The chunky trainer trend

The chunky trainer trend

The chunky footwear trend is here to stay. After years of slimline luxe silhouettes it seems that luxury is now defined by scale. Lavish displays of overdesign are in vogue and we have to say we’re big fans at Tessuti. Quite a few of our brands are too, and they’ve all moved to release their own interpretation of the affectionately named “dad trainer”. So, here’s our top chunky trainers.

  1. Mercer W3RD Trainer: The Mercer W3RD Trainer manages to carefully balance the playful absurdity of dad trainers with all the standards of luxe footwear. It’s a style that we actually think sits somewhere between a souped-up retro runner and a chunky trainer. Patent leather and suede detailing adorn the style’s upper in sweeping curves, proving that a less-is-more approach is still possible within this trend and giving the trainer a sense luxury charm.


  1. Adidas Originals Yung 1: The Yung 1 is an ode to the glory days of chunky runners. Back when chunky trainers were just trainers and it wasn’t your dad wearing them, it was athletes. With several layers to the design, there is a story of creative nostalgia running throughout every element of the Yung 1. What sets this style aside though is that all it’s features are designed to a lifestyle brief, so effectively you get all the hallmarks of a retro performance shoe, optimised to look incredible with a fashion forward outfit. It’s sure to be a classic.


  1. Mallet BTLR Dalston: Minimal, sleek and subtle, the Mallet BTLR Dalston isn’t strictly a chunky trainer, but we think it’s on the bolder side of footwear. Lined with a sock style upper on a chunky sole unit it oozes luxury with textured leather and smoot black suede detailing. If it’s subtlety you’re looking for the Mallet Dalston is the silhouette for you