A few seasons ago, we were preaching the wonders of a certain chunky trainer to a particularly tough crowd. What went on to become the ‘Dad sneaker’ eventually had – and is still having – its day, with even the biggest naysayers swaying eventually towards the leg-lengthening, height-enhancing, nostalgic-to-the-point-of-ironic trainers.
Well now you’re all comfortably on board with those, the fashion world has decided to pull the rug out from under your chunky trainers and throw you another sartorial quandary. But fear not, if you mastered the aforementioned kicks you can absolutely get on with their summer counterpart. Welcome: the Dad sandal.
Probably exactly what you’re picturing, the Dad sandal is much like those pairs you’d see on middle-aged, male hikers. Often with socks (which, I’m afraid, we’re not opposed to either). Think supportive straps, velcro fastenings and slightly foam-y soles. Bonus points if they’re a bit worn in too… i.e. pounded a few rocky climes. V chic.
But which are *actually* chic, and which are reserved purely for the hikers? The good news is you can’t really get it wrong. Similarly to the way ‘geek chic’ came about in the early 2000s, the more obscure and ‘uncool’ a pair, the higher it scores on the sartorial scale.
You could go v #fashun, and snap up a pair by Chanel or Prada – that’ll guarantee serious Insta cred – or by fashion-forward high street retailers like Zara and ASOS.
Alternatively, you could go off-piste – and therefore more authentically ‘cool’ – via a pair of Dad sandals that any pops would be proud of. Tevaare the OGs in this category, while Birkenstock are another v viable option.