Redefining the idealised concept of trendy trainers, there’s no denying that dad shoes have well and truly infiltrated the streetwear scene over the past few years. Comically named, the dad shoe craze is based on a style of shoe that father figures typically wore in the ‘90s and early 2000s. With the trend owing most of its thanks to the resurgence of archived models, the ultimate dad shoe is characterised by chunky shape, intricate detailing and retro appeal.

Universally regarded as the godfather of dad shoes, Steven Smith changed the game for good when it comes to sneaker design. Responsible for creating some of the industry’s most-loved models, including iconic Yeezy and New Balance offerings, Smith takes inspiration from his own love of sneakers to strike the perfect balance between style and substance.

Recognising the reason behind the name of this crowd-favourite trend, we’ve decided to take a closer look at some of the most popular dad shoe silhouettes in honour of Father’s Day 2023.

New Balance 530

Originally developed with performance running in mind, the New Balance 530 model is heavily inspired by trainer trends from the noughties. Almost always crafted with a breathable mesh base, synthetic leather overlays and metallic accents, its upper also comes decorated with signature touches of branding. ABZORB cushioning underfoot delivers comfort with every wear, while classic laces round off the detailed design.

Yeezy 500

Unveiled in 2018, the Yeezy 500 presents a modern twist on typical retro-inspired dad shoes. Made from a mixture of mesh, suede and leather materials, the 500 features a unique chunky midsole design which houses tried-and-tested adiPRENE+ cushioning. Available in an array of versatile colourways, such as the classic Utility Black and Blush offerings, every collection is incomplete without a Yeezy 500.

Nike M2K Tekno

Drawing inspiration from the Oregon-based brand’s Monarch silhouette, the Nike M2K Tekno was introduced in response to the popularity of dad sneakers. Featuring a layered upper detailed with Swoosh emblems and tonal topstitching, the model also comes complete with perforations for ventilation. The elevated foam midsole adds extra height to the shoe as well as delivering classic cushioning for guaranteed comfort.

New Balance 2002R

Another leading model in the dad shoe trend, the New Balance 2002R presents a retro runner turned streetwear staple. Utilising high-quality materials, the 2002R showcases industry-leading sneaker technology and has provided the base for many exciting collaborations with brands such as GANNI. Delivering fashion-focused iterations within the shoe’s sought-after Protection Pack series, the New Balance 2002R successfully bridges the gap between form and function.

Yeezy Boost 700

Making its debut back in 2017, the Yeezy Boost 700 has since received many innovative updates. Crafted with a distinctive chunky sole unit and intricate detailing, this stand-out Yeezy silhouette was originally met with mixed responses due to its unique aesthetics. Released in a variety of colourways including the OG Yeezy Boost 700 Wave Runner, which was designed by Steven Smith, the mould-breaking Yeezy Boost 700 deserves recognition for kickstarting a new era of oversized trainer designs.