(Last Updated 3 hours by Dianne Gama)
Do you remember the last time you saw someone wearing a pair of chunky, unattractive sneakers and wondered, “why on earth would anyone wear those?” Well, those are what we call “dad shoes”! They got their name because they’re the type of shoes that our dads used to wear in the 90s and early 2000s.
For a long time, dad shoes were considered unfashionable and ugly. People didn’t want to be caught dead wearing them, and they were often relegated to the back of the closet or only worn for practical purposes like gardening or hiking.
But then, something funny happened. A few years ago, dad shoes started making a comeback. All of a sudden, it was cool to wear these chunky, unattractive shoes again. Celebrities started wearing them, and fashion magazines featured them in their editorials. The trend caught on like wildfire, and before we knew it, dad shoes were all the rage.
So, what happened? How did dad shoes go from being the butt of fashion jokes to being a must-have item in our wardrobes? Well, there are a few reasons.
First, fashion is cyclical. That means that things that used to be popular but fell out of fashion eventually come back around again. Dad shoes are a perfect example of this. They were popular in the 90s and early 2000s, and now they’re back in style.
Second, the rise of the dad shoe trend coincided with a larger trend toward “ugly” fashion. Over the past few years, we’ve seen an influx of clothing and accessories that are intentionally unattractive. Things like oversized jackets, baggy pants, and clunky sneakers have all become trendy because they’re not conventionally beautiful. In a way, dad shoes fit right in with this trend.
Finally, dad shoes are just really comfortable. They have thick soles and good arch support, which makes them perfect for walking around all day. Plus, they’re versatile – you can wear them with anything from Jeans to Dresses.
Let us take a look at Several sneakers that have emerged as iconic examples of this style.
ASICS GEL-Kayano 5 OGThese sneakers have a retro running shoe design with a thick sole and a mix of suede and mesh materials, and have been updated with new colors and collaborations.
Puma Thunder SneakersThese sneakers have a bold design with a mix of materials, a chunky sole, and vibrant colorways, and have been worn by celebrities and athletes.
Nike Air Vapormax Plus Women's Sz.These sneakers feature a classic design with a thick white sole. Shoes are comfy and feel like you’re walking on air.
adidas Originals Women's Astir SneakerThese sneakers have a retro-inspired design with a bulky shape and bold colorways, and are popular among sneakerheads and fashion enthusiasts.
New Balance Women's Fresh Foam Crag Trail V2 SneakerThese chunky sneakers have become an iconic “dad shoe” style, with a mix of leather and mesh materials and a comfortable fit.
Fila Disruptor 2These sneakers have a distinct 90s-inspired style with a chunky sole and a mix of leather and synthetic materials, and have gained popularity among younger consumers.
Reebok Classic Leather LegacyThese sneakers have a timeless design with a low-cut profile, a leather upper, and a thick sole, and have been reissued with new colorways and materials.
Beau Today Women's Chunky Sneakers Platform Dad Shoes for WomenHigh-quality synthetic leather mixed with other materials. These fashion shoes are suitable for daily use, such as casual walks, shopping, travel or day wear.
Fila Women's Disruptor II SneakerThe chunky FILA Disruptor ll is a fashionable lifestyle model. Constructed with a durable leather upper, they also feature prominent FILA branding, textile, padded tongue/collar, chunky midsole, and a rubber outsole. FILA Women’s Disruptor II Premium 5xm00817-661 is first released in July 2020.
So there you have it – the rise of the dad shoe trend! Who would have thought that something so unattractive could become so cool? But that’s the beauty of fashion – it’s always changing, and what’s in one day might be out the next.