When UK students dress in their robes and mortarboards the day of commencement, there is little room for fashionable expression. Those blue robes cover three-quarters of your body and those graduation caps limit what you can do with your hair. That’s why students turn to the one part of their bodies that actually shows: their feet.
It’s a little known fact that UK Professors host a silent “competition” . . . who has the wildest shoes at UK Commencement? These 15 shoes, if worn by any graduate, would be sure to take home top prize.
1. So your parents never let you shave your head into a Mohawk? That’s okay, now your feet can rock a Mohawk for you!
These shoes are for a rebel without a cause, the rocker without a garage band, the punk who lives in the suburbs! You probably have a drawer full of clip-on body piercings and fake tattoos.
2. For the teacher’s pet, or future teacher.
These shoes are certainly the write choice! Anyone? . . .No?
3. Only 90s kids would understand.
You’ll make quite the impression squeaking across the stage with a Pez dispenser in one hand and a pack of gel pens in the other.
4. If you feel like going to the circus after graduation ends.
Clearly you got your degree in lion taming or aerial acrobatics.
5. Obviously for the whimsical hipster.
Yes, that heel is a sculpted unicorn. Yes. A. Freaking. Unicorn. Your wish may have just come true.
6. If you feel a little steampunk.
Because blue commencement robes go so well with maroon pleather boots modeled after the industrial revolution. Wear with a monocle for the full effect.
7. If Lady Gaga is your idol.
Your feet look like giant glittery albino lobster claws, but hey! You were born this way! Strut your stuff, you glamorous weirdo.
8. If your answer to the question, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” was always “Fairy Princess!”
Don’t be disappointed when they hand you a degree instead of pixie dust.
9. Viva Las Vegas!
These shoes announce to the world just how much of a party girl you really were (are). Dice! Platforms! Transparent arches! Just don’t let the Dean smell last night’s tequila on your breath.
10. For the exotic world traveler.
These shoes scream “I studied abroad!” way more than that tacky button you wore on your backpack all semester.
11. You’re either a graphic design graduate, or Ronald McDonald is your idol.
Either way, these shoes are sure to make an impression. Or make the audience start craving French fries.
See it here: http://www.sophiawebster.co.uk/product/view/623
12. You never really grew up, and a degree won’t change that.
You have a bumper sticker that reads “I’d rather be on the playground,” and you have all 10 seasons of Spongebob Squarepants on Blu-ray. Destination after graduation: your childhood bedroom, where you will reside into your late 30s.
13. For the classy fashionista.
These British it-girl shoes are out there enough to make a statement, but chic enough to have every fashion magazine fan drooling over your feet. Bring wet wipes to the ceremony; drool ruins polished leather.
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14. You’ll take your Ph. D. with a side of T-Rex.
Either you’re attending a prehistoric rave after you leave the commencement stage, or you double majored in archaeology and black light reactive body painting. Feel free to let out a tyrannosaurus growl for extra points.
15. If your inspiration is RuPaul.
Graduation: the stuffy, formal, traditional ceremony of moving on from your success in college to your life in the real world. So 80s drag queen platform heels are more than appropriate.
No matter what you wear, remember: graduation isn’t about the tradition of receiving your degree publicly. It’s about the tradition of fabulously ridiculous shoes marching across that stage.