After a heated internal debate with myself, I've decided I'm 100 percent pro-dad sneakers. (They look especially great when paired with a fall maxi dress or a snuggle-into-me autumnal sweater). Though the chunky shoe trend started a few seasons ago, retailers are still stocked up on elevated and remixed kicks for fall/winter 2020. These sneakers come in all colors, from Easter pinks and blues to prints like zebra and leopard. Some brands focused on creating edgy, chunky soles that went beyond just your regular dad kicks while others played with neon laces and other prints. This all goes to show that chunky sneakers aren't going anywhere this season, if at all. If you have yet to find your dad sneaker solemate, I'm here to help. I found 20 of the best pairs to shop right now and at every price point imaginable.
If you don't feel like socks, you won't have to worry about the back of your shoe scratching your heels. The sock-like cuff feels comfortable against your skin and adds a cute detail to the shoe.
The perfect white chunky sneaker
doesn't does exist and it's this one from Puma. The platform wedge kick was inspired by hip hop culture in the 2000s and has a curvy sole shape for a memorable look.
You want a sneaker that's somewhere between an everyday white pair and an extra colorful, over-the-top embellished chunky kick. We present to you this beige and pink pair that you can even get away with wearing with a pantsuit set.
For a dad sneaker that actually looks like a dad sneaker (without borrowing your pop's), here's a green neon-lace pair. Aside from the bright laces and outline on the shoe, the gray and white tones keep it wearable for everyday activities.
Can't decide between your love for florals or animal print? Don't worry, this chunky sneaker has it all. Go easy with the rest of your outfit to let this shoe shine.
If you're looking for a chunky sneaker with extra oomph, you'll want this zebra print pony hair pair. It'll kick your gray sweatsuit set up a notch or jazz up that plain top and jeans ensemble.
You don't mind flashiness, especially when it comes to your shoes. Slip into this gleaming gold pair of Longchamp kicks. The laces are fastened using a jewelry-style bamboo closure and gives off neo-futuristic vibes.
This pair is the very definition of trendy. The most unusual part about this sneaker are the brown (almost leather-like) soles. You won't be able to walk a few blocks without someone complimenting you on them.
This puffy-soled pair in bold pops of color feel like the sneaks you had as a kid, but obviously much more elevated.
With color-blocking in super soft suede, these Cold Laundry sneakers are the subtle statement makers we've been looking for.
Yeezy does it again with these cloud-like sneakers that basically beg for a legging or bike short to draw more attention to its proportions.
We can't do a round-up on chunky sneakers without including this leopard-print pair. This shoe is for those who need a pop of color or a dash of print in their daily outfit.
Chunky doesn't necessarily mean funky. The subtle gold details on this pair read very sophisticated.
If you're all about meditation apps and mantras, then this sneaker is for you. Aside from the quirky colors and speckled sole, on its side is the phrase "Never look back it's all ahead."
Who needs another white pair of sneakers? A mashup of bold brights is way more exciting take on this chunky-soled trend.
This sneaker speaks to our feminine side, thanks to the soft pink hues that cover the front and sides of the shoe. In an effort to avoid a cheesy pink feel, elements of olive and brown are worked in. Note the etched Fendi logo on the side to announce that yes, this pair of sneakers is indeed luxurious.
Nike is giving chunky sneakers a cool streetwear remix with these angular sole kicks. The shoes still maintain that wearable streamlined design though, and can be worn with anything from jeans to a skirt.
Golden Goose's beat-up and "dirty" sneaker aesthetic is iconic, but the brand has cleaned it up for its new Running Sole sneakers. The label dropped its own dad sneaker iteration that features leather, suede, and a glittery sole complete with the Golden Goose star logo. These squeaky-clean sneakers will look better with each wear and scuff—just as the brand intended.
I can 100 percent imagine Erica Sinclair of Stranger Things wearing these '80s-inspired sneakers. The yellow, plum, and teal surprisingly work well together, while the perfectly chunky sole gives it that signature dad sneaker stamp.