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!
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.
If Dua Lipa loves these sneakers, then I love these sneakers. I don't make the rules.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I bet you hardly recognized this pair of Converse! The classic sneaker has gotten an upgrade for 2021.
The foam sole on this pair of sneakers is literally injected with CloudTec, so you know they're comfortable. Need I say more?
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.
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.
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 sneaker that straddles the border between chunky and not chunky, should you want that in-between. Like Goldilocks once said, this is just right.
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.
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.
Chunky doesn't necessarily mean funky. The subtle gold details on this pair read very sophisticated.
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.