After a heated internal debate with myself, I've decided I'm 100 percent pro-dad sneakers. Though the trend started last year, retailers are now releasing even more chunky kicks for spring/summer 2019. These sneakers come in all colors, from Easter pinks and blues to prints like zebra and leopard. Some brands, like Joshua Sanders, even combined two trends into one—the PVC dad sneaker.
This all goes to show that chunky soles aren't going anywhere this season. If you have yet to find your dad sneaker solemate, I'm here to help. I found 16 of the best pairs to shop right now. (And if you're in the mood for more dad goodness? Vote in our March Dadness bracket for the ultimate zaddy.)
Not sure if you'll throw down $200 for chunky sneakers, but want to try a pair? Your journey will likely begin at trend-driven Zara, where you'll have a plethora of sneakers to choose from. In addition to Zara's subdued neutral pairs, the fast-fashion destination offers more unexpected sneakers—like this zebra design that, surprisingly, looks good with a floral dress.
The iridescent blue sparkles on this sneaker are as captivating as the sand art from your childhood. The grey, pink, and blue hues bring a lightness to the shoe, making it well suited for springtime when you want to reach for the pastels and whites in your wardrobe. This Nike chunky sole is cushioned with lightweight foam for extra comfort. Time to ditch those old sandals.
I love a good velcro sneaker when I can't be bothered with laces. (Monday mornings are rough, y'all.) This one-strap contraption and it's all-white color makes it easy for you to just slip on and go. The bulky and futuristic design highlights the evolution takes the '90s dad sneaker into the 21st century.
My personal go-to for shoes that are trendy, but comfortable and affordable? Sam Edelman. While these sneakers clearly draw its inspo from the Balenciaga versions, fans will find the price point irresistible. Give these a test run, then if you decide you definitely need more dad sneakers, upgrade with a designer pair that will take you through to 2020.
For those seeking a non-stark white sneaker, you'll love this pair from Mango. The cream and peach colors give it a softness and feminine feel compared to darker pairs like black and navy. Despite the coloring, it'll pair easily with everything in your spring wardrobe.
If you want more of a platform in your sneaker, I recommend this pair from Jeffrey Campbell. It has a two-inch heel in addition to a 1 1/4 inch platform, giving you a major boost in height. You can take comfort in the fact you don't have to wear heels all summer. This will look just as casual, if not cooler, with your slip dress or billowy maxi skirt.
Don't underestimate this sneaker—it's not as plain as you think. The shoe features animal spots and bright orange wavy lines for a "look down here" statement. And it pairs well with dark denim jeans and camo prints.
I've had my eye on this sold-out floral sneaker from Schutz since last season and it's finally back in stock (!!). The blooming floral print coupled with the chunky sole gives it street style cred, and I can see myself wearing this with a white summer dress or high-waisted mom jeans.
For a dad sneaker that actually looks like a dad sneaker (without borrowing your pop's), here's one from Calvin Klein. The black-and-white color combo is a classic and this is definitely a no-frills shoe. What you see is what you get. Celebs like Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid would totally wear this in my opinion, if that convinces you to buy.
The colors on this Salvatore Ferragamo sneaker almost resembles a watercolor painting. The rubber gray sole, unlike many of the other sneakers on this list, extends from the bottom all the way to the front of the shoe for an enveloping shape. If you're wondering why this sneaker costs almost $800, it's because the luxury shoe comes straight from Florence, Italy and is crafted with the finest materials.
It was only a matter of time before someone combined the PVC trend with dad sneakers. This Joshua Sanders pair allows you to show off your springtime socks and presents a cool spin on the chunky sneaker look. Meanwhile, the leather cowhide on the exterior gives the footwear a luxe quality.
For the dad sneaker that has it all, head over to Topshop to add these to cart. They're fierce (hello, leopard print!) and sturdy (in a don't-mess-with-me kind of way), meaning they can get your from point A to point B with no troubles. If you're looking for a tomboy shoe to go with your more feminine wardrobe, this is it.
Hi-Tec HTS74's trainers were first introduced in 1981 and worn by German and British army recruits. In this 2019 updated leather version, it's created with suede panelling and a "Rollin Gait System" on the midsole and outsole to support the natural movement of the foot. You can bet the comfort level on this shoe is a firm 10/10.
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