How To Style The Season’s Over-The-Top Dad Sneakers
The specimen: Louis Vuitton's insane Archlight sneakers, the greatest dad sneaker of them all. (Plus, five more that you'll want to add to cart.)| February 27, 2018
Trends coming and going is a tale as old as time. When a certain returning trend ascribes supreme comfort with next to no effort to the wearer, that is when you know it’ll stick and not just stick – evolve. White leather sneakers became a wardrobe staple thanks to Phoebe Philo at Celine. Hoodies and sweats now qualify as going-out wear thanks to Demna Gvasalia at Vetements. Trainers as shoes outside the gym soon followed – thank you, Kanye – and with fashion’s ever-present obsession with the nineties, we welcomed the resurgence of the dad sneaker. Dad jeans and glasses optional.
The saying goes “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Fashion loves its classics, but it also loves reinventing it. The same principle applies to the dad sneaker. We saw everyone from Chanel to Alexander McQueen to Stella McCartney putting their own spin on the shoe, but no one took the cake quite like Louis Vuitton and their insane Archlight sneaker. Have you seen the curve on that thing? The thickness of the sole?
There is no question that despite being a trainer, the Archlight is a statement shoe. An unconventional statement shoe. While it is easy to go with the athleisure flow and reach for the hoodie with these, we like a challenge. We’re talking day to night, office to weekend.
Instead of going chill, go tailored. Because the dad sneaker is so chunky, pantsuits in oversized or relax fits work better, proportion-wise. To keep things a little lax – because a shoulder bag or a handbag will look out of place – try a leather cross-body that sits in the nook of the waist.
Or, you could keep things very simple. Yoyo styled her Archlight with an oversized white shirt. The principle here is the same as the pantsuit: contrasting the chill factor of the shoes with the sharpness of a shirt.
How about something more feminine? Keeping in line with the part tailored, part relaxed theme we have going on, try the dad sneaker with a midi skirt that boasts movement and tailoring. Might we suggest a t-shirt?
We love a one-step solution and since the sneakers are so easy, the rest of your look should be, too. Louis Vuitton styled the Archlight with stretch dresses on the runway, so we’re suggesting knits. Dad sneakers, however, could absolutely work with more feminine dresses, whether with full skirts, big sleeves or ruched bodies. Who knew?
Lastly, options. If you can’t get your hands on the Archlight or if you’re just looking around for more, consider these take-anywhere dad sneakers. This one by Stella McCartney even comes with Velcro straps. That crackle when you pull the straps apart will take you straight back to the nineties.
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