Raf Simons' Ozweegos are to thank for igniting the colossal dad shoe trend all those years ago. Also known as chunky sneakers, this type of footwear is a relatively recent addition to the style world that doesn’t seem to be losing momentum.
Balenciaga’s SS18 menswear show was a memorable point in the history of these footwear clunkers, as it showcased Parisian fathers and kids on the runway sporting turbo trainers. Given their success, it doesn’t come as a surprise that prominent fashion houses including Fendi, Maison Margiela, and Gucci have released their own renditions over the years. Among the most impressive luxury brand releases are the Stella McCartney Eclypse, Gucci Chunky SEGA sneaker, Calvin Klein Marvin, and Versace Squalo.
Though some may call them ugly, often affectionately, the shoes also scream comfort, resulting in major sports brands delivering some spectacular models, such as the Nike Zoom X Vista Grind, PUMA Thunder Electric, Opening Ceremony x Skechers Energy, and, of course, the adidas YEEZY Boost 700 Wave Runner.
Without a doubt, no other shoe trend has had a unisex appeal as widespread as chunky sneakers in the last decade. So without further ado, find our roundup of the most memorable dad shoes available to buy right now below.
Maison Margiela Work Ankle Boots
Brand: Maison Margiela
Model: Work Ankle Boots
Key Features: Suede upper, leathering lining, lace-up front, oversized tongue, round toe, and chunky rubber sole.
Release Date: June 2019
Editor’s Notes: Never one to shy away from outlandish designs, Maison Margiela made its own version of a hip-hop style staple—the ubiquitous 6-inch wheat boot that was seen all over New York sidewalks. Dubbed the Work Ankle Boots, this particular pair keeps the padded collar and adds new panels to the upper and dials the sole up to 11.
Maison Margiela’s Work Ankle Boots feature a suede upper with leather lining. Boasting an oversized tongue and a lace-up front, the out-of-this-world sole certainly draws attention to the bottom of the silhouette.
Nike Zoom X Vista Grind
Model: Zoom X Vista Grind
Key Features: The sneaker pairs a sleek, sporty upper made of translucent synthetic material with an extremely bulky sole. The sole unit features windows that reveal neon green Zoom X foam. The upper comes in volt with contrasting hits of black and orange.
Release Date: July 2019
Editor’s Notes: Part of Nike Women’s Summer 2019 lineup, the Nike Zoom X Vista Grind made its debut in the eye-catching launch colorway above. The silhouette was one of the standout styles previewed in early March 2019, juxtaposing a sleek upper with a chunky midsole. The Zoom X Vista Grind takes Nike’s marathon aesthetic and flips it for the street, turning a racing sneaker into a bold and sporty lifestyle kick.
Opening Ceremony x Skechers "Energy"
Brand: Opening Ceremony x Skechers
Key Features: The Opening Ceremony x Skechers Energy is offered in white, black, and brown colorways, featuring a semi-transparent upper revealing monochromatic branding. The sneaker also has a chunky outsole.
Release Date: August 2019
Buy: Opening Ceremony
Editor’s Notes: Opening Ceremony and Skechers came together for the first time ever to collaborate on one of Skechers’ most recognized silhouettes, the Energy, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the sneaker. The Energy debuted with Britney Spears in 1999 and went on to become one of the more sought-after sneakers of the 2000s.
Here, we find the Energy taking on a chic style with a chunky outsole. The sneaker boasts a semi-transparent upper revealing monochromatic branding. Optioned in white, black, and brown colorways, you can find the Opening Ceremony x Skechers Energy available exclusively through Opening Ceremony.
Key Features: Versace’s new Squalo sneaker is unisex, featuring leather details with signature Versace top-stitching, an embroidered Versace logo on the tongue, and the Medusa in the outsole.
Release Date: October 2019
Price: $875 to $1,650
Editor’s Notes: Following a debut during the men’s FW19 runway show, Versace officially introduced its all-new sneaker, the Squalo. The Squalo is a unisex silhouette that draws inspiration from the anatomy of the great white shark. Subsequently, the sneaker’s sharp lines of the outsole are designed to resemble the animal’s teeth. As a celebration of the brand’s heritage, the Squalo incorporates leather details featuring signature Versace top-stitching, while the Versace logo is embroidered on the tongue, and the Medusa is hidden in the outsole.
