Dadcore Is Back: 6 Shoe Styles Defining the Trend Right Now
Given the chatter over dainty Cinderella-esque stilettos and skyscraper platforms last year, we were all due for the pendulum to swing the other way. And you can say that it has definitely shifted. Casual, low-maintenance shoes have been at the forefront of fashion's dadcore renaissance, and notable styles like Birkenstock's Boston Clogs and Ugg boots are leading the charge. The trend is a nice change of pace for an industry that notoriously favors hard-core heels and toe-pinching silhouettes, as these shoes are easy on the feet.
Not too long ago, shoes like Uggs and clogs were on the fringes of the trend cycle, so it's a bit unusual to see them embraced among fashion insiders all over the world. But fashion people have been styling them in surprisingly chic ways that make even the most dubious person reconsider. With the proliferation of weathered biker jackets, baggy parachute pants, and oversize button-down shirts as well, I guess looking like a dad is here to stay.
To check out the styles that are defining the dadcore wave right now, keep scrolling below.
Birkenstock Boston Clogs
When one of my friends mentioned that Boston Clogs were coming back in 2020, I almost didn't believe him. But true to his New Yorker sensibilities, he was, in fact, one step ahead. Fast-forward to 2022, Birkenstock's Boston Clogs are one of the most popular shoes of the year. So much so that it's almost impossible to catch them when they're not sold out. The shearling-lined versions are a fashion-person favorite, but the leather versions are just as cool when styled with tube socks and denim.
Ugg boots have had their ups and downs within the trend cycle, but consider this season (and year) to be a high point. The hysteria has persuaded me to dig out my own pair, and I've been wearing them with jeans and joggers during busy days in place of sneakers. While all of its variations (from mini to short and tall) are popular, the newest Ugg platform boots are as coveted by hypebeasts as any recent Nike drop.
If you've been in the know, the appearance of New Balance on this list shouldn't surprise you. Styles like the 550s and 990s are regulars in any fashion person's wardrobe, but it's still intriguing to witness the brand's transformation from dad footwear to an It-sneaker brand. To get the look that's been a particular favorite, try wearing them with chunky socks and cool, elevated sweatpants.
Clarks Wallabee Shoes
Another style to join the chorus of dadcore shoes is Clarks's Wallabee boots. Part boot, part shoe, they're a bit more complex to style, but taking note from the streetwear crowd, the Wallabees look particularly good with baggy pants and denim. The Wallabees are a great option to consider if you're looking for a new entry to your winter footwear lineup.
Ugg Tasman Slippers
The Ugg mania doesn't stop at boots. One of the brand's most notable recent styles, the Tasman, has been spotted on street style favorites like Elsa Hosk and Gigi Hadid. Part of its appeal lies in its ease, as the mules feel like slippers—and who doesn't want the sensation of clouds on their feet? There's also the benefit of a platform for an added bit of height and comfort.
Adidas Samba Sneakers
Rounding out this list is a sneaker icon, the Adidas Samba. The soccer-inspired sneakers with a slimed-down profile and simple design look especially stylish with minimalist outfits. It's virtually impossible to scroll through Instagram without spotting them on every It girl making the rounds, which is all the endorsement I need.