Trendspotting: The 'Dad' Sneakers
It is a truth universally acknowledged that chunky sneakers are in fashion. Whether you call them chunky, thick-soled or oversized this style of sneaker is still a dominating footwear trend – and it’s been going on for a while. Almost every major fashion brand and luxury designer has released a version, and they've been getting more dramatic every season. It’s a trend that has sparked its fair share of controversy due to their unapologetically ‘un-cool’ XL size, and many can’t see past their ties with, well, dads.
Every brand has its own eye-catching interpretation. Dsquared2, in particular, has challenged how big a sneaker can get in the form of their aptly named ‘The Giant Sneaker’ which we first glimpsed at their men’s SS19 runway show, with rows of models in the oversized footwear.
From Gucci’s Rhyton to Dolce&Gabanna’s Super Kings to Valentino’s Bounce – sneakers just keep getting bigger, and bigger. With designers still coming up with kookier and crazier ways to address the so-called ‘Dad Sneaker’ the trend won’t be dying down anytime soon. How big can a sneaker realistically get? I think we’re yet to see the most giant iteration yet.