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11 Chunky "Dad Sneakers" That Will Actually Look Cute On You

Dad Sneakers Are So In Right Now

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It's rare that you get to look to dad for fashion trends, but his sneaker game is having a moment. You may have seen the orthopedic-thick soles, white and beige colorways, and undeniable comfort factor that scream "dad shoes" on supermodels like Bella Hadid or reality stars like Kim Kardashian. You can thank high-fashion brands (Balenciaga debuted their Triple S shoes, which may have re-launched the trend, back in January 2017), but you'll also find the same so-ugly-its-chic characteristics in new designs from your favorite sneaker brands—at price points that won't make you (or dad) cringe.

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Nike Air Monarch IV

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Is this the OG dad shoe? A unisex training shoe with lightweight cushioning and durable support, the Monarch actually debuted in 2002—but its thick sole, leather upper, and lack of any bells and whistles make it a firm contender for one of the trend's origin points. ($65; nike.com)

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Fila Disruptor 2

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What says "dad" more than a classic, bright white athletic shoe? The hefty Disruptor was designed in the '90s, but now comes in a crisp modern colorway with premium leather and lightweight EVA foam. ($65; fila.com)

(To further fuel your nostalgia, try these '90s-inspired lunchbox swaps.) 

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Saucony Shadow Original

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You might remember this trainer from your childhood: The Shadow Original was first introduced in 1985. It still has that '90s-esque padded collar and tongue (and that suede!), but with a modern EVA midsole that provides cushioning and absorbs shock. ($70; saucony.com)

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Skechers D'Lites

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These thick kicks are a Skechers classic, but with updated details like Air Cooled Memory Foam and mesh cooling panels. The fact that they were designed in partnership with Camila Cabello is just icing on the millennial cake. ($65; skechers.com)

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Asics GEL-Diablo

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Originally released in 1995, Asics has been re-introducing the GEL-Diablo in new colorways since last spring. With a mesh tongue, pops of color, and prominent logo, it's unapologetically retro—but the GEL® technology-infused midsole still offers the high-impact support Asics runners love. ($110; asicstiger.com)

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Adidas Falcon

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Adidas is serving straight '90s vibes with this reimagining of the Falcon Dorf running shoe. (Seriously, how great would these look with a tracksuit?) The upper is slightly more modern than in the original, but it still has that throwback suede-and-neon combo. ($100; adidas.com)

(Related: The Best Workout Shoes for Acing Every Kind of Exercise)

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Brooks Dyad Walker

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Check out the sole on these babies! With BioMoGo DNA cushioning technology, stabilizing Dual Arch Pods, and slip-resistant soles, these beige shoes make "orthopedic" look stylish. ($120; brooksrunning.com)

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New Balance 990v4

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New Balance threw it way, way back to '80s with their 990v4, a fresh update to the cushiony, stabilizing style that's been hanging around for over 30 years. The "1982" gray-on-gray style that debuted in April is pure dad, but you can also snag these in black, navy, pink, and mint green. ($174.99; newbalance.com)

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Puma Thunder Electric

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Dropping on June 28, Puma's Thunder Electric was inspired by the brand's '90s Cell System running silhouettes. They're bold and bulky as a nod to the past, but with millennial-friendly colors (think pink lavender and metallic and lavender or violet color-blocking and gray-violet) and chrome accents. ($120; puma.com)

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Reebok DMX Run 10

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A heritage style released in 1997, the DMX Run 10 still nails the dad silhouette over two decades later. But it's been updated with colorways inspired by the '90s—like baby blue, neon green, and white—to pay homage to that era. ($140; reebok.com)

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HOKA ONE ONE Bondi Leather

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All-black is always a good idea, and these chunky leather sneaks—with that HOKA logo front and center—do not disappoint. And they've still got the brand's signature cushioning and stability technology, making them stylish and functional. ($129.99; hokaoneone.com)

(Related: How to Find the Best Workout Shoes for Flat Feet)

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