10 ‘ugly’ dad sneaker styles from Calvin Klein to Valentino for you to steal the show like Bella Hadid did
The ugly sneaker/dad sneaker trend is showing no signs of abating, with the shoes a favourite of style icons from Kendall Jenner to Hailey Baldwin. Here are 10 of the hottest pairs around right now
The “ugly sneaker” trend spawned by Balenciaga has now become the “dad sneaker” trend because it’s not politically correct to call something ugly, even if, to some, they undoubtedly are.
It’s all part of the industry’s recent mining of the street for “authenticity” which has, among other things, seen skate brand Supreme create a number of upmarket sneaker crossovers, luxury streetwear fashion designer Kim Jones succeed Kris van Assche as artistic director at Dior Homme, and Off-White founder Virgil Abloh installed at Louis Vuitton.
Like streetwear and athleisure, the dad sneaker trend trawls nostalgia for its credibility. And from Kendall Jenner to Hailey Baldwin, the shoes have their share of celebrity supporters. Bella Hadid even stole the show at the Dior Homme autumn-winter 2018 menswear show in Paris with her lacy bra and dad sneaker combo.
While the dad sneaker is typically white, they come in all shapes and forms. Here are 10 pairs to check out.
Maison Margiela Fusion, HK$12,127, Farfetch
This high-school back-to-the-future mash-up comes pre-scuffed with radioactive chewing gum ooze.
Marni Big Foot, HK$5,400, Farfetch
The Abominable Snowman does disco inferno. Impeccable colour coordination and beauty of line.
New Balance 991.9, HK$1,446, Mr Porter
The original dad sneaker brand deploys earth tones for ’70s respectability and conservation cred.
Calvin Klein 205W39NYC, HK$4,578, Farfetch
Can you see the leotards? The Nike Air Trainer’s rightful successor.
Nike Air Max 1, HK$935, Mr Porter
OK, so these aren’t ugly. A tasteful, calming, nitrogen-filled pillow for your daily commute.
Givenchy TR3, HK$5,766, Mr Porter
Layered like a carefully confected cake to just the right height and angle to mount pavements like a Chelsea tractor.
Y-3 x James Harden BYW BBALL, HK$3,053, MatchesFashion
Organic forms x puff pastry. Matches well with croissants.
Alexander McQueen sneakers, HK$3,990, MatchesFashion
Step aside, Adidas Stan Smith. This restrained blockbuster is going to take over.
Balenciaga Match high-top sneakers, HK$4,900, Landmark, Central
The welcome devolution of the dad sneaker continues with this seemingly deflated version of the famed Triple S.
Valentino Garavani Heroes Tribe 1, HK$7,297, Mr Porter
Moccasin and high-top meet under a tepee. “Dad, you need to stand over there.”