Balenciaga was named the hottest brand in fashion this year and a lot of that came down to the popularity of its footwear, more specifically the God of “ugly” sneakers, the Balenciaga Triple S.

It could be considered a 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 older ‘heads around the world once pioneered the unsightly sneaker trend, turning up in some of the best purpose-built runners. Today, brands like K-SWISS, FILA, and New Balance are all trying their hands at “dad sneakers.”

Below, we’ve rounded up our favorite chunky sneakers from the past year in what might be your last chance to cop them and be a part of 2017’s most popular trend.

As always, we’ve included something for every budget.

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