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 SS18. Here’s how to nail the look…
THE DAD TRAINER IS BACK
By Maybelle Morgan, 25 April 2018
Eclecticism was rife at Louis Vuitton, with the models walking the SS18 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 sneaks either being paired with Marie Antoinette-esque waistcoats (yes, with the split tails and everything) or futuristic bodycon dresses with harsh colour-blocking.
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.
Try it on
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 white cropped tee.