Spongy, orthopedic-esq creps are all over the catwalk, and sneaker heavyweights like Nike and Puma have both launched sellout ugly silhouettes to critical acclaim. Take the Nike M2K, its interesting colourways and tiny side swooshes are great to look at, but it’s the ultra-exaggerated midsole that takes it from being just another sneaker release and ascends it into the Dad shoe stratosphere.
Most of the chunky trainers we’ve come across look just as cool when worn with ankle grazers as they do with crew socks and summer shorts. But if you’re unsure of how to style your new sneaks, here are some looks to try.
The Nike M2K is heavily influenced by the Nike Air Monarch, which is arguably the OG of Dad shoes. The shoe was first released in the early 2000s during a simpler time, when Dad trainers were actually worn by Dads and not frequenting the catwalk during New York Fashion Week.
Comprised of a leather upper and cushioned midsole, the shoe’s cutout panels and dreamy colourways blend a 90s-inspired design with a premium aesthetic, the result being a shoe that not only looks the part, but stays true to the fundamental component of the Dad sneaker - unparalleled comfort.
Team your M2Ks with an oversized t-shirt dress and logo socks to really rock that those 90s vibes.
Puma Thunder Electric
Taking inspiration from lightning, the Thunder Electric is taking the sneaker world by storm. Puma’s take on the chunky trainers trend, the shoe is an eclectic mix of exaggerated proportions, contrasting colour accents and a McQueen-inspired aesthetic.
The collection pays homage to the 2005 collaboration between Puma and Alexander McQueen - the iconic McQ range, with 90s-esq pops of colour and an upper comprised of soft mesh and premium nubuck leather. The midsole is crafted from moulded TPU, and a comfortable, mesh-lined toe box adds the finishing touch.
The Puma Electric is the perfect summer shoe. Team yours with cut off denims and a simple bralette to maximise your style impact.
New brand on the block Forena has designed a chunky trainer that blows the competition out of the water.
The upper is crafted from premium suede and leather, with a textile lining to create a snug sock fit that makes the Forena Spirit comfortable enough to wear all day. The colour blocked panels inject some vibrancy into the shoe, resulting in an subtle but eye-catching aesthetic that’s as fun as it is feminine.
Team your Forenas with a pair of Mom-style jeans tucked into an oversized tee for a 90s grunge-inspired effect.
Nike Air Max 95
The ultimate chunky trainer, the Nike Air Max 95 needs no introduction. Taking inspiration from the anatomy of the human body, the shoe’s upper was designed to resemble bones and tendons, and comes in an vast and varied range of colourways. However, it’s the exceptionally chunky Air Sole unit that adds unrivalled comfort that cements the Air Max 95’s place in Dad Trainer history.
Show off your Air Max 95s with a pair of checkered trousers and simple cropped tee for effortless cool-girl style.
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