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.

Trailblazer Suede Sneaker

FILA

$70

DMX Run 10

Reebok

$140

A3 Twinstrike

adidas Originals

$90

ST329 CMF

K-Swiss

$75

ST329 CMF

K-Swiss

$75

ST329 CMF

K-Swiss

$75

Air Monarch IV

Nike

$48

Air Humara

Nike

$91

Ozweego III

adidas by Raf Simons

$390

Neoprene Running Sneakers

ami

$540

Mono Runner

Our Legacy

$396

Sofiane

Acne Studios

$510

Sami-High Top

Acne Studios

$560

Rhyton

Gucci

$820

Genetically Modified Trainer

Reebok x Vetements

No Offers

Ozweego

The Shoe Surgeon x Farfetch

$2927

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