From Devil’s Boots to Kyle Kuzma’s Sweater: The 8 Weirdest Clothing Pieces of the Year

In what is now an annual tradition, I’ve spent the past few weeks trying to remember all the weird outfits I’ve encountered in the previous 11 months. there was a lot, Much, for exploration. In the past decade or so, clothing and shoe brands have realized that having a conversation (especially online) by creating something weird often serves their purposes better than creating something beautiful. As Gucci’s Creative Director, Alessandro Michele, said in the last “60 Minutes” clip, “I love ugly things.”

The trick here? Ugly sells out, especially when it’s noisy. On the Gucci website, a $1,250 sweatshirt with an eccentric creature on it was sold. So do the $620 high-heeled shoes covered in a luxurious Gucci print. Other brands find clothes that fall somewhere between hilarious bafflement and truly exaggerated, just like money. The adidas Yeezy Foam RNNR Sneaker, a perforated tortoiseshell sneaker, has now been listed for more than double the $80 sticker price on resale sites like StockX. At the higher end, boutique brand ERL sells off its $865 bouffants with a Peter Max-esque color shocker.

This year, making an impact online is becoming more and more important. With the Covid virus still looming, people are spending less time shopping for stores and fashion brands, and have largely skipped personal runway shows in favor of digital video shows. Like most close-up clothes watchers, I spent the year searching for clothes mostly through a computer screen, including memorable oddities that made me sniffle or laugh enough to assign them to that particular column.

In the fashion world, pretty navy sweaters and sparkly white sneakers are a dime (okay, maybe a dime more) but to create something innovative, memorable, ugly that is profitable? This requires skill. Here, eight curiosities get what they deserve. See you next year.


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1. Avavav “Slimy Feet” Shoes

These giant moss-colored unisex ensembles from up-and-coming Italian label Avavav look like they’ve wandered into their “Swamp Thing” collection.


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2. Raf Simons Giant Pink Sweater

In March, Belgian designer Raf Simons sent a bright pink elephant-sleeved sweater down the runway, but it wasn’t until Washington Wizards player Kyle Kuzma wore it before a game in November that people noticed the massive knit. Twitter experts compared the jacket to an inflatable man outside a car show, the Pink Panther and something from Dr. Seuss. The purists only remember if the witches won that night, but the jacket? never forget.

3. Watch Konstantin Chaikin’s Minions

This year, more than a decade after the premiere of Despicable Me, Russian watchmaker Konstantin Chaikin introduced an inexplicable, Google-eyed watch dedicated to the film’s gossip-talkers. The watch sold for about $15,000 and was limited to 38 pieces, all sold out. “Despicable” is apparently in the eye of the beholder.


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4. Suicoke and Midorikawa shoes in black

Since Balenciaga showed them on the runway two years ago, toe-toe shoes have been a bewildering but elusive trend. How to make shoes with divided numbers more difficult? Add painted nails. These collaborative wipes with cherry “nails” cost $268, but at least they’ll save you a trip to the nail salon…I guess?

5. Fendi Short Suits

There is nothing wrong with a guy showing a little skin. But a belly button Fendi suit is what happens when you’re so focused on showing off your abs that you lose all good sense. Too formal to be a bathing suit, and too daring to face the C-wing, this uncalibrated outfit looks just like a sewing machine that ate your other half.


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6. Devil’s shoe dispenser

Endorsing Lil Nas X, a lone human blood (allegedly) and a $1,018 price tag, these unauthorized custom sneakers spurred a Nike lawsuit (later withdrawn after Mschf agreed to allow customers to send in their shoes), and sparked satanic panic online.

7. Microsoft XBox x Gucci Series X Special Edition Console Bundle

The XBox Series X retails for $500. The ultra-luxury Gucci edition of the console with monogrammed consoles and a leather carrying case sold for $10,000. Unfortunately, it won’t make you any better in “Call of Duty”.


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8. Tommy Cash x Adidas Elongated Superstars

Because when you really need to trip someone on the other side of the room.

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