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Just like a scary story told around a campfire, long have we been regaled and warned of the sheer, utter uncoolness of the dad trainer. Chunky, awkward and giving off major orthopaedic vibes, it was a generational no-go zone. Now, though, inspired by the resurgence of the 80s, it’s back and has been adopted by the street-style masses for a retro-meets-futuristic twist on 2018. Here’s how to nail the look…

Models at Louis Vuitton wearing Archlight trainers for SS18

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Eclecticism was rife at Louis Vuitton, with the models walking the 2018 runways in sneaks that had hyper-modern exaggerated features – but with unmistakably Back to the Future detailing. Subtle was not the name of the game here, with the spongy kicks either being paired with Marie Antoinette-esque waistcoats (yes, with the split tails and everything) or futuristic bodycon dresses with harsh colour-blocking.

Street styler wearing Louis Vuitton Archlight trainers and a floral jacket

Picture: Imaxtree

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When a trend is this swiftly adopted by the street-style cohorts, the likelihood is that it’s about to be a new classic. And with the dad trainer, it’s not too much of a surprise. We’ve got an element of nostalgia and, let's be honest, they're comfy-AF. This street styler keeps it fresh by ensuring the rest of her outfit is new-season perfection: red cuffed trousers and a western-style studded floral jacket.

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Nope... There’s no need to dig out your dad’s old gym kicks, because this ASOS DESIGN pair are a legit throwback. The winning detail is all in the super spongy, near platform heel, as well as the retro padded tongue. Give the trainers a Scandi-style outing by making the most of their minimal-but-clunky silhouette. And the colour palette? Go matchy-matchy with black wide-leg trousers and a baby-pink cropped tee.


ASOS DESIGN Dare chunky trainers, $76