The "Dad" sneaker might have been appropriated by those mostly under the age of 25, but not every Dad is in favor of the '90s athleisure look for their feet. Although Father's Day is behind us this year, it’s never too late to outfit your dad with a new pair of sneakers (besides, do we really need a dedicated day to bring joy to one of the most important people in our lives?).
Our team of curators has given this selection extra attention, picking out sneakers that apply to a range of different dad activities. Everything from mowing the lawn to falling asleep in front of the TV is covered by our list below, which includes offerings from Thom Browne, HOKA, New Balance, and many more dad-approved brands.
Scroll through our selection below, upgrade your dad’s shoe game, and make him happy — all at the same time!
Shop the best sneakers for your dad below
Mowing the Lawn
So your Dad is the traditional type? The kind of dad who loves the peace and quiet he gets when he mows the lawn every Saturday? Then you’ll definitely want to get him a pair from our selection above. The Merrell 1TRL sneakers feature a super breathable, big-hole mesh desigh, ensuring that your dad will be comfortable while ensuring your front lawn looks the part. If you have a bigger budget, A-COLD-WALL*’s Mock Sneakers are an elevated version of Merrell’s classic Jungle Moc.
Going to Work
While it’s an outdated concept that men are the breadwinners in the family, it’s highly likely that your dad has a job and — pandemic-allowing — heads into the office every now and then. If he’s the type who likes to dress up and add a little formal flair to his outfit, we’ve got just the shoes for him. Our Thom Browne x Highsnobiety heritage sneakers are made using high-quality leather, but aren’t too stuffy, as they can be paired with a more relaxed, business-casual outfit. Our J.M. Weston collab, on the other hand, is the ultimate luxury penny loafer.
Lounging Around at Home
Does your dad just hang about sometimes? Maybe he falls asleep in front of the TV, or sits on the terrace and admires his aforementioned lawn-mowing. If he’s the lounging type, you’ll want to get your dad some stylish, but comfortable shoes to wear around the house. The Keen Yogui is so dad that it’s almost cool, while the Rick Owens x Birkenstock Boston is an elevated take on a shoe that needs to be in every self-respecting dad’s rotation.
Everyone knows how much dads love a good walk. That’s why we had to include the New Balance 990v5, which is one of the best walking shoes around. It’s comfortable, stylish, and functional. What more could a dad want? If your dad wants to be less mainstream, the On Cloudnova is a great option, as he’ll probably be the only one of the block wearing these bad boys.
Even though the dad shoe trend has made ugly, bulky sneakers cool in the past few years, everyone knows that feeling when your dad breaks out an especially hideous pair, and you’d prefer not to be seen around them in public. If you get a little embarrassed from time to time (and we’d put money on your dad knowing and enjoying every moment), why not upgrade his rotation with a pair of advanced dad shoes? The Balenciaga Track Sandals are as advanced as they come, as is the HOKA ONE ONE Hopara, both of which are half sandal, half shoe.
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