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.


Acne Studios


Genetically Modified Trainer

Reebok x Vetements


Heavy Duty Trail Sneaker



Bamba 2

11 by Boris Bidjan Saberi for Salomon


Twinstrike ADV Y2K

adidas Consortium


Tactical Sneaker



High top Sneaker



Response Trail

adidas by Raf Simons


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