The Rise of the Dad Shoe
If you take a look at the new footwear offerings from the F/W 2018 Balenciaga collection, you might be wondering when they consulted your dad for his fashion advice. Chunky and arguably ugly sneakers seem to be rising in popularity in recent years, and Balenciaga is doubling down on this trend. While sleek and minimalist sneakers such as those by Common Projects or Filling Pieces have been praised for their timeless appeal, the latest craze of so-called “dad shoes” is undeniably growing in popularity. As streetwear icons like Kylie Jenner and Bella Hadid continue to don these running shoe look-a-likes, it seems as though this trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. I wonder what Raf Simons thinks of this sudden explosion considering the negative critical reception to his infamously ugly Ozweegos in 2013. Let us know what you think of the rise of the “dad sneaker” in the comments below. Rebelliously hip? Or just utterly misguided?