Trickling down from A/W Runway 2017, shoes inspired by “orthotic footwear favored by American tourists” (thank you Net-a-Porter) are everywhere. Maybe it’s nostalgia, the evolution of athleisure, the normcore movement. Or maybe it’s just the business of fashion to re-set notions of what is cool every now and then. Regardless, the Dad Shoe is having an insane moment. Let me define insane: The Balenciaga Triple S (trailblazing darling of the fashion world) is both $895 and selling out. Are they awkward? Yes. Insanely chic? Also yes.
In Balenciaga's wake, Louis Vuitton (with the Archlight), Gucci (the Rhyton Logo), Yeezy (Boost 700 Waverunner), Acne (the Manhattan), Fila (the Disruptor), and Nike (Air Monarch) are giving the Triple S a run for its money. To jump on this trend and style effectively, assume Dad Shoes replace Cons or Stan Smiths: they go with everything from ankle jeans and tees to sharp suiting and slip dresses. Neutral colorways add a point of contrast and texture, while multi-colored versions easily become the focal point of any outfit. Why? Ask a Dad.
You can shop Trainers a la the Dad Shoe and easy pieces to pair with them at Common Threads Boulder and Denver now.
PS: Next week we do a deep dive with Libby Alexander (CT and Recycled Runway founder) about Recycled Runway: Teens Transforming Trash, its nine-year history, and what's next for the ultimate feel-good event.