You may have tried to resist the chunky sneakers trend, but as the oversized shoe bounced its way into another season, here’s how to don the look now you’ve finally given it.
We did oversized coats and oversized jumpers, but now it’s the oversized shoewear that’s taking over. In particular, ugly trainers have become more and more in vogue, the designs playing into the nineties aesthetics that’s ruled the runway over the last few years.
The likes of Balenciaga, Chloe, Isabel Marant, MCM, Givenchy and Fendi have played into the trend, presenting chunky sneakers in all shades and shapes. So whether you’ve finally tapped into the trend and made a new purchase or you’re looking for inspiration to revamp your favourite pair, here are three ways to style the look.
The most obvious way to work the look is to cast your new shoes as an ensemble piece in your athleisure look. This can be teamed with anything from leggings to running gear, but the key is not to drown the shoes with something oversized or overflowing on your lower half. For the daring, this can be teaming the bounding-out shoes with skin-tight cycling shorts (that are no longer reserved for cycling) with a loose fitting long sleeve tee, to add some balance.
The ballgown dress with sneakers trend came and went, but the feminine twist on the ‘dad’ shoe style is still a strong look. This time around, team your thick-soled kicks with a pleated, shin-length skirt and a cropped tee or jumper, or with a shorter dress. A full-length dress with oversized shoes might be overpowering, on the other hand.
Can you really get away with wearing sneakers to the office? Not least, chunky, look-at-me sneakers? With the right wardrobe, it can be done. Stick to more simplistic designs and muted colours when it comes to your footwear, and team it with a more tailored look – tapered trousers with a matching suit jacket in an equally simplistic design.