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14 Chunky Sneakers Worth Trading in Your Summer Sandals For


chunky dad sneakers to shop
Design by Susanna Hayward

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 summer dress). Though the chunky shoe trend started a few seasons ago, retailers are still releasing elevated and remixed kicks for spring/summer 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 2020's It embellishment: chains. This all goes to show that chunky sneakers aren't going anywhere this season. If you have yet to find your dad sneaker solemate, I'm here to help. I found 14 of the best pairs to shop right now.


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Chunky Sole Technical Sneakers
& Other Stories stories.com

Your wardrobe consists of mostly black or white pieces. This sneaker should fit right in with your aesthetic: It can pass for a sporty look when worn with your workout gear or as more casual footwear when worn underneath a floral maxi dress.

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Chain-Embellished Leather Sneakers
Proenza Schouler modaoperandi.com

Like every other shoe out there, sneakers are getting the chain treatment for 2020. Proenza Schouler included a delicate gold-tone chain on its minimalist white kicks made from smooth leather. Go for the triple chain look with an anklet if you wish to stack 'em up.

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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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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, however, 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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Vista Lite Sneaker

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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Fila Eurorunner Sneakers
Fila shopbop.com

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.

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Leather Mesh and Nubuck Sneakers
Tod's www.net-a-porter.com

For a dad sneaker that actually looks like a dad sneaker (without borrowing your pop's), here's a neutral colored pair from Tod's. This shoe is paneled with breathable and spongy mesh while the soles offer traction to keep you from slipping in the rain. 

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Chunky-Soled Sneakers
H&M hm.com

Not sure if you'll throw down $200 for chunky sneakers, but want to try a pair? Your journey will likely begin at H&M, where you'll have a plethora of footwear to choose from like this all-white everyday sneaker. It's simple and understated, making it a worthy match for all your outfits.

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Track Sneakers
LAST shopbop.com

This pair is the 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.

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Chunky Leather Sneakers
Dolce & Gabbana modaoperandi.com

You want a sneaker that's in between an everyday white pair and an extra colorful, over-the-top embellished chunky kick. We present to you this black and white Dolce & Gabbana option. It's crisp, sleek, and clean. You might even get away with wearing this sneaker with your pantsuit set at the office. 

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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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Avalanche Rad
Koio koio.co

I can 100 percent imagine Erica Sinclair of Stranger Things wearing these '80s-inspired sneakers. (Have you seen her colorful outfits?) 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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Women's Ultrapace Sneaker
Gucci gucci.com

These sneakers first appeared on the fall 2019 runways of Gucci and now they're finally available to purchase. The muti-colored footwear features distressed suede, metallic leather, and reflective fabric to give it a statement shine. 

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Platform Sneaker
Prada www.neimanmarcus.com

Don't underestimate this sneaker—it's not as plain as you think. The shoe has black-and-white pattern laces for a "look down here" statement and if that's not enough, there's always the brand's signature Prada lettering on the front and on the sides.

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