15 Wild and Wonderful Shoes Worthy of Graduation 2014



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.

See it here: http://www.polyvore.com/yves_saint_laurent_court_shoes/thing?context_id=835783&context_type=lookbook&id=23003385


2. For the teacher’s pet, or future teacher.

pencil shoes

These shoes are certainly the write choice! Anyone? . . .No?

See it here: http://www.modcloth.com/shop/shoes-heels/pencil-me-in-heel


3. Only 90s kids would understand.

pin 90s kids

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.

See it here: http://www.modcloth.com/shop/shoes-heels/clear-point-of-view-heel-in-electric-pink


4. If you feel like going to the circus after graduation ends.

circus shoes

Clearly you got your degree in lion taming or aerial acrobatics.

See it here: http://www.modcloth.com/shop/shoes-heels/out-with-your-cruise-sandal


5. Obviously for the whimsical hipster.

Screen Shot 2014-03-11 at 9.32.57 AM

Yes, that heel is a sculpted unicorn.  Yes. A. Freaking. Unicorn. Your wish may have just come true.

See it here: http://www.modcloth.com/shop/shoes-heels/never-myth-a-beat-heel


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.

See it here: http://www.fluevog.com/code/?w%5B0%5D=gender%3Awomen&pp=5&view=detail&p=72&colourID=3869


7. If Lady Gaga is your idol.

Screen Shot 2014-03-11 at 12.55.21 PM

Your feet look like giant glittery albino lobster claws, but hey! You were born this way! Strut your stuff, you glamorous weirdo.

See it here: http://www.polyvore.com/alexander_mcqueen_armadillo_heels/thing?context_id=835783&context_type=lookbook&id=30192177


8. If your answer to the question, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” was always “Fairy Princess!”

Screen Shot 2014-03-11 at 12.42.56 PM

Don’t be disappointed when they hand you a degree instead of pixie dust.

See it here: http://www.polyvore.com/oook_look_40_tooklookbook/thing?context_id=835783&context_type=lookbook&id=17427371


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.

See it here: http://theberry.com/2010/12/30/these-shoes-are-straight-crazy-31-photos/a-crazy-shoes-16/


10. For the exotic world traveler.

world traveler

These shoes scream “I studied abroad!” way more than that tacky button you wore on your backpack all semester.

See it here: http://www.modcloth.com/shop/shoes-heels/be-all-that-you-can-bedazzle-heel


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.

See it here: http://blog.tiptopshoes.com/kobi-levis-footwear-creations/kobi-levi-slide/


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.

See it here: http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306438409&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446681059&site_refer=AFF001&mid=13816&siteID=gtOcLD22Xas-Y.ZYPq2iy6kywPxccQCrUg&LScreativeid=1&LSlinkid=10&LSoid=290050


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.

See it here: http://fashionstyleology.com/awkward-collection-t-rex-heels-shoes-by-monica-and-lucie-designers-of-awkward-collection-czech-prague-fashion-weekend-2012/


15. If your inspiration is RuPaul.

drag queen

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.

See it here: http://www.amiclubwear.com/shoes-heels-jcd-cosmiccrushgreeniridescent.html


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.














Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s