The 19 Best Chunky Sneakers for Women in 2022

The humble "dad sneaker" is back and better than ever.

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There’s hardly been a time in recent memory where the best sneakers around were also the most comfortable. But now, enter: the chunky sneaker. Also referred to as the “dad” sneaker by its legions of adoring fans—Hailey Baldwin, Kaia Gerber, and Bella Hadid among them—the in-your-face silhouette has become a mainstay in the sneaker world for years. But since there are new styles dropping all the time, I spoke to an expert about how to find the best chunky sneakers for yourself in 2022. 

Whereas traditional chunky sneakers—ones with enlarged details like an oversized rubber sole—were popular in the past, a more retro-inspired breed has taken over in 2022. “The old-school aesthetic is back and better than ever – think classic high-tops and retro kicks,” says Caroline Maguire, the Fashion Director at Shopbop (opens in new tab). “I am loving how designers are updating this vintage-inspired style with modern prints and bold colors.” 

To make the trendy style feel a little more classic, Maguire recommends sticking to the basics. “Style your favorite pair with relaxed denim cutoffs and a basic tee for an easy fit with a fun, classic twist,” she says. 

Ahead, we broke down all of the best chunky sneaker styles, from the bold to the only slightly chunky. Our list includes a few of the best white sneakers that are a little chunkier around the edges, a few great black sneakers, and even a few designer sneaker options that are worthy of your investment. Maguire even pulled a few of her favorites for the season, so keep scrolling to shop all the best sneakers to get your hands on (and your feet into) this season. 

Our Favorite Chunky Sneakers

Caroline Maguire's Favorite Chunky Sneakers

Meet The Expert

Caroline Maguire
Caroline Maguire

As Shopbop Fashion Director, Caroline Maguire brings her signature style, keen eye, and over 15 years of industry experience to the role. Since joining the organization in April 2016, Caroline has partnered closely with creative, buying, PR, and marketing team members to determine fashion direction across the company. She also serves as Shopbop’s primary brand ambassador in press interviews and media appearances, and delivers key style takeaways to the customer in creative onsite editorials. 

Julia Marzovilla
Julia Marzovilla

Julia Marzovilla is an E-Commerce Writer at Marie Claire covering all things fashion, beauty, and entertainment. Offline, she’s most likely browsing the web for another pair of black boots or listening to music too loudly—often at the same time.