Optioned in multiple colorways and material executions, Versace’s new unisex Squalo sneaker is priced from $875 to $1,650.
Key Features: A leather, suede, and mesh upper, reflective logo details, and a rugged outsole.
Release Date: August 2018
Price: $65 to $125
Editor’s Notes: Originally launched in South Korea in March 2017, Umbro's Bumpy sneakers dropped the following year in the EU, selling out in just three days.
The sneakers feature a leather, suede, and mesh upper, along with subtle Umbro branding, back pull loop, reflective panels, and chunky sole made out of phylon and synthetic rubber.
Ash Addict Sneaker
Model: Addict Sneaker
Key Features: The upper is constructed using a mixture of mesh, suede, Nappa calf leather, and nubuck. The multi-layered, chunky rubber outsole takes clear design cues from Balenciaga’s Triple S, with thick laces rounding off the look.
Release Date: March 2018
Editor’s Notes: Womenswear brand Ash, which previously collaborated with CDG PLAY Heart designer Filip Pagowski, joined the bulky sneaker trend with its very own “Addict” sneaker. The silhouette is reminiscent of a fusion between the Dior Homme B22 and Balenciaga Triple S, taking design cues from both of the chunky sneakers.
The Addict sneaker is a cost-effective alternative to some of the other high-end silhouettes on the market and perfect for those that want a fashion sneaker but don’t want to shell out nearly $1,000.
Although a womenswear brand, the Addict can be worn by anyone, thanks to its unisex design. Ash’s offering comes in three colorways: an all-white affair, a white/blush version, and a black/red/yellow iteration.
Just Cavalli P1thon
Brand: Just Cavalli
Key Features: Leather and mesh uppers, a python pattern, Just Cavalli branding at the tongue, a chunky sole, and hiker-style laces.
Release Date: May 2019
Editor’s Notes: Just Cavalli introduced the P1thon sneaker as a part of its Pre-Fall 2019 collection, a sporty silhouette inspired by reptiles. The shape of the shoe was meant to mimic the concept of a snake’s movement, paired with a stylized flame on the upper, representing its uncontrollability.
The P1thon is predominantly done up in leather and mesh, with a textured python pattern. The sneaker also boasts an on-trend chunky sole, coming equipped with hiker-style laces.
Featured above are five unisex iterations of Just Cavalli’s P1thon sneaker.
Fendi FF Trainer
Model: FF Trainer
Key Features: Leather upper, layered black mesh, brown panels printed with Fendi’s FF logo, chunky black bubble sole with embossed branding on the back, FF rubber plaque on the tongue, white leather lining, black mesh insole.
Release Date: January 2019
Editor’s Notes: Fendi debuted the new FF Trainer during its SS19 runway show and the chunky sneaker has since made its way to retail.
The Italian-made shoe is predominantly composed of leather and mesh, showcasing the fashion house’s iconic FF logo printed throughout. Above, you’ll find a chunky black bubble sole unit embossed with Fendi branding across the back.
Key Features: Suede and leather uppers, leather lining, a Vibram sole, and minimal branding.
Release Date: February 2019
Price: $478 (Grey Suede), $497 (Smoke Kudu and Black Horsehide)
Editor’s Notes: Heritage boot maker Viberg began development of its own sneaker program after sampling products for Nike and Jordan Brand. The label currently has three silhouettes in its arsenal, including the chunky Sneaker.
The Sneaker is available through Viberg’s website in three colorways: “Black Horsehide,” “Grey Suede” and “Smoke Kudu.” The uppers are done up in suede and/or leather, while a Vibram sole rests below. The overall design of the Sneaker is noticeably minimal, albeit quality is clearly a focal point.
The Sneaker is made at Viberg’s Victoria factory, accounting for the only sneaker currently manufactured entirely in Canada. If you’re into any of the three colorways that are available, you can pick up your size online.
