Like it or not, the chunky and bulky “dad” sneaker trend is soaring high right now in the fashion industry. With highly coveted silhouettes like the Balenciaga Triple S, YEEZY 700 Wave Runner, PUMA Spectra & the Nike M2K Tekno selling out at stores, we’ve compiled a list of “dad” shoes that you can grab right now from Canadian stores.
New Balance 990
The New Balance 990 is a classic sneaker and one of the grandfather models of the “dad shoe” silhouette. Having a 30 year legacy behind the shoe, the 990 is proudly made in the US and uses a combination of pigskin suede and mesh for the upper making it lightweight and comfortable enough for everyday wear.
Nike Air Max 93
Reaching into Nike’s back catalog of less popular Air Max models, 2018 saw the return of the Air Max 93 from the 90’s. The model boasts a neoprene sock collar for a form fitted comfort, leather, suede and mesh uppers on top of a visible air unit in the heel that provides just the right amount of bulk for those on the dad shoe wave.
FILA Disruptor II
It’s safe to say that FILA hasn’t been very relevant in sneaker culture as of late. The Disruptor II looks to change that hitting all the checkmarks for the current dad shoe trend and at a price of well under $100.
Nike Air Skylon II
Nike continues the trend of 90’s silhouettes this Summer with the introduction of two colourways of the Air Skylon II in “Solar Red” and “Blue Lagoon”. Available this Friday June 1 at Nike.ca
Rumour has it that Jerry Lorenzo’s Fear of God label will be collaborating with Nike on the Skylon later this year which will be sure to bring more attention to the retro model.
The adidas Twinstrike ADV is one of the newer models to come out from the 3-Stripes and carries a bulky silhouette and a bold mix of materials using suede overlays, leather lace anchors and a mesh upper. Underneath is a EVA foam midsole and a rubber outsole.
Nike Air Monarch
No list of dad shoes is ever complete without the mention of the iconic Nike Air Monarch, the one dad shoe to rule them all. Found in almost any Nike Outlet, the Monarch stands the test of time as the ultimate dad shoe and one of Nike’s best-selling sneaker of all time.
The Nike Pantheos is a great retro-style sneaker that’s very clearly inspired by the 90s with its use of suede and nylon on the upper. A multitude of colourways are available now online and for just $100.
The latest women’s sneaker from adidas comes in the form of a new dad shoe silhouette dressed in mesh and suede on the upper underneath a chunky sole. You can look forward to grabbing these on June 5 at adidas retailers.
Nike Grand Stand II
Nike’s Grand Stand line is an ode to the classic tennis shoe silhouette and is now a great option for those looking for a hefty sneaker that doesn’t go crazy on design.
Reebok Classic Nylon
A retro silhouette returns with a classic 90’s look. The Reebok Classic Nylon in “Collegiate Navy” might be the best new dad shoe this Summer.
adidas Ultra Tech "Lilac"
adidas continues the trend of bulky 90’s-inspired silhouettes with the return of the Ultra Tech from the archives. This model features a mesh upper and suede overlays on top of an EVA foam midsole.