I mean…sometimes a trend takes a while to…ya know…sink in. And while my first reaction to Dad sneaks was visceral (basically recoiling in horror, if I recall correctly) after a few years of chunky sneakers, I’m starting to appreciate their quirky bad-girl charm. And, like all trends, the Dad sneak trend has evolved. The chunky sneakers out there now are less I Stole This From My Dad In 1997 and more…statement sneaker.
Anyway, there are a bunch of cool chunky sneakers I’ve been eyeing up. These seem like a good solution for changing up my vibe in a practical (yet fun) way…especially since 99.9% of the time I’m just in jeans and a sweater. God knows that part’s not gonna change.
THESE. These are high (so high!!) on my wishlist right now. Zadig & Voltaire sold me on these sneakers via some IG commercial (of which I can no longer find), but suffice to say, they basically ran through a series of outfits using these sneakers (skinny jeans! crops! faux leather! joggers! bare legs!,) and they looked cool and slightly edgy with EVERYTHING.
These brightly colored sneakers are so NOT my usual vibe…but that’s kinda why I like them. They’re like a rainbow on your feet. I’m picturing these with gray jeans & socks.
I love the bold black and white, and the pattern play going on. These look MUCH more expensive than they are.
These look like shoes from the future, and I am here for it. (Also, the colorway is so…pretty.) I’m picturing these with light-wash jeans and pastel (or ivory) sweaters.
Oooo…these are like the gateway sneaker to the chunky sneaker trend. Wear this one like a neutral: with everything.
Laura and I both LOVE the Play On sneaker — it’s insanely comfortable. There are a ton of really fun colorways, but I might like this one the best. I think these could perk up a black jean — gray sweater uniform verrrry nicely.
These are the most Dadish of all of the sneaks featured. But they have cool lines, little pops of red, and I think…I think I might be ready. I’d wear with skinnies, socks, and add some sort of menswear top coat. So cool.
These are built like a tank. But…I have a feeling they might be the most foolproof of the bunch.
Is anyone else re-thinking their stance on Dad sneaks? Or…Dad-ish sneakers, maybe? If I missed one of your favorites, shout it out below…I’m genuinely curious.