their oversized outsole, the dad shoes were given the sweet nickname ‘ugly shoes’ when Balenciaga brought them to the forefront in 2017. The more diplomatic fashionistas preferred to talk about ‘futuristic basketball’, and attributed shoes to a fanciful whim that only Haute Couture can afford. Without imagining for a second that everywhere the shoes addicts would end up putting themselves at the feet of these outsize soles.
Today, following in the footsteps of the ‘dad sneakers’ trend sounds like something for fashion designers around the world who are making amends. It must also be said that major shoe stores quickly followed suit with the Italian luxury brand, appropriating the wide-soled sneaker at all costs. The look is sometimes ultra aggressive, sometimes exaggerated massive, sometimes with retro accents, lines transported in time since the nineties, or conversely a design that seems to have been imagined elsewhere than on the planet Earth. And no matter what his style eventually. As long as his sole is XXL, the dad shoe is ‘it’ shoe.
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