After a heated debate with myself, I’ve decided I’m 100 percent pro-dad sneakers. Though this chunky shoe trend started a few seasons ago, retailers are fully stocked up on elevated and remixed kicks for the winter 2021/22 season. (Hot tip: Chunky sneakers look especially great when paired with a maxi dress or a snuggle-into-me knit sweater.) This list of trendy sneakers includes options that come in all kinds of colors, from pastel pinks and blues to a few bolder black-and-white options.
Some brands are even creating edgy, chunky soles that go beyond your regular dad kicks; others are playing with neon laces and other prints. It all goes to show that chunky sneakers aren’t going anywhere this season, if at all. If you have yet to find your dad sneaker solemate, I’m here to help. I found a bunch of the best, chunkiest, pairs to shop right now and at every price point imaginable. (And if you need a guide to how to clean sneakers, we’ve got that too.) Happy shopping!
STAUD x New Balance 574 Suede and Mesh Sneakers
The ongoing STAUD x New Balance collaboration is truly the gift that keeps on giving. The fashion set is obsessed with everything the two brands work on, so snag these sneakers before they sell out.
Nike W Air Max Genome Sneaker
For an updated look on a classic silhouette, consider this pair of Nikes in this shocking pink-and-white colorway.
PUMA x June Ambrose Regal RS Renegade High Top Sneaker
PUMA teamed up with celebrity stylist June Ambrose for this pair of high-top sneakers, and the fashionable know-how is evident.
Off-White Out of Office Sneaker
I have been eyeing these baby pink sneakers from Off-White for such a long time, so it might just be time to splurge.
P448 Thea Sneaker
If you’re not super into sneakers that are covered in logos, consider this pair from P448 that has a sneaky perforated design on the side.
Veja Condor 2 Sneaker
Veja is one of the fashion set’s favorite sneaker brands, and for good reason. Besides being, well, cute, this pair is made from 100 percent recycled materials.
Fila Sandenal Sneaker
On the other side of the color wheel sits this pair of gray sneakers from Fila. Perfect for the office or running errands!
Nike Air Max 2021 Sneaker
Another day, another pair of Nikes that have landed on my wishlist. This purple-and-white pair has currently caught my eye.
Reebok x Cardi Coated Club C Double Platform Sneaker
If you’re over wearing your basic white sneakers, try this pair from Reebok’s ongoing collaboration with Cardi B that features a bold black sole.
PUMA California Sneaker
Or, if you want a pair of white sneakers that comes with just a *touch* of black detailing, check out this subtle pair from PUMA.
Superga 2790 Platform Sneaker
Italian shoemaker Superga is beloved by celebrities like Hailey Bieber. This platform pair puts a low-key spin on the word “chunky.”
Madewell Kickoff Trainer Sneakers
Betcha didn’t know that Madewell also has a totally cool range of sneakers on its site! This peach-hued pair is a little better for the wintertime than your average white option.
Gola Coaster Peak High-Top Sneakers
Are they sneakers? Are they boots? This pair of shoes from Gola is the best of both worlds.
Topshop Como Chunky Sneakers
My inner ‘90s baby is freaking out over this pair of graphic black-and-white sneakers from Topshop.
Alexander McQueen Suede-Trimmed Leather Exaggerated-Sole Sneakers
Or, if you want a pair of two-toned sneakers that is slightly more subtle, how cute is this pair from Alexander McQueen?
Billini Stassi Chunky Sneaker
I prefer a cream-colored sneaker in the wintertime, and this pair from Billini fits the bill to perfection.
Public Desire Fiyah Chunky Sneakers
Amp up your basic white sneaker look with this pair from Public Desire that features black accents on the laces.