Parental Guidance Recommended
The chunky, clunky ’90s classic proves everything old is new again for Spring ‘19.
PUMA brought back its R System performance running styles for the RS-100.
By Jennifer Ernst Beaudry. All Hail the Dad Shoe. (Or Mom shoe, depending on your preference.) The once-reviled norm-core staple electrified the couture world when Balenciaga’s high-fashion $895 Triple S sneaker marched down the runway last September, and takes from brands like Adidas, Fila and Nike have been a surprise streetwear hit this fall. But the chunky, ’90s-inspired silhouettes are only gathering momentum heading into spring. And the spread of the trend has presented an opportunity for heritage brands to get some of their throwback styles in front of new eyes — and for athletic players outside of the dominant two to play with styles inspired by the large-and-in-charge outsoles, bold colorblocking and straight-from-dad’s closet classic whites, beiges and grays. We’re showing off some of our favorite retro and cleverly retro-inspired looks, perfect for talking a walk on the comfortable side this spring. These styles just go to show, it’s never too late to listen to your parents.
The NEW BALANCE X-90 takes its inspiration from the brand’s iconic ’90s runners.
For its new SPREVA style, THE NORTH FACE looks completely decade-appropriate with an oversized brand logo.
REEBOK brings a higher cut into the dad shoe mix with the bringback X-O-FIT HI.
The REEBOK CLASSIC LEATHER, shown here in triple black, is an icon of Dad style.
PUMA’s RS-0 style has the bulbous outsole look on lock.
The ASICS GEL-Kayano 5 OG leverages the brand’s Kayano franchise for its swoopy upper look and the Gel cushioning in the heel.
NEW BALANCE’s classic 990 running silhouette in a parent-approved tonal neutral colorway.
Seen at backyard barbecues everywhere, the REEBOK CLASSIC LEATHER looks fresh for spring in all-white.
The FILA RAY TRACER is the total package: Chunky outsole, curvy lines, and colorblocking in red, white and black.