Say what you want about chunky sneakers, but since its 2017 debut, this "ugly" sneaker style has been a widely popular choice of footwear for its unique and old school vibe. Nowadays, it's not only considered a streetwear icon, but it’s also firmly established itself in the high fashion market. And whether you love or you hate this polarizing design, we’re here to tell you that chunky dad sneakers are still here to stay.
See what we mean? However, three years can be quite a long stretch in the trend-driven world of fashion. Newer styles always inevitably come to replace the old ones. That’s why we’re listing the five pairs that still matter today. So ready your wallets and shop our picks down below!
Here are all the chunky sneakers you ought to add to your growing collection.
Nike x Stussy Air Zoom Spiridon Cage 2
Nike’s original Air Zoom Spiridon just got a fresh new update. Originally released in 2003, the retro running shoe was revived by Nike and Stussy’s latest collaboration. Although they stayed true to its OG design, they tweaked certain details to give it a modernized streetwear look. Currently featuring an open knit mesh with woven textile overlays and a 3D swoosh logo, this sought-after pair has become a massive hit and now comes in a variety of strong colorways.
Nike x Stussy Air Zoom Spiridon Cage 2, P7645, NIKE, nike.com/ph
New Balance 530
Who knew that our high school P.E. shoes could be the epitome of coolness now? Influencers and celebrities all seem to be trading out their classic white sneakers for this chunky white pair. And like them, we can’t seem to deny its appeal. These New Balance 530s perfectly align with our stylish retro obsession, while maintaining its ugly dad sneaker vibe. Plus, you can pair it with just about anything in your closet, and it’ll most definitely be Instagram approved.
New Balance 530, P4995, NEW BALANCE, zeus.ph
As you can already tell, we're hungover with all things nostalgic. Making its first debut in 1996, the futuristic Ozweego model has gone through many design reiterations. However, its 2019 makeover seems to be the one we’re all eyeing to bag. This update boasts of an adiPRENE/adiPRENE+ heel cushioning to maximize comfortability, and is highlighted by its mesh and suede deets. For the sportier girls out there, you can take this as the perfect shoe to match with your favourite athleisure sets.
Adidas Ozweego, P6500, ADIDAS, adidas.com.ph
Nike M2K Tekno
Looking for a shoe to compliment your edgy Y2K 'fit? This may be the one for you. If you’re an avid follower of the sportswear brand, you may recall the 2002 release of the Nike Air Monarch. If you do, then you’ll certainly be familiar with the design elements of their M2K Tekno. Wanting to ride on with the wave of chunky sneakers while paying homage to the retro Air Monarch, designers of this shoe made this especially with women in mind, and ultimately bring back the authentic 2000s feel.
M2K Tekno, P4995, NIKE, nike.com/ph
Last 2018, fans of the Yeezy product line all awaited the release of the Yeezy 500. Straying away from its former models’ prime knit material, this new pair is constructed with a quality suede exterior, thick gum rubber sole, and breathable mesh underlays. But the best part may lie in the muted and earth toned colorways of the shoe. From sandy beige to sage green, think of how well these colours could pair with a monochromatic look, or how it can easily elevate those lazy loungewear sets.
Yeezy 500 in Blush/Desert Rat, 455USD (approximately P22,011), ADIDAS, farfetch.com