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Everyone's talking about... dad trainers


For the past few seasons, Stan Smiths - and their many iterations - have dominated our everyday footwear. A downwards glance on your morning commute (or your Instagram feed) will almost certainly confirm it. Minimal trainers are everywhere, showing up with everything from jeans and jumpsuits to dresses and suits.

But there’s a new kid on the block. The inevitable backlash against all that understated minimalism, these trainers are everywhere, from Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton to Ganni and Kurt Geiger. And the uglier, the better. Dad trainers.


Yes, you know the ones. Aesthetically, the polar opposite of the pristine leather plimsolls that have dominated the trainer scene for the past few years. Bulbous rubber soles. A drab grey-white, or with garish swooshes of colour. The size of small boats.


Balenciaga’s Triple S trainers (above) cost north of £200, with in-demand styles changing hands for £1,200 on eBay. We're big fans of The Kooples' all-white take on the trend (below), while Kurt Geiger's Linford trainers (pictured top) also come in easy-to-wear black.

kooplesThe Kooples Trainers, £220

So, what do you wear them with? They work brilliantly with flowy skirts and dresses, as per regular white trainers. Jeans, especially boyfriend jeans, are best avoided, unless you actually want to look like your dad. And give skirt-suits a wide berth, unless you really are going for the Melanie Griffith in Working Girls look.

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Cover Image: Kurt Geiger London

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