It is no mystery that the industry is inundated with what many traditional sneakerheads might deem unsightly, or even in the most extreme cases, outright ugly silhouettes. However, what does tend to get forgotten is that fathers around the world once pioneered the unsightly sneaker trend, never failing to wear some of the best purpose-built runners. As gluttons for function over form, a Dad’s typical footwear choice was never really an aesthetic triumph, yet today, they are pioneering what is deemed “fashionable.”

Below we have rounded up eight of the best Dad runners available to buy right now. In our selection you will find options from Acne Studios, hike-ready Salomon boots fit for the 21st century fashion crowd, as well as some beetle-crushing Vetements kicks.

Enjoy the selection below and let us know which ones you will be picking up in the comment section following.

Sofiane

Acne Studios

$510

Genetically Modified Trainer

Reebok x Vetements

$990

Heavy Duty Trail Sneaker

Eytys

$340

Bamba 2

11 by Boris Bidjan Saberi for Salomon

$595

Twinstrike ADV Y2K

adidas Consortium

$199

Tactical Sneaker

OAMC

$696

High top Sneaker

Camper

$277

Response Trail

adidas by Raf Simons

$458

For more Dad-related paraphernalia, we rounded up six of the best slippers to top off any staycation.

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