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20 Chunky Sneakers That Help You Put Your Best Foot Forward

When you need a break from winter boots.

chunky sneakers
Design by Morgan McMullen

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 a maxi dress or a snuggle-into-me knit sweater). Though the chunky shoe trend started a few seasons ago, retailers are still stocked up on elevated and remixed kicks for winter 2021. 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. Happy shopping!

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A White Platform Chunky Sneaker
Chunky Sneakers
H&M hm.com

This pair is the very definition of trendy. The most unusual part about this sneaker is the platform-like chunky soles. You won't be able to walk a few blocks without someone complimenting you on them.

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A Soft Colorful Chunky Sneaker
CL Legacy Sneakers
Reebok shopbop.com

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 gray, white, and pink pair that you can even get away with wearing with a pantsuit set. 

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A Velvet Chunky Sneaker
Eclypse Neoprene Sneakers
Stella McCartney theoutnet.com

Can't decide between your love for colors or velvet? Don't worry, this chunky sneaker has it all. Go easy with the rest of your outfit to let this shoe shine.

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A Black and White Chunky Sneaker
Falcon Sneaker
adidas Originals amazon.com
$54.20 (46% off)

A sneaker that boarders between chunky and not chunky, should you want that in-between. Like Goldilocks once said, this is just right.

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A Multicolor Sneaker
Sneakers in Leather and High-Tech Fabric
Tod's tods.com

For a dad sneaker that actually looks like a dad sneaker (without borrowing your pop's), here's a multicolor pair. The dark plum color balances out the shades of pink and green, giving it a more muted feeling. This sneaker is totally wearable for everyday activities. 

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A Dotted Lace Chunky Sneaker
Ibiza Chunky Sneakers in White
ASOS us.asos.com

We can't do a round-up on chunky sneakers without including this classic white pair with dotted laces. This neutral shoe is for those who want the tiniest dash of print in their daily outfits.

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A Yellow and Gray Sneaker
Chunky Sneakers
Yolanda Zula amazon.com

You do all your shopping on Amazon, including your wardrobe, so here's a pair of chunky sneakers from the retailer. The yellow designs give it an energizing feel, so reach for these when you want an extra pep in your step.

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A White Chunky Sneaker
Pulsar Wedge Tech Glam Sneaker
Puma nordstrom.com

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. 

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An Animal Print Chunky Sneaker
Aura 130 Pony Hair Sneakers
Brandblack freepeople.com

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.

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A Gold Chunky Sneaker
Fall/Winter 2020 Collection
Longchamp longchamp.com

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. 

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A Sporty Chunky Sneaker
Chlorine Boot Sneakers
Off-White farfetch.com

This puffy-soled pair in bold pops of color feel like the sneaks you had as a kid, but obviously much more elevated. 

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A Pastel Green Chunky Sneaker
Yeezy 500 "Stone"
adidas YEEZY farfetch.com

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.

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A Sleek Pair of Chunky Sneaker
Black And White Leather And Suede BBold Low-Top Sneakers
Balmain balmain.com

Chunky doesn't necessarily mean funky. The subtle gold details on this pair read very sophisticated. 

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A Speckle Chunky Sneaker
Chunky Sole Trainers
MSGM farfetch.com

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."

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A Rainbow Color Chunky Sneaker
KKira Feet kkirafeet.com

Who needs another white pair of sneakers? A mashup of bold brights is way more exciting take on this chunky-soled trend.

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A Pink Pair of Chunky Sneaker
FFluid Mixed Lace-Up Sneakers
Fendi neimanmarcus.com

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. 

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A Green Pair of Chunky Sneaker
Vista Lite Sneaker
Nike nordstrom.com

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.

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A Star Chunky Sneaker
Running Sole Glittered Leather and Neoprene Sneakers
Golden Goose modaoperandi.com

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. 

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A Colorful Chunky Sneaker
Avalanche Rad
Koio koio.co

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.

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A Black and White Chunky Sneaker
Miles Sneaker
Kendall Miles kendallmilesdesigns.com

The black/grey/white colorway are perfect for every day, but definitely not boring. Wear with everything from a baggy suit to sweats to a mini dress. 

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