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20 Chunky Sneakers You'll Be Glad to Step Into Fall With

Fall, here we come.

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 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.

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A Sock Chunky Sneaker
Dalton Chunky Lace-Up Sock sneakers
ASOS Design us.asos.com

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.

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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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Curverunner Sneakers
IRO 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 beige and pink pair that you can even get away with wearing with a pantsuit set. 

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A Neon Chunky Sneaker
Technical Platform Sole Sneakers
& Other Stories stories.com

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. 

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Floral and Animal Print Chunky Sneaker
Supercourt RX Sneaker
Adidas nordstrom.com

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.

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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 Leather-Inspired Chunky Sneaker
Track Sneakers
LAST shopbop.com

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.

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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 Purple Pair of Chunky Sneaker
Double Tongue Lilac
Cold Laundry coldlaundrystores.com

With color-blocking in super soft suede, these Cold Laundry sneakers are the subtle statement makers we've been looking for. 

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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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An Animal Print Chunky Sneaker
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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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 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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