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We List All The Sickest Dad Sneakers For Every Budget

Who said dad sneakers are only for dads?

A year ago, we welcomed the “ugly” dad sneakers, known for their chunky and exaggerated soles. They’re far from hideous, but not particularly elegant either. A year on and their their eye-popping clunky designs continue to catch the fashion world by storm. Just look at style stars such as Eva ChenSusie Lau and Chriselle Lim, who have been stunting them on their social media accounts. We give you our best picks, from splurge-worthy to absolute steals, from past seasons to new that you can still cop.

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Maison Margiela PVC sneakers, US$811 (S$1,127), www.matchesfashion.com
These transparent PVC sneakers take the dad sneaker look up a heavy notch. Forget your usual rubber exteriors, this deconstructed look will set you apart from everyone else who’s been on this trend. Balenciaga leather and mesh sneakers, £615 (S$1,082), www.net-a-porter.com
Let’s face it guys, these bad boys aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Seen as the pioneer of Dad sneakers (some may argue otherwise), Demna Gvasalia’s Triple S has inspired knock-offs and a fervent cult following. Go for a casual dress-down look by pairing it with a simple cotton blouse and a pair of denim jeans. Polyester sneakers, US$353 (S$491), www.farfetch.com
Italian footwear label Ash are all about their ’90s-inspired sneakers and guess what? They do it really well. If you’re looking for a pair of foolproof chunky sneakers, the brand offers up neutral options with pops of colour. Gucci metallic sneakers, US$980 (S$1,344), www.ssense.com
This flashy pair inspired by hiking boots is a jarring contrast of various metallic colours — and that’s what makes it so good. Maison Margiela leather sneakers, US$1,727 (S$2,402), www.farfetch.com
This pair isn’t for the faint hearted. Bright neon yellow and extra, extra chunky – you’re most definitely going to stand out from the crowd. Acne suede and mesh trainers, US$595 (S$828), www.matchesfashion.com
These suede trainers from Acne are good to take you through hikes and a day of running errands. Pair it with anything cargo for that ultimate outdoorsy look. Dorothee Schumacher leather sneakers, $664, www.farfetch.com
With a leather body, patterned sole, colour block and snake skin accents, this pair of sneakers has got a lot going on. We suggest wearing an all-black outfit and letting these babies shine. Nº21 leather sneakers, S$809, www.farfetch.com
Be a bright spark at brunch with this pair of white sneakers that comes with splashes of yellow. Pair it with a sunflower print swing dress for maximum impact. Vetements textile sneakers, US$600 (S$835), www.matchesfashion.com
Vetements does dad sneakers exceedingly well. These are just about as dad as they get without being overboard, so if you’re looking to just get into the look, this might be the pair for you. Kenzo textile sneakers, US$395 (S$541), www.ssense.com
You can’t go wrong with a pair of black sneakers. Classic and wearable with just about anything, try an amped up version like this pair — it comes with an espadrille platform for extra height. Nike rubber trainers, US$200 (S$274), www.ssense.com
Get in touch with your combatant side with this pair of Air Max sneakers that exudes a utilitarian style. Leather sneakers, US$850 (S$1,182), www.modaoperandi.com
This Prada number is a sleek and monochrome option that still serves up on the dad sneaker option and the brand’s penchant for futuristic silhouettes. Off-White rubber sneakers, US$810, (S$1,127), www.modaoperandi.com
This colourful number has all the makings of the ultimate fashion sneaker and comes with Off-White’s signature and quirky embellishments. Pair with a neutral outfit to pull them off without a hitch PU sneakers, $119, Zara
Colourful, chunky and on the brighter side – if you’re looking for an ’80s-inspired pair (not everything has to be ’90s) this is bound to catch your eye Adidas Originals suede and mesh sneakers, US$90 (S$125), www.net-a-porter.com
These sneakers have been all the rage since they were released and go with just about anything. Doesn’t hurt that all the coolest it-girls have been rocking them too. Extra bonus point? They don’t break the bank Reebok leather sneakers, US$145 (S$199), www.ssense.com
Reminisce your school days with white sneakers. This simple pair from Reebok will look great with a white shirt and navy blue midi skirt. Stella McCartney PU sneakers, US$487 (S$677), www.net-a-porter.com
If you’re looking for a patent leather pair to switch up your monochromes, Stella McCartney’s neoprene sneakers will have you in black without being boring