Slipping into dad shoes! A round up of a controversial sneaker that we have to say, we're into
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Dad sneakers are one of those things that shouldn't work, but they do. There's no doubt that they're bulky and truly look like something your dad would wear, but somehow that's part of the charm. It doesn't hurt they're practically guaranteed to be the most comfortable shoes you own, plus they also look unexpectedly cool on. Perhaps, then, it's not too surprising that they've developed a all-out cult following in a short period of time. If you're ready to take on the streetwear trend, whether you're happy to jump on board or if you're of the "if you can't beat 'em, you may as well join 'em," camp, we're sharing our favourite pairs and how to wear them.
A little colour can go a long way to make dad sneakers really pop. Ash's pair makes a serious style statement. Since the colours are an unexpected mix that veers on the cooler side, they'll stand out whether you wear them with a jeans and tee or power suit.
Addict Sneakers, $360, ash.com
This pair might have it all: chunky heel, cool colour combos and major street appeal. Think about pairing it with frayed denim and a leather jacket to work with the shoes' too-cool-for-school vibe.
Adidas by Raf Simons Rs Ozweego III Runner Sneakers, $552, farfetch.com
Obviously, the many runway versions we're seeing of this trend don't come cheap. That's not to say great affordable options don't exist though, because they do. Case in point: this all-white version by Zara, which might be the perfect pair for any monochromatic outfit you're considering.
Chunky Sole Sneakers, $80, zara.com
Want something sporty? No problem. In addition to the major fashion houses, athletic brands are coming out with some amazing styles. Fila's style would work just as well with any athleisure matching set as it would with any girly dress.
Fila Disruptor 2 Lux Leather Sneakers, $155, barneys.com
If graphic kicks just aren't for you, opt for a bright pair of sneakers instead. Sandro's chunky runners come in two vivid colour schemes for your choosing. The heels are decked out flame print that's enough to turn them into your new staple shoes to wear with essentially every spring trend.
Sandro Trainers with Flames on the Sole, $325, us.sandro-paris.com
This pair by New Balance is the real deal, as in your dad might still be wearing them or something just like them. Try them out with leggings and cropped hoodie for weekend days around the city.
New Balance 624 sneakers, $100, newbalance.com
Since there's no ignoring the pastel trend this season, we say, "more is more." And Stella McCartney's version is definitely that. The duck egg blue sneakers, which were a hit on the runway, put a modern spin on a retro style. For on-brand styling, pair them with a linen dress.
Stella McCartney Eclypse Low-Top Contrast-Panel Trainers, $798, matchesfashion.com
One way to make the most of your dad shoes is to buy them in black and white. The two-tone sneakers are versatile enough to work with most things already hanging in your closest. But a pretty dress and PVC bag are ideal pairings.
Acne Studios Manhattan Multi White Sneakers, $630, acnestudios.com
Don't forget about high-tops. This style takes dad shoes to the next level. We love the idea of pairing them with a cute denim skirt to show some leg and balance proportions. A matching jean jacket is always a good idea.
Valentino sneakers, $1,150, Holt Renfrew
Black detailing adds freshness to all-white dad sneaks, whether you choose to wear them with all black or something more colourful for spring. Talk about a shoe that can do it all.
White Chunky Lace-Up Trainers, $108, riverisland.com
It's official—a new "ugly" sneaker trend is here, and you may as well get on board. If you're looking to stay a step ahead, try a classic pair on for size. This one by Bronx is an affordable way to get into the trend that's so bad it's so good. You won't go wrong rocking them with a pastel suit either.
Bronx Womens White Baisley Trainers, $215, tower-london.com