10 Stylish Dad Sneakers to Cop for a Comfy-Cool Aesthetic

Think textured paneling, mixed fabrics, and chunky soles.

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(SPOT.ph) Looking for a fresh new pair of sneakers? Easy, just ask your dad. No, seriously. According to The Trend Spotter, dad shoes, which they define as “chunky, retro-styled sneakers” have seen a resurgence in popularity in the last few years. Aesthetically, the trend is all about thick soles, textured paneling, multi-fabric construction, and exaggerated proportions—or as GQ puts it, “downright geriatric design flourishes” with an “emphasis on good ol' fashioned comfort.” Basically, they’re the kind of kicks you would’ve teased your old man for wearing just a few years ago.

Dad sneakers’ vintage styling often takes inspiration from the ‘80s and ‘90s, two decades that have been resurrected by mainstream fashion with popular pieces like colorful windbreakers and high-cut swimsuits for the former or oversized tees, bandanas, and fanny packs for the latter. While sleek styles like the Stan Smith and Air Force 1 were all the rage in the mid-2010s—and still considered stylish today, don’t worry—many have turned to quirkier, more maximalist styles in the last few years. Want to give the look a try? We round up some dad sneakers you can shop locally below.

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Rock that laid-back look with these effortlessly cool dad sneakers:

Waffle Debut (P3,495) from Nike

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With a mix of suede and nylon on the upper, the Nike Waffle Debut goes for a heavily textured, almost bulky look—minus the actual bulk. Making the pair even more eye-catching is a hefty sole with a waffle-like underside. While the pair’s silhouette and details are sure to turn heads, the neutral colorway—it’s available in black and white color schemes—keeps it versatile.

Available online; see a list of Nike stores.

Ultimate 81 EX (P6,990) from Onitsuka Tiger

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Onitsuka Tiger’s famous Mexico 66, most recognizable thanks to its distinctive red and blue stripes, has been a popular sneaker since the ‘60s and has remained a staple throughout the decades—your parents probably owned a few pairs back in the day. This Ultimate 81 EX sneaker from the Japanese brand recalls the vintage Mexico 66 thanks to the same outer stripes, but boasts extra pomp with textured paneling on the toe, eye stay, and heel against a leather exterior as well as a thick, cream-colored sole.

Available online; see a list of Onitsuka Tiger stores.

T-Point Leather Sneakers (P6,950) from Lacoste

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If you want to go all out with textures, overlays, and paneling, check out these cool kicks from Lacoste, which are inspired by ‘90s-era tennis sneakers. Decked out in suede, leather, and nubuck in a range of neutral tones, the pair exudes cool-dad energy—and we mean that in the best possible way. You can also get the pair in an all-black colorway, a navy-and-white iteration, and an off-white style with red accents. Each version is finished off with the brand’s signature crocodile logo on the outer side.

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Available online; see a list of Lacoste stores. 

992 Sneakers (P12,995) from New Balance

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‘90s and 2000s kids, these New Balance 992 sneakers probably remind you of the rubber shoes you wore (against your will) to P.E. class back in the day—and yet, they’re considered pretty damn stylish these days. Effortlessly cool in a model-off-duty kind of way, these sneakers are modeled after the OG 992, which was first released in 2006. It’s the only 900 series model from New Balance to ever be reissued and according to Highsnobiety, "has become one of New Balance’s most popular heritage models in recent years."

Available at selected New Balance stores and can be ordered through their official Viber community.

Royal Techque (P3,595) from Reebok

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Though dad sneakers are all about extra panels and exaggerated proportions, that doesn’t mean they have to be bulky. These vintage-inspired sneakers from Reebok prove the style can take on the sleek, fuss-free form of a classic tennis shoe. With the cream-colored outer and deep green accents, the pair looks fresh enough to wear with anything from comfy khakis to tailored trousers.

Available on Shop SM.

Future Rider WH Sneakers (P5,800) from Puma

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These Future Rider sneakers from Puma aren’t afraid to play around with all sorts of colors and materials. Texture-wise, the shoe sports a mix of foam, leather, and suede in black, white, gray, and brown. Finishing off the pair are vibrant accents on the tongue, along the sole, and on the heel. The pops of red, yellow, blue, and green add character to the ‘80s-inspired silhouette.

Available online.

Retropy F2 Shoes (P5,000) from Adidas

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Drawing inspiration from 1980s running shoes, Adidas’ Retropy F2 sneakers marry modern and retro with a sleek silhouette, textured overlays, and a toothed rubber outsole. Despite the distinct construction, the pair stays totally wearable thanks to the black-white-and-nude colorway. You can also get the pair in a predominantly black style.

Available online; see a list of Adidas stores.

Lukas Leather Sneakers (P4,999) from Kartel

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If you’re looking for lace-ups that are a little more dressed-up than your usual, feast your eyes on these leather sneakers from Kartel. The ultra-sleek black exterior makes the pair fancy enough for an office day or a night out while the thick white sole keeps the style from being too uptight. But don’t be fooled by the all-black upper, the pair is far from plain—look closely and you’ll see overlays and subtle perforations all around.

Available online and at Traffic Footwear stores. 

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Global Jogger Sneakers (P4,295) from Skechers

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These Skechers sneakers are the perfect blend of loud and subdued. The chunky sole, all-around overlays, textured panels, and printed laces fit right into the dad-sneaker trend, but the monochromatic off-white colorway keeps the style from going overboard.

Available on Lazada. 

GrandPro Topspin Sneakers (P8,995) from Cole Haan

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In case you’re interested in dad sneakers, but don’t want to be too adventurous with the textures and overlays, perhaps these Cole Hahn kicks would be up your alley. The pair keeps it simple with a suede upper punctuated by leather accents on the tongue and along the sole. The finishing touch is a hefty cream-colored sole that’s equal parts sleek and casual.

Available online; see a list of Cole Haan stores.

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