The over-the-top chunky sneaker had its moment in previous seasons thanks to a revitalization of retro trends —but the style is evolving. Nowadays, fashion-forward street style stars are still looking for kicks with a thicker sole but, instead of a plain white style, they want features like bright colors and more streamlined sportswear inspired-silhouettes. To bring you up to speed with new takes on the style, we rounded up some of our favorites. A styling tip? For an eye-catching head-to-toe look, try going “matchy-matchy” and coordinate the print or color of your shoes to a dress or top.
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1. Puma Thunder Sneakers
Puma uses leather and suede overlays atop a mesh upper with a rubber outsole and cord laces.
Pros: These sneakers revitalize the chunky sneaker trend with a color blocking style made to draw attention and make a statement; they go well with monochrome styling thanks to their streamlined shades and silhouette.
Cons: These run large.
2. Reebok Aztrek Double Mix Pops Sneaker
Reebok’s ’90s-inspired sneaker includes a stacked and cushioned midsole and a high-abrasion rubber outsole for a sturdy stride.
Pros: The mixed textile and synthetic nubuck upper of this sneaker creates a retro feel coming in mixes of colorways with fun pops of bright shades.
Cons: These run slightly small.
3. Steve Madden Myles Sneaker
With a 1.5-inch heel, Steve Madden’s chunky sneakers have knit and leather upper featuring a cool ombre finish.
Pros: These sneakers feature a smooth, sock-like silhouette atop a lifted, molded rubber sole with a pull, adjustable closure for a modern look and a secure fit without having to repeatedly retie your shoes.
Cons: These run narrow.