Bottega Veneta Speedster
Brand: Bottega Veneta
Key Features: Calf and mesh uppers, a chunky sole, a leather-lined insole, embossed branding on the tongue, hand-painted leather edges, flexible rubber outsole and two sets of flat laces.
Release Date: February 2019
Price: $790 - $990
Buy: Bottega Veneta
Editor’s Notes: Featured throughout the label’s SS19 presentation, Bottega Veneta launched its new Speedster sneaker in 2019. The silhouette mimics the overall design of a classic running shoe, outfitted with a chunky sole.
Bottega Veneta initially delivered the Speedster in five colorways, three done up in calf leather and two in calf leather and technical mesh. The sneaker is detailed with hand-painted leather edges, welcoming embossed branding on the leather tongue. Furthermore, the Speedster is lined in leather and comes equipped with two sets of flat laces.
Key Features: Canvas and suede uppers, a rounded toe, a 3D-embroidered rainbow, sidewall-stitched sole with molded rubber, cork insole, padded tongue and collar, and two sets of laces.
Release Date: March 2019
Editor’s Notes: Eytys referenced the late ’90’s re-interpretation of the ’70s for its Sonic silhouette. A modern translation of the oversized sneakers of that time, the Sonic stands out due to its chunky design.
Eytys’ Sonic was initially available in three colorways: a tan canvas pair, as well as red and black suede sets. In addition to the bulky sole, the sneaker welcomes a 3D-embroidered rainbow graphic.
Outdoor Voices x HOKA ONE ONE "Bondi B"
Brand: Outdoor Voices x HOKA ONE ONE
Model: Bondi B
Key Features: Ripstop collar, iridescent midfoot overlays, foam package upper material, CMEVA midsole for lightweight cushioning, high abrasion rubber on the outsole for durability, Meta-Rocker technology for a smooth ride, and bungee laces.
Release Date: May 2019
Buy: Hoka One One
Editor’s Notes: Following their April 2019 collaboration on the OV Clifton, HOKA ONE ONE and Outdoor Voices delivered once again together for another sneaker release. This time around Outdoor Voices revitalized the Bondi B, HOKA’s original ultra-cushioned model from 2011.
OV provides the extra chunky silhouette with hits of yellow and pink livening up the predominantly white and grey upper. Outdoor Voices and HOKA ONE ONE branding are then showcased in metallic silver, while pink laces accompany the pair.
Designed to be worn both on the streets and out for a run, the Outdoor Voices x HOKA ONE ONE Bondi B are one of a kind.
FILA Disruptor Strappy Sandal
Model: Disruptor Strappy Sandal
Key Features: The sandal borrows its bulky rubber sole unit from the OG Disruptor sneaker, with only slight modifications made to make the sole unit sandal-appropriate. The white mesh upper features blue and red hook-and-loop fasteners across the forefoot, as well as a heel strap with FILA branding.
Release Date: May 2019
Editor’s Notes: A heavy tread on the forefoot transitions to a normal tread at the heel, with FILA’s traditional white, blue, and red color scheme on the upper. Although it’s a women’s style, guys have embraced the Disruptor, too, spawning memes that play on the sneaker’s bulky look, especially when paired with skinny pants.
New Balance WX608W
Brand: New Balance
Key Features: The chunky runner in women’s sizing comes in three colorways and features a primarily leather upper construction with several over and underlays, adding to the silhouette’s bulk. New Balance branding is seen on the sides, heel, and tongue, while a thick white midsole rounds out the look.
Release Date: December 2018
Buy: Resell sites like eBay, Grailed, StockX and GOAT
Editor’s Notes: The New England brand’s 900 series is its most popular among sneakerheads, with the WX608W passing under the radar. Retailing for just over $100, it’s also a cost-efficient alternative to other, more expensive chunky kicks out there.
Maison Margiela Security
Brand: Maison Margiela
Key Features: The bright red and yellow colorway is the one that first draws your attention, but it’s the “Dirty Treatment” smudging on the yellow suede and white midsole that keeps it.
Release Date: January 2019
Resale Price: $596
Editor’s Notes: Aside from factory-fresh filth, the sneakers feature a red leather and mesh upper, with a bright yellow suede mudguard, and chunky white soles. There is also a grey and white colorway available.