Why do I love chunky sneakers so much?
Call them what you will: dad shoes, moon shoes, just plain ugly, etc. I can’t really explain it but the chunky sneaker trend is maybe one of my favorite looks to hit the fashion world since like, ever. I’m pretty sure you either absolutely love it or passionately despise it. Right? There is just something about them that I find so fun and cool.
Reasons I love the ugly/chunky/dad sneaker trend:
- I feel like they instantly give an outfit a cool edge
- I like bold fashion and seeing pieces from the runway worn IRL
- They give you a couple extra inches and sort of have that flattering “high heel effect” on your legs
- I don’t like to wear a lot of “fancy” shoes and designer sneakers are making it okay to wear sneakers everywhere with everything
Before we get to the affordable sneaks, here are some designer chunky sneakers currently on my wish list:
My pick for the all-around best affordable chunky sneakers:
Okay, now that we’re done drooling over the designer shoes, let’s take a look at some that don’e cost as much as rent. Below are some of my favorite affordable chunky sneaker options:
I am wearing the Jeffrey Campbell Lo-Fi’s in this post, but my friend has the HDMI Platform Sneakers (what up Sami!) and the Wifi Trainers are an absolute spitting image of the Louis Vuitton’s. My Lo-Fi’s run a little small, I got a 9.5 which is exactly my foot size and I wish I had gotten a 10.
My pick for the best Balenciaga Triple S lookalikes: Ash
Best under $75: Topshop Celina Sneakers, Fila Disruptor 2, ASOS
Least chunky/most socially acceptable: Nike Huraches, Nike Airmax 97, or Adidas Falcon
Also awesome: Steve Madden
Now let’s talk styling…
Okay, now that you’ve picked out your favorite chunky sneakers, let’s talk about styling them. Honestly, you can wear them with anything and everything but I narrowed it down to three totally easy options for you guys.
1. cropped jeans + tucked in t-shirt + belt
Jeans are Free People but sold out, similar from Reformation here and cheaper from Topshop Here | Jeffrey Campbell Lo-fi Sneakers | Red belt is from Anthropologie | T-shirt is from Forever 21 | Purse is vintage Coach but similar here
2. jean shorts + blouse + ankle socks
Jean shorts are old but similar here| Jeffrey Campbell Lo-fi Sneakers | Blouse is old but similar from Forever 21 | Sunglasses are from Amazon and seriously my most flattering pair| Socks | Deux Lux Bag
3. short + girly dress
Shoes are Jeffrey Campbell Lo-fi Sneakers | My dress is from Forever 21 but I cant find it online anywhere, Im sorry! I linked a similar one here | Sunglasses are from Amazon