One minute mom jeans are being mocked on SNL, the next, the high-waisted denim is the latest must-have. And what goes well with mom jeans? Dad sneakers (duh!).
ICYMI, 2018 saw the comeback of the chunky sneaker, and 2019 has been the year they took over every corner of your Instagram feed.
Designers like Gucci and Steve Madden have embraced the clunky trainer trend, and tbh, I’m here for it. ‘Dad sneakers’ are comfortable and some are even height boosting — talk about a win-win.
Plus, there are flashier versions for fashion risk-takers and more subtle styles for those who just want to dip their toe into the chonky-sneaker pool (figuratively speaking).
Regardless of your preferences, the shoes you once snickered at your ol’ man for wearing aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Here are our fave sneakers of the season so far.
1. Adidas Originals OZWEEGO
Talk about a ‘blast from the past’ — not only do these sneaks feature signature adiPRENE technology from the adidas archive, but their design has also been inspired by the OZWEEGO 3 (a lightweight and comfortable cushion runner silhouette from 1998). Buy it here for R1 599.
2. CAT Intruder
Bold ?? Nostalgic ?? Authentic ?? — CAT’s iconic ‘over-built’ footwear style from the 90s is back and features heavily in their Re-Powered capsule collection. Buy it here for R1 999.
3. EGO Fever trainers
These are styled on Gucci’s ultra-luxe take on the chunky sneaker trend is perfect for the gal who isn’t afraid of a little bling… and they won’t break the bank. Buy them here for R 999.
4. Nike Air Max Plus
This classic from the 90s just got a fresh makeover thanks to the stretch synthetic upper and Air-Sole units for extra cushion. Also, did we mention we LOVE this colourway?! Buy it here for R2 599.95
5. Puma WMNS Thunder Electric
This colour-blocked retro sneaker is a reworked rendition of the brand’s collaboration with legendary designer Alexander McQueen on the McQ Tech Runner Low. Buy it here for R1 299.
6. Adidas Originals Falcon
Remember those super bright sneakers you totally rocked as a kid in the 90s? Well, they’re back in the form of the adidas Originals Falcon. These highlighter-bright chunky sneakers WILL get you noticed! Buy them here for R1 599.
7. FILA Luminance
Found — the ultimate ‘classic’ dad sneaker in the form of the FILA Luminance! Get them here for R1 299.
8. New Balance X-90
Rewind to ’90s in the X-90 which has been reconstructed for über-cool comfort. Get them here for R 1 359.