Trend Alert: 20 Best Chunky Dad Sneakers, According to Different Budgets

by Sean Tham
LIFESTYLE  |  October 27, 2018
  • Looks like the chunky Dad sneaker trend isn't going away any time soon. Here are the best 20 ones that are sure to jazz up your everyday outfits.
    1 / 21 Looks like the chunky Dad sneaker trend isn't going away any time soon. Here are the best 20 ones that are sure to jazz up your everyday outfits.

    The days of stylish, clean, streamlined sneakers (i.e. the almighty Adidas’ Stan Smiths) are officially over. Make way as we warmly welcome the trend of “ugly” dad sneakers. Sporty rather than chic, they are known for their chunky and exaggerated soles. Not exactly hideous, but not particularly elegant either.

    (Also read: 10 Pretty Pastel Sneakers From As Low As $19.95)

    Still, their eye-popping clunky designs have caught the fashion world by storm. Just look at style stars such as Eva ChenSusie Lau and Chriselle Lim, who have been flaunting them on their social media accounts. And now it’s your turn. We give you our best picks, from splurge-worthy to absolute steals, that are bound to be #shoeporn worthy for your Instagram handles.

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  • Splurge ($1,000 and above): Silver-mirrored leather platform sneakers by Maison Margiela, £695 (S$1,223)
    2 / 21 Splurge ($1,000 and above): Silver-mirrored leather platform sneakers by Maison Margiela, £695 (S$1,223)

    Holographic sneakers are always Insta-worthy. These babies from Maison Margiela, while pricey, are worth every penny.

    Available via Net-a-Porter

    Photo: Maison Margiela

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  • Splurge ($1,000 and above): Colour-block leather sneakers by Fendi, US$890 (S$1,221)
    3 / 21 Splurge ($1,000 and above): Colour-block leather sneakers by Fendi, US$890 (S$1,221)

    We love the muted pastel shades of this pair. Besides, it is a combination of two shoe trends — plastic shoes and dad sneakers — so it’s a must-have for footwear fanatics.

    (Also read: 10 Stylish Sneakers You Can Wear In And Out of The Gym)

    Available via Ssense

    Photo: Fendi

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  • Splurge ($1,000 and above): Chunky sole sneakers by Stella McCartney (S$1,115)
    4 / 21 Splurge ($1,000 and above): Chunky sole sneakers by Stella McCartney (S$1,115)

    These chunky trainers from Stella McCartney are an interesting blend of femininity and strength. They’re a great way to soften the striped shirt and leather skirt combination, as seen on Eva Chen.

    Available via Farfetch

    Photo: Stella McCartney

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  • Splurge ($1,000 and above): Leather, nubuck and mesh “Triple S” sneakers by Balenciaga, £615 (S$1,082)
    5 / 21 Splurge ($1,000 and above): Leather, nubuck and mesh “Triple S” sneakers by Balenciaga, £615 (S$1,082)

    Seen as the pioneer of Dad sneakers, Demna Gvasalia’s Triple S has inspired knock-offs and a fervent cult following. Go for a casual dress-down look by pairing it with a simple cotton blouse and a pair of denim jeans.

    Available via Net-a-Porter

    Photo: Balenciaga

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  • Splurge ($1,000 and above): Metallic “Flashtrek” sneakers by Gucci, US$980 (S$1,344)
    6 / 21 Splurge ($1,000 and above): Metallic “Flashtrek” sneakers by Gucci, US$980 (S$1,344)

    This flashy pair inspired by hiking boots is a jarring contrast of various metallic colours. But we love it. Because go big or go home, right?

    Available via Ssense

    Photo: Gucci

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  • Spend ($500 – $999): Colour-block leather sneakers by Dorothee Schumacher, $664
    7 / 21 Spend ($500 – $999): Colour-block leather sneakers by Dorothee Schumacher, $664

    With a leather body, patterned sole, colour block and snake skin accents, this pair of sneakers has got a lot going on. We suggest wearing an all-black outfit and letting these babies shine.

    (Also read: 12 Stylish And Comfortable Shoes (That Are Not All Sneakers))

    Available via Farfetch

    Photo: Dorothee Schumacher

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  • Spend ($500 – $999): Suede, leather and mesh chunky sole sneakers by Chloé, €495 (S$785)
    8 / 21 Spend ($500 – $999): Suede, leather and mesh chunky sole sneakers by Chloé, €495 (S$785)

    If staying safe is not for you, add a splash of colour with this pair from Chloé that sports bright red soles and yellow accents.

    Available via Mytheresa

    Photo: Chloe

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  • Spend ($500 – $999): Leather lace-up “Billy” sneakers by Nº2 (S$809)
    9 / 21 Spend ($500 – $999): Leather lace-up “Billy” sneakers by Nº2 (S$809)

    Be a bright spark at brunch with this pair of white sneakers that comes with splashes of yellow. Pair it with a sunflower print swing dress for maximum impact.

