Call your dad and let him know — his favorite ugly sneakers are officially the hottest shoe of 2019. Spotted on the likes of fashion IT Girls like Bella Hadid, chunky, clunky kicks are officially en vogue. Paired with everything from athleisure to cocktail dresses, we’ve seen the cheekily named ‘dad sneaker’ take over the runways of many fashion houses including Miu Miu, Versace, and Louis Vuitton-- where it all started.
We’ve rounded up our favorite iterations of the trend. Pick up your fave pair and give your stilettos a break. All the cool girls are doing it.
The first ‘dad sneaker’ to stomp down the runway was at Balenciaga. Trademark of the trend — thick soles and a chunky shape — Balenciaga’s offering of ‘dad sneakers’ is truly extensive; spring 2019’s assortment includes 13 color ways of the newly iconic trainers.
The Louis Vuitton Archlight feels a tad more flattering on the foot, due to the exaggerated shape of the sole and the feminine low cut ankle. In 17 colors, there are tons of options but we love the patent monogram canvas version. Game of Thrones actress and Vuitton brand ambassador Sophie Turner has been spotted out and about in multiple pairs, so sign us up.
The bigger the better. In terms of soles, the thickest of the bunch come to us from Versace in the form of the Chain Reaction sneaker. We love the meaningful touches behind every single detail of these sky high trainers. The lightweight chain-linked rubber sole channels the iconic Versace chain jewelry. The signature Greek Key pattern decorates the top front. Our favorite touch has to be the braille ‘love’ lettering on the toe, expressing that love is blind.
If you’re worried about trying the trend, we’d suggest the Miu Run Patent Leather Sneakers by Miu Miu. The lower profile and clean lines make this style a more lowkey entrance point to the style for the more conservative. Our favorite detail? The Miu Miu logo back tab.