Here’s why dad trainers are actually pretty damn cool

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  • So bad it's good?

    I’ve never hidden the fact that trainers aren’t my thing. I’m much more of a kitten heels or embellished shoes kinda girl. So I must admit I wasn’t convinced when the whole dad trainer trend started, especially as I wasn’t one of the chunky Buffalo or Sketcher aficionados back in the 90s – no nostalgia factor for me.

    But thanks to a slew of avant-garde designers and the athleisure trend 2.0, I’m starting to come round to it. On the catwalk, there were the Balenciaga trainers of course (if anyone can make trainers cool, it’s the genius behind the sock boot), and similarly cool offerings by Yeezy, Vetements and Louis Vuitton.

    The high street soon followed suit, with the likes of Fila, Buffalo (oh hi there again), Acne and Fila all providing their answer to the affectionally dubbed ‘ugly shoe’.

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    It’s become a new favourite amongst the street stylers too, with the slim Adidas Gazelle and Gucci Ace replaced by chunkier styles your dad would raise an eyebrow at (let’s be real, your dad really wouldn’t wear any of these, would he?).

    As for how to style the trend, it’s pretty much the same as you would normal trainers. You can go hi-lo by teaming them with a floral dress or sharp suit, go for nostalgic vibes with a denim jumpsuit, or tea it with a tracksuit and Michelin man coat for Yeezy vibes.

    The sartorial world is officially your oyster. Go forth (and shop my edit of the best dad trainers below).

    Shop now: RAF SIMONS X ADIDAS Ozweego III low-top trainers for £290 from MACTHESFASHION.COM

    Shop now: BUFFALO LONDON high top sneakers for £189 from LUISAVIAROMA

    Shop now: LV ARCHLIGHT SNEAKER (POA) from Louis Vuitton

    Shop now: GANNI Augusta leather sneakers for £250 from

    Shop now: LAMAR in blue CARVELA KURT GEIGER trainers for £139 from Kurt Geiger

    Shop now: NIKE AIR MAX 95 LX for £129.95 from Nike

    Shop now: TUBULAR SHADOW SHOES for £79.99 from adidas

    Shop now: 501.173082 – v7000 nyl II wn trainers for £90 from Diadora

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