Allow Me to Present the Next Wave of the "Ugly" Sneaker

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Every trend has a bell curve; popularity climbs and climbs and climbs until it doesn't. As much as we love the chunky dad sneakers that have dominated 2018, at some point, the chunky-soled styles will give way to something new. If we were to take bets on what that might be, our money would be all in on Velcro sneakers. Think of these hassle-free shoes as the pared-down sibling to those over-the-top styles you've seen on the feet of all your favorite trendsetters.

While Velcro offers the same "so uncool it's actually cool" aesthetic that have made dad sneakers a favorite, there's a bit more room to pick your own level of commitment. Some styles skew minimalist while others are a statement dressers dream; this trend definitely isn't one size fits all. So if you're ready to give Velcro sneakers a try (trust us, you are), get ready to embrace your inner child and shop our favorite styles below.