Fashion Girls Keep Wearing the Shoes You Hate With Leggings


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Another day, another chat about the polarizing trend of the year: “dad” sneakers. By now you probably have a strong opinion on the “ugly” kicks (aka love or loathe). But given that fashion people everywhere won’t stop wearing the clunksters in a variety of different ways, it’s evident they’re not really going away anytime soon—so you’re going to have to get used to seeing them no matter your feelings.

When it comes to the look du jour among the street style set as of late, it’s all about “dad” sneakers and leggings. Throughout the last few months and even during fashion week, if someone stepped out in sneakers, it was almost always this trainer silhouette with their leggings. To showcase, we rounded up how fashion people are wearing their leggings with the sneakers now to inspire you or nudge you closer to the thought of dipping your toe into the “ugly trend” pool.


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Now, this is the ensemble you’ll basically want to live in all winter long with the sneakers, leggings, cozy sweater, and puffer.


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Add polish to your leggings and “ugly” sneakers by layering a black dress and adding an on-trend parka.


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For a “downtown” vibe, pair cropped leggings with white sneakers, a graphic tee, and a utility coat.


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Really want to go for it? Test out patterned leggings (or a bodysuit) with your kicks, complete with a statement-making dress.


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Stay cozy all season long with your “dad” sneakers, leggings, a pullover, and a furry coat.


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If the all-black look is more your speed, pair your clunksters and black leggings with a coordinating coat and accessories.


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Keep it simple yet elevated with your leggings, sneakers, a knit, and a topcoat.

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Bobby Schuessler
Market Director

Bobby Schuessler is a fashion editor with over a decade of editorial experience covering shopping, style, and beauty. He's spent over seven years at Who What Wear, currently leading the market team to deliver highly covetable and convertible content. He creates data-driven shopping guides featuring top retialers like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter and is at the forefront of Who What Wear's shopping tentpole strategies, including Amazon Prime Day. He also works on branded content initiatives and appears on camera in video and shopping livestream franchises. He has also worked across a variety of other media brands and fashion retailers like Refinery29, PureWow, Men's Health, and Gilt covering commerce, trend reporting, women's and men's fashion, home, and lifestyle.