It’s no secret the chunky “dad” sneaker was among fashion it-girls’ footwear rotation for the past two years. Reference the original chunky shoe from Balenciaga that became a cult designer piece overnight. The “ugly” silhouette has undeniably dominated the streetwear scene. The divisive design is a cool statement to most, but others remain on the fence. The chunky sole might not be going anywhere anytime soon, but for those who are looking for a more classic find, good news: the dad trainer has evolved for this year.
Say bonjour to your dad shoe upgrade—the retro sneaker. “Retro” as in this style is straight out of Back to the Future. The Nike Cortez kicks, originally launched in 1972, have been an off-duty favorite among celebs, like Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski, and other fashion lovers. For 2020, the sporty trend is one of the only sneaker options that matter. If you love wearing sneakers, the retro shoe is wearable and an easy go-to you can wear with any outfit dressing up or down.
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