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25 Chunky Sneakers So You Can Put Your Best Foot Forward

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

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Design by Morgan McMullen

After a heated debate with myself, I've decided I'm 100 percent pro-dad sneakers. Though this chunky shoe trend started a few seasons ago, retailers are fully stocked up on elevated and remixed kicks for spring/summer 2021. (Hot tip: They look especially great when paired with a maxi dress or a snuggle-into-me knit sweater.) These trendy sneakers come in all colors, from Easter pinks and blues to leopard printed options. Some brands are creating edgy, chunky soles that go beyond your regular dad kicks; others are playing with neon laces and other prints. It 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 25 of the best pairs to shop right now and at every price point imaginable. Happy shopping!

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A Gym-Ready Chunky Sneaker
HIIT Training Shoe Cross Trainer
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Reebok amazon.com
$90.00
$63.74 (29% off)

If you want a chunky sneaker that actually works for the gym, this pair from Reebok is perfect for you. I personally love the subtle colorful detail on the sole. 

A Retro Platform Sneaker
Mayze Sneakers
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Puma Puma.com
$90.00

If Dua Lipa loves these sneakers, then I love these sneakers. I don't make the rules. 

A Wide-Fit Chunky Sneaker
Out of Office Sneaker
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OFF-WHITE nordstrom.com
$515.00

Off-White knows how to make a good sneaker. I have been lusting over this neutral pair for what feels like a very long time...and I think 2021 is going to be the year I actually buy them.  

A Pink Chunky Sneaker
Dorri Chunky Sneakers
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ASOS DESIGN us.asos.com
$43.00

This pink pair feels so in for spring. I love white sneakers as much as the next gal, but I may just have to pick up a pair of these colorful ones for myself.

An Embossed Chunky Sneaker
Embossed Logo Rubberized Sneakers in White
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River Island us.asos.com
$61.00

If you're on a budget this season, check out this pair from River Island.  It looks so chic thanks to the embossing detail, but retails for just over $60.

A Rubber Sole Chunky Sneaker
Maxima Sneaker
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Steve Madden revolve.com
$100.00

Shoes with rubber soles always make me think that I'm cooler than I actually am. This neutral pair from Steve Madden are my new favorites.

A Chunky Sneaker With A Strap
Disruptor II Applique Sneakers
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Fila amazon.com
$75.00

Fila basically invented the chunky sneaker trend with their now-infamous Disruptor II sneaker. This new version has a statement-making strap across the front. 

A Pastel Chunky Sneaker
Lug Sole Pieced Sneakers
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Zara Zara.com
$49.90

Zara makes some of the best accessories on the market, full stop. Their shoe collection is always so fire (and so affordable). Case in point? These pink and white chunky dad sneakers. 

A Super Comfy Chunky Sneaker
608 V5 Casual Comfort Cross Trainer
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New Balance amazon.com
$69.95
$49.95 (29% off)

New Balances are the OG dad sneaker—and they're back in a major way for 2021. This all-black colorway feels very '90s-inspired.  

Ombre Chunky Sneakers
Condor Running Sneakers
Veja
Veja freepeople.com
$160.00

Oh, so you wanted a pair of colorful sneakers? Then check out this pair from Veja. Yes, the brand you love for their selection of sleek white kicks also makes some seriously fun sporty options, too. 

An All-Black Chunky Sneaker
Air Max 90 Sneaker
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NIKE nordstrom.com
$120.00

Get yourself a neutral pair of Air Max 90s and you'll wear them forever. Not only are they super comfortable thanks to their thicker sole, but they go with literally everything.  

A Silver Chunky Sneaker
Leather Exaggerated-Sole Sneakers
Alexander McQueen
Alexander McQueen net-a-porter.com
$540.00

Go for the...silver this season in this pair of chunky sneakers by Alexander McQueen. Yes, I will be wiping these off every time I wear them so that they always look clean. 

A Yellow Chunky Sneaker
Shoes With Transparent Panels
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Mango mango.com
$79.99

This yellow and gray pair of chunky sneakers from Mango will give your all-black gym ensemble a whole new life. Style them with a pair of light-wash jeans and a white tee for a simple spring look. 

A Cheetah Print Chunky Sneaker
Maran Sneakers
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Voile Blanche shopbop.com
$158.04

Even if you're not a huge fan of cheetah print, you have to admit these white sneakers by Voile Blanche are so cute. The print is pretty subtle, so you can wear them without feeling like they're too flashy. 

A Platform Chunky Sneaker
2790 SYNLEANAPPAW Sneaker
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Superga revolve.com
$109.00

Platform sneakers need love too! This pair from Superga will add a few inches to your height which is great if you're a short gal like myself.  

A High-Top Chunky Sneaker
Run Star Hike High Top Platform Sneaker
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CONVERSE nordstrom.com
$110.00

I bet you hardly recognized this pair of Converse! The classic sneaker has gotten an upgrade for 2021. 

A Jewel-Toned Chunky Sneaker
Cloudnova Sneakers
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On shopbop.com
$150.00

The foam sole on this pair of sneakers is literally injected with CloudTec, so you know they're comfortable. Need I say more? 

The Boot/Chunky Sneaker Combo
Speedgoat Mid GTX 2 Boot
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HOKA ONE ONE® urbanoutfitters.com
$170.00

Okay, I know these are actually called boots but, in my defense, they're in the sneakers section! If you're looking for a pair that looks great and also offers enough support for you to go hiking in, you've found them.  

A Velvet Chunky Sneaker
Eclypse Neoprene Sneakers
Stella McCartney theoutnet.com
$342.00

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.

The Colorblocked Chunky Sneaker
Saga 130 Sneakers
Brandblack
Brandblack shopbop.com
$225.00

These shoes are technically made for hiking and other outdoor activities, but I think they have serious day-off potential. They're also a great way to instantly add some color to your most basic OOTD. 

A Black and White Chunky Sneaker
Falcon Sneaker
adidas Originals amazon.com
$100.00
$49.99 (50% off)

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

A Dotted Lace Chunky Sneaker
Ibiza Chunky Sneakers in White
RAID us.asos.com
$48.00

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.

A Pastel Green Chunky Sneaker
Yeezy 500 "Stone"
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adidas YEEZY farfetch.com
$569.00

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.

A Sleek Pair of Chunky Sneaker
Black And White Leather And Suede BBold Low-Top Sneakers
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Balmain balmain.com
$850.00

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

A Black and White Chunky Sneaker
Miles Sneaker
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Kendall Miles kendallmilesdesigns.com
$325.00

The black/grey/white colorway is perfect for everyday, but they're definitely not boring. Wear with everything from a baggy suit to sweats to a mini dress. 

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