    Available via Farfetch

    Photo: Nº2

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  • Spend ($500 – $999): Metallic “Carlos 10” sneakers by Calvin Klein 205W39NYC (S$884)
    10 / 21 Spend ($500 – $999): Metallic “Carlos 10” sneakers by Calvin Klein 205W39NYC (S$884)

    With its bright metallic body, you can be sure you’re right on trend for one of Fall/Winter’s latest craze — basically anything that has a dash of silver — when you don this pair.

    Available via Farfetch

    Photo: Calvin Klein

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  • Spend ($500 – $999): “K-lastic” espadrille platform sneakers by Kenzo, US$395 (S$541)
    11 / 21 Spend ($500 – $999): “K-lastic” espadrille platform sneakers by Kenzo, US$395 (S$541)

    You can’t go wrong with a pair of black sneakers. Classic and wearable with just about anything, try an amped up version like this pair — it comes with an espadrille platform for extra height.

    (Also read: 12 Pretty Sneakers You’ll Want to Wear Everywhere)

    Available via Ssense

    Photo: Kenzo

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  • Shop ($200 – $499): Air Max ’95 sneakers by Nike, US$200 (S$274)
    12 / 21 Shop ($200 – $499): Air Max ’95 sneakers by Nike, US$200 (S$274)

    Get in touch with your combatant side with this pair of Air Max sneakers that exudes a utilitarian style.

    Available via Ssense

    Photo: Nike

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  • Shop ($200 – $499): Lace-up chunky sole sneakers by Buffalo (S$286)
    13 / 21 Shop ($200 – $499): Lace-up chunky sole sneakers by Buffalo (S$286)

    Add a touch of joy with these bright yellow nubuck leather sneakers by Buffalo. Pair them with a satin midi dress for an intriguing contrast.

    Available via Farfetch

    Photo: Bufaflo

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  • Shop ($200 – $499): Patent leather platform sneakers by Eytys (S$470)
    14 / 21 Shop ($200 – $499): Patent leather platform sneakers by Eytys (S$470)

    White sneakers are a footwear staple for any sneaker-head. Dress up this pair of leather platform sneakers with a flowy mini dress for brunch with your girlfriends.

    (Also read: Send Your Hopelessly Dirty Sneakers Here to Get Them Cleaned for Just $15!)

    Available via Farfetch

    Photo: Eytys

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  • Shop ($200 – $499): Canvas and suede sneakers by Alexander Wang x Adidas Originals, US$250 (S$343)
    15 / 21 Shop ($200 – $499): Canvas and suede sneakers by Alexander Wang x Adidas Originals, US$250 (S$343)

    Comfortable, casual and chic —  this pair of Alexander Wang x Adidas Originals sneakers is everything you’d want your shoes to be.

    Available via Ssense

    Photo: Adidas

     

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  • Shop ($200 – $499): Jersey and faux leather “Huarache” sneakers by Nike, US$210 (S$288)
    16 / 21 Shop ($200 – $499): Jersey and faux leather “Huarache” sneakers by Nike, US$210 (S$288)

    It doesn’t hurt to go bold with your fashion choices sometimes. This pair of bright red Nike “Huarache” sneakers will make you stand out among the crowd.

    Available via Ssense

    Photo: Nike

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  • Steal ($199 and below): Colour-block sneakers by Zara (S$89.90)
    17 / 21 Steal ($199 and below): Colour-block sneakers by Zara (S$89.90)

    Make a statement with this pair of contrasting colour-way sneakers. Complement it with a black leather bandeau and a baby blue skater skirt.

    (Also read: 5 Best Hiking Shoes For Women)

    Available here 

    Photo: Zara

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  • Steal ($199 and below): Canvas and suede sneakers by Michael Michael Kors, US$145 ($199)
    18 / 21 Steal ($199 and below): Canvas and suede sneakers by Michael Michael Kors, US$145 ($199)

    We’re loving this cool pair of sneakers that sports a military green hue with accents of pink and rose gold. It’s feminine, but with an edge.

    Available here 

    Photo: Michael Kors

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  • Steal ($199 and below): Leather and textile sneakers by Reebok Classics, US$145 (S$199)
    19 / 21 Steal ($199 and below): Leather and textile sneakers by Reebok Classics, US$145 (S$199)

    Reminisce your school days with white sneakers. This simple pair from Reebok will look great with a white shirt and navy blue midi skirt.

    Available via Ssense

    Photo: Reebok

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  • Steal ($199 and below): Colour-block sneakers by Zara (S$99.90)
    20 / 21 Steal ($199 and below): Colour-block sneakers by Zara (S$99.90)

    Affordable yet not lacking in style, we like that you can see your cute printed socks through the plastic detail. Nice touch.

    Available here 

    Photo: Zara

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  • Steal ($199 and below): AF-1 “Jester” sneakers by Nike (S$179)
    21 / 21 Steal ($199 and below): AF-1 “Jester” sneakers by Nike (S$179)

    We’re all for the details. This pair of sneakers sports a marble-print sole that is a surprising contrast to the colour block design above.

    (Also read: 15 Fashionable Slip-On Shoes That Will Go With All Your Weekend Outfits)

    Available here

    Photo: Nike

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