worst-fashion-trends list by any means, as we all know that the trends you embrace are all in a matter of taste, and sometimes really bad could also be really, really good. This list is more about the worst fashion inventions that you likely saw in an infomercial or mall that made you simple say What. The. Hell. First up, the sheepskin flip-flop.

What: Bonsai Sheepskin Flip-Flops (above) Why: Here’s how they were invented, according to the website: “It was a chilly Northern California morning, and as usual, I was running late for class. I kicked off my comfy sheepskin slippers, but there would be no time for socks that day. I eyed my well-worn pair of sandals by the door, and with my eyes on my watch, my hand on the doorknob, and my bare, cold feet slipping into my flip flops, a light bulb went off: Why not combine a flip flop with a sheepskin slipper?” Why not? I can give you a plethora of reasons. First of all, dude—you totally had time to throw on some socks. Secondly, your “invention” is essentially an inverted Ugg boot, which is never okay. And lastly, investing in some Sperry Top-Siders would have been such a better idea.

image What: Pajama Jeans Why: The difference between these and jeggings is that they’re boot cut, which doesn’t make it any better. And I don’t know about you, but I find zero satisfaction in looking like I’m dressed for outdoor activities when I’m lounging around the house (likely because I’m too busy enjoying my footie pajamas—hey, I never said I was a role model).

image What: Spirit Hoods Why: I’m all for a good faux fur hood, but adding ears and paws to it is just annoying. Plus, Khloe Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, and Ke$ha are big fans. Need I say more?

image What: Snooki Slippers Why: Because liking all things Jersey Shore is not as ironic as it used to be. These are just straight-up ridiculous. I can go on, but we’ve been down this road before.

Looks like feet were the victims of the most abuse this year. If you disagree with our top four or think we missed anything, do tell!

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