Did Gigi Hadid just solidify the “dad sneaker” trend? After stepping out in a chunky pair of kicks by Ash, the model seems to have made a case for the masses to hop on the ugly shoe bandwagon.
While the style was popular in the ’80s with Princess Diana and the cast of Working Girl, Balenciaga‘s been credited with bringing the shoes back with its “Triple S” sneakers, which retail for $895. Other luxury brands like Louis Vuitton followed with its Archlight sneakers and Gucci with the Rhyton leather logo sneakers. The popularity of the footwear style can also be attributed to the rise of “normcore,” which has spun off into a subset called “dadcore” and where this sneaker style naturally fits into.
Surprisingly, these designer versions are seriously expensive. But after the big fashion houses started to roll out versions, other more affordable labels like Mango and Zara came out with their own. Plus, classic sneaker labels like Nike, Fila, and Skechers followed suit, bringing back their retro sneakers, such as Nike’s Air Max 96 and 97.
If you love this style, shop 9 dad sneakers ahead, including Hadid’s version.
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