I mention the words “dad trainers” and a certain image springs into your mind, doesn’t it? A super chunky, heavy trainer with thick soles, reminiscent of the sort of shoes your dad wore in the 90s. They’re also spectacularly ugly and a pair of the original designer versions such as the Balenciaga Triple S costs more than a month’s rent on my student accommodation.
However, they are nonetheless trending at the moment and I’m kind of obsessed. They’re comfortable. The oversized shape of the shoe makes your legs look long and slim. And, to quote my mother who’s not a fan overall, “at least they’re practical”.
There’s also a certain nonchalance that comes with wearing them. A girl wearing such an ugly shoe could never be accused of being overdressed, no matter what they’re styled with. And isn’t that what every girl wants? To look attractive, stylish and fun without looking like you’ve tried too hard?
How to Style the “Dad” Trainer
- A mini skirt + oversized shirt is perfect for lengthening your legs. Tucked in or left out – it’ll look cool either way. I’ll be taking inspiration from the Fenty x Puma Fall 2017 collection with a blackwatch skirt, blue striped shirt and sports socks.
- A midi skirt or dress with a flowing silhouette and girly pattern creates a really great juxtaposition between masculine and feminine. I particularly love this piece from & Other Stories.
- Providing they’re not a skinny-fit and they hit above the ankles, tailored trousers are also a great option and perfect for when the great British weather inevitably becomes miserable again.
The “Dad” Trainer Edit
The elusive Balenciaga Triple S had been on my wish-list for months but tracking them down proved to be an incredibly difficult task. I finally got my hands on a pair last week and I couldn’t be happier, despite the fact I’m practically selling my soul on eBay to pay for them.
They are the shoe that launched 1000 copies, and whilst I do not condone the production of counterfeit goods, many brands have taken inspiration from the brand, releasing their own “dad” trainers at price points to suit every budget. Here are my personal favourites.
The Ash Addict Trainers are a great mid-priced option. I tried these shoes on about a month ago and would have purchased them had it not been for my outright stubbornness in getting the Triple S. They’re a beautiful shoe, great quality and are not quite as heavy as other versions I’ve tried.
The Topshop Ciara Trainers have been dubbed the ultimate Triple S dupe and for £39, they’re a hell of a lot cheaper. Whilst the quality doesn’t compare to either the Balenciagas or the Ash trainers, they’re a great choice for a trend that could potentially come to an end in 3-6 months.
So, what do you think? Are “dad” trainers at the top of your wish-list or do you think they belong strictly on the feet of your father?
Peace and love, Bec