“These look like something my middle school gym teacher would wear,” commented a stranger on my Nike air zoom sneakers. I took no offense of their observation, as the “dad effect” of my sneakers is very intentional and follows a big 2018-19 trend that brands ranging from Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, Nike, Fila, and many others have incorporated in their collections. One of the most notable examples of this trend are the Balenciaga triple S sneakers that retail for approximately $900, which many might consider absurd due to the awkward, oversized look of the piece that many associate with a lack of care about style or fashion. Nevertheless, the sneakers have proven to be so popular that they were sold out in many locations and incentivized other brands to follow suit in including this style in their collections. People can be seen styling such sneakers with both casual, streetstyle looks as well as with dresses and more classic outfits to add an edge to every possible look. Chunky dad sneakers are worth considering to include in one’s shoe rack due to both their practicality and multidimensionality. Source of photograph: Balenciaga official website https://www.balenciaga.com/us/triple-s-shoes_cod11271302nb.html