Chunky sneakers that are stylish, comfortable and add height
A throwback from the 90s
A homage to the ‘90s ‘dad shoes’ trend, chunky sneakers have returned – bigger and better than ever. Luxury brands including Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Balenciaga have jumped on the bandwagon with their sleek takes on the ‘ugly shoe’.
Just like stars including Fann Wong and Hyuna, you too can dress your pair up or down. Click through the gallery to check out our picks and a few of your favourite celebrities who have rocked the trend.
Balenciaga’s rendition of the dad shoe combines two trends together – the pre-distressed and chunky sneakers trend. They got their name from the triple-stacked bulky sole that was inspired by the soles of running, basketball and track shoes.
To top it all off, the pair of sneakers has its size embroidered on the toe and is laced up by round rope laces.
Here, South Korean idol Hyuna styles it with a Balenciaga sweater, light-washed denim jeans cuffed at the bottom and a Balenciaga Triangle Duffle Bag for the ultimate airport fashion ensemble.
The Gucci Rhyton, which was first released at Gucci’s Cruise 2018 collection, comes in two designs – one with an oversized print of Gucci’s multicoloured logo and the other with a pre-distressed effect just like the Balenciaga Triple S.
The Fila Disruptor II is an affordable approach to rocking the dad shoe trend. Although the design is fairly simple with only branding on the side, tongue and midsole, the razor-like sole adds a rugged dimension to the clean cut pair of sneakers.
The Nike Air Max 95 might look bulky but it is extremely lightweight and comfortable on the feet. All thanks to the brand’s signature Air-Sole Unit.
It comes in a variety of colourways but we absolutely adore the one in Red Stardust & Washed Teal. Doesn’t the pastel details remind you of the Paddle Pop ice cream you use to eat when you were little?
Prada is the latest luxury fashion house to jump on this trend. Instead of the usual laces, the brand switch it up with a single velcro strap. Apart from the geometric shapes that can be seen on the shoe, the silhouette also features a bubble-style midsole which was designed to create the feeling of stepping on a cloud.