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Cardi B’s Dsquared2 Sneaker Heels Take the Ugly Footwear Trend to the Next Level

How they work, where they came from, and why she owns them.


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Just when you thought the ugly footwear trend couldn’t possibly become any more divisive, Cardi B has put forth a new item for examination: Dsquared2’s sneaker heels. The rapper shared a photo of herself wearing the shoes in question on Instagram yesterday, defying gravity in the process. The shoes, which one follower referred to as “double decker,” consist of an illusion of a sneaker sitting diagonally on top of another sneaker. To make them look even more surreal, Cardi posed in them while in a squat-like position, which she shared with the caption, “Bitch sit down before I sit you.”

Okay, so what is going on here? The post elicited that question and more, with comments ranging from “You’re so brave” to “Am I the only one confused by the shoes??,” “How you walk in them ?,” and “Cardi girl don’t break an ankle cause I’m trynna see you on tour? love you.”

While Cardi hasn’t cleared up the confusion, we can start by addressing how exactly one walks in the shoes. Does the foot sit flat? Or is it on an incline like in heels? For Dsquared2d’s “giant heeled ankle boots,” which are unavailable to purchase on the brand’s website, it’s the latter. Despite looking like sneakers, the shoe is no more comfortable or stable than a pair of wedges. While the bottom of the shoe is flat, the top, where the foot goes in, has the same arch as any pair of heels. In case the sneaker version isn’t your style, the brand also makes a sandal version that was no less debated when it was unveiled back in June.

So what is the advantage of wearing them? For Cardi that much is clear. Her style is an extension of her personality and, with both, she can divide a room. While we don’t know how far Cardi ended up walking in the shoes, or if she walked in them at all outside of taking this photo, she elicited quite the reaction. The post, which was shared less than a day ago, has already amassed over 3.6 million likes — which is a far jump from the last few fashion posts she shared (and those have been accumulating likes for the past few weeks or so).

If anyone can make the shoes catch on, though, it’s Cardi. As she told W earlier this year, “I’m the person who has to prove everyone wrong, constantly. Constantly.”

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Cardi B wears a Rodarte gown; Intimissimi briefs; Bulgari ring; Wolford fishnets. Beauty Note: Dior Addict Lipstick in Incognito, Capture Dreamskin Fresh & Perfect Cushion Foundation, 5 Coleurs Midnight Wish Eyeshadow Palette in Lucky Star.

Photograph by Mickalene Thomas; Styled by Kollin Carter.
Photograph by Mickalene Thomas.

Cardi B wears a Rodarte gown; Intimissimi briefs; Bulgari ring; Wolford fishnets.

Photograph by Mickalene Thomas; Styled by Kollin Carter.

Cardi B wears a Givenchy dress; David Webb earrings and rings; Giuseppe Zanotti shoes.

Photograph by Mickalene Thomas; Styled by Kollin Carter.

Cardi B wears Balenciaga coat; Echo scarf; Mish New York earrings; Pomellato rings; Jimmy Choo boots. Beauty note: Keep curls loose with OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Elevated Finish Spray.

Photograph by Mickalene Thomas; Styled by Kollin Carter.

“Every single day there’s rumors about me and my dude. And it almost drives me crazy, because I start to believe them. But I cannot be feeling insecure, to a point that I would drive my dude away, because these people want that to happen.”

Cardi B wears Chanel top and skirt; Mindi Mond earrings; Manolo Blahnik shoes.

Photograph by Mickalene Thomas; Styled by Kollin Carter.

“For some reason I’m really fascinated with the Holocaust. People were so naive to believe certain things. But then we in 2018 and there’s people that believe that our problems come from a certain group of people. It just baffles my mind.”

Cardi B wears Zac Posen gown; Bulgari earrings; Manolo Blahnik shoes.

Photograph by Mickalene Thomas; Styled by Kollin Carter.

“My baby. That’s all I give a fuck about right now. I’m thinking about how my money’s going to last so this girl is 21 and put in college. I’m thinking about five years from now and like, How am I going to discipline this girl?”

Cardi B wears Chanel top and skirt; Mindi Mond earrings; Manolo Blahnik shoes.

Cardi B wears Zac Posen gown; Adrienne Landau by Saulo Villela scarf; Taffin necklace; Giuseppe Zanotti shoes.

Photograph by Mickalene Thomas; Styled by Kollin Carter.

Cardi B wears Valentino dress; Intimissimi bra and briefs; David Webb earrings; Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. ring.

Photograph by Mickalene Thomas; Styled by Kollin Carter. Hair by Tokyo Stylez at Chris Aaron Management; Makeup by Erika La’ Pearl for Marc Jacobs Beauty at GKG Management; Manicures by Jenny Bui at the Teknique Agency. Set design by Nicholas Des Jardins at Streeters. Produced by Blayke Kogan at Rosco Production; Production Coordinator: May Lin Le Goff at Rosco Production; Choreography: Racquel Chevremont; Photography Assistants: Athena Torri, Guillermo Cano; Digital Technician: Nick Bean; Retouching by DTouch NYC; Production Assistants: Benjamin Merker, Daniel Hanson, Ewelina Nietupska, Eric Soucy, Laszlo Meresz; Set Design Assistants: Gautum Sahi, Eddie Ballard; Fashion Assistants: Vincent Smith, Sara Taffel, Justin Tyree Clark, Kendall Cordes; Tailors: Lucy Falk and Alexander Koutny at Christy Rilling Studio.
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