Chunky dad runners have been roaming around high-fashion runways and throwback sportswear collections since 2015. While this is enough for a trend to surface and die three times over, the movement is far from slowing down. A chunky runner or “dad shoe” can be defined as a running sneaker with a bulkier shape that has excessive layering on the upper panels and an ultra-thick midsole. This style of footwear design has been appearing in high-end designer sneaker collections and Yeezys to retro-inspired offerings from brands like Nike and Adidas.
But what about when the style gets slimmed down—like it has gone on a summer diet in search of its beach bod? Meet the Skinny Chunk. These five sneakers are still chunky and dad-like but trimmed down in their excessive amount of pouf.
Indulge in this diet dad shoe roundup. And if you partake, join us in the journey to #skinnychunks.