We never thought we’d see a day when the nerds infiltrated the fashion crowd, but 2019 is officially it. Merging an entire fad trend based on the likes of Steve Jobs, the Full House cast, and Phil Dunphy from Modern Family, 90s style dad sneakers are back with a vengeance for ladies and gents alike.
Nike always manages to bridge the gap between too Dad, and not Dad enough. This androgynous training shoe is lightweight but supportive, and actually debuted almost 20 years ago in 2002. However, its lack of bells and whistles are what have skyrocketed it to normcore fame today, still holding on to a very reasonable price point.
Somehow, there’s nothing more Dad, nor more hipster than the classically chunky and affordable Fila Disrupter. An almost glaringly white gym shoe, these 90s kicks used to be worn with high, cinched jeans, but are now worn with skinnies thanks to their refreshing new color-ways and updated leather accents.
Yeezy is at the top of the high fashion game nowadays, so it’s kind of surprising that they’d also be leading the charge in Dad sneakers, right? Gracing shelves in 2017, the muted color way and geometric sensibility look clearly inspired by past decades and hold onto the boxy, chunky look. The first color way was teal, black, and orange with a grey base, but is super rare.
This is the ultimate high brow meets low brow. If you’re willing to drop some skrilla on your kicks for the flyest look that will definitely garner attention (both positive and negative), the Triple S by Balenciaga might be the daredevil sneaker you’ve been waiting for your whole life.
The Aztrek by Reebok doubles as fresh pops-inspired sneakers while doubling as your new favourite running shoe.If you don’t feel like spending Balenciaga level money on your dad shoes, because they were, after all, inspired by Jerry Seinfeld and not Karl Lagerfeld, these are probably a good middle ground.