Proof "Dad Shoes" Are the Next Big Sneaker Trend

Lauren Eggertsen

We have witnessed our fair share of sneaker trends this year, whether it be pastel sneakers, sock-boot sneakers, or slip-on sneakers, but the sneaker trend that is currently dominating the fashion scene is definitely one for the books. At first, it was hard to pinpoint what the style we were suddenly seeing everywhere reminded us of, but then it hit us—it reminded us of our dads. Or at least a dad somewhere who wears jeans that are two sizes too big, a half-zip sweatshirt, and sneakers that are semi-awkward, kind of puffy, and far from "cutting-edge."

We know what you're thinking—yes, these dad sneakers we speak of are officially a fashion favorite, despite their otherwise "ugly" character traits. First of all, "ugly" trends have been psychologically proven to make you feel better about yourself, so trying this new sneaker style could be the boost to your mood you didn't know you needed. Second, these shoes have this strange ability to make whatever you're wearing look infinitely cooler. It's almost like the frumpy qualities combined with the chicness of your outfit cancel out their unflattering traits altogether. (Don't ask us to do that math for you on that one.)

Regardless of your opinion on the matter, dad sneakers are a thing, and we have the street style shots and the products to prove it. Retailers across the board including Net-a-Porter, Zara, Barneys, and H&M are all stocked with different variations of this new 2017 sneaker trend, and we can't wait for you to shop some of them yourself.

Go on to check out this new sneaker trend in action, and be sure to shop the dad sneakers we love afterward.

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