How to Nail the Dad Sneaker Trend: A Shopping and Styling Guide

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Every once in awhile a trend comes along (or comes back) that we never imagined we’d be on board with—fanny packs and shoulder pads, for instance—and the dad sneaker falls squarely within that category. You know the look: a middle-aged dude wearing relaxed-fit, medium-wash jeans (or jean shorts), a tucked-in shirt, chunky white sneakers, possibly accessorized by a phone waist clip or sports team hat. We’ll admit that the look doesn’t exactly exude glamour or sophistication.

Yet it turns out that there’s a gem buried within all those nondescript pieces, and that’s the chunky sneaker. When done right, these kicks go with everything from office suits to sequin dresses, bringing an irreverence to an ensemble that might otherwise seem to take itself a tad too seriously.

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We did some very official research on how to successfully master the art of the dad sneaker and discovered that it can work with pretty much any outfit. Going to the office? Ditch the heels for a chunky platform sneaker. Date night? Sneakers are the coolest and comfiest option.

Ahead, check out 26 chunky, so-uncool-that-they’re-actually-cool sneaker looks for spring that will help you channel your own inner ‘dad on vacation’ vibe.

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The Raincoat Sneaker
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Office Approved
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Archlight Sneaker

Sneaker, $1,090 at Louis Vuitton

STYLECASTER | How to Master the Art of the Dad Sneaker
Neon Sneaker
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Night Out Sneaker
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Classic 574

Sneakers, $79.99 at New Balance

STYLECASTER | How to Master the Art of the Dad Sneaker
Pops of Red
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Casual Sneaker
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Primary Colors

Sneakers, $590 at Alexander McQueen

STYLECASTER | How to Master the Art of the Dad Sneaker
Neutral Game
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Dressy Casual
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Neutral Tones

Sneaker, $120 at Jeffrey Campbell

STYLECASTER | How to Master the Art of the Dad Sneaker
Weekend Look
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Fresh White Sneaks
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The High Top

Sneaker, $150 at Reebok

STYLECASTER | How to Master the Art of the Dad Sneaker
All Black Ensemble
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The Stretch Sneaker

Balenciaga sneaker, $750 at Net-a-Porter

STYLECASTER | How to Master the Art of the Dad Sneaker
Spring Time Yellow
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Summer Tones

Sneaker, $129.95 at Steve Madden

STYLECASTER | How to Master the Art of the Dad Sneaker
Street Sneaker
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Strappy

Sneakers, $125.97 (was $140) at Nike

STYLECASTER | How to Master the Art of the Dad Sneaker
Blue Hues
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Cloud Sneakers

Sneakers, $690 at Prada

STYLECASTER | How to Master the Art of the Dad Sneaker
Power Pink
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Pops of Color

Sneaker, $80 at Saucony

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The LV
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