When it comes to the most polarizing trends out there, “dad” sneakers pretty much hit the top of the list. For the last few seasons, these “ugly” kicks have cropped up in just about every iteration imaginable, with seemingly every brand on the planet releasing its own version. While many of you have been all for the look, I know there’s a group of you who have always been on the fence (myself included). Sure, they’re unique in a technical kind of way and give off ’90s nostalgia vibes (Skechers, anyone?), but the chunky nature has always seemed a bit intimidating. Well, regardless of your views, it looks like the silhouette is sticking around next year—with a twist.
I chatted with Dan Bisson, editor of accessories and footwear at trend forecasting company WGSN, to discuss the longevity of the trend. While he mentioned the continued popularity of dad sneakers, it looks like the chunky design will get an update in 2019, something more in the utility column.
“I believe that the rise in outdoor hiking trends will introduce the trail sneaker as the next ‘must-have’ sneaker for 2019,” he tells us. “This will replace some of the thick-soled designs, appealing to not only the city goers but those wanting to explore country landscapes.”
What do you think? Would you wear chunky “trail sneakers” in the coming months? If you’re on the fence, testing out thick-sole dad sneakers first may be the way to go to see if you like the thick-soled look in general. For inspiration, keep scrolling to check out how the street elite are wearing the design, and then go a bit further to shop chunkier kicks and trail-inspired sneakers.
A pair of black “ugly” sneakers adds sophistication to a more tailored ensemble.