As a new senior in college, I’m plagued at the start of every fall semester by the struggle to find a pair of shoes that will survive the demands of my college. The shoe needs to be comfortable, versatile and more important, affordable. Most of my time on campus is spent walking from class to class, and while platforms and heels are stylish, they are not practical for bolting to an 8 a.m. sociology course.
That’s why chunky sneakers is going to make it onto college campuses around the globe.
Look at the facts:
- They’re trendy: Balenciaga’s Triple S sneakers have made it onto the feet of every influencer and her mother.
- They’re comfortable: The sneakers have thick soles that can endure long hikes to the dining hall.
- They’re affordable: Brands like K-Swiss, Fila, Nike and more have developed their own versions of the dad shoe (for guys and gals) that won’t break the bank.
Rita Ora makes a case for the style, too. Wearing a comfy tee, baggy sweats and a chunky sneaker, the singer seen here looks ready to mosey on over to that class on horses she signed up for just because she needed an elective credit.
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Justin Bieber’s fiancée, Hailey Baldwin, chose the style to complete a denim outfit. Though her shoes here are Yeezys, there are similar styles for half the price that are the perfect complement to a daytime weekend outfit for lunch with friends.
Chill guy Seth Rogen proved that this trend works for guys, too. Wearing a comfortable unbottoned shirt and baggy pants, the actor’s outfit walks the line between a day of classes and a night of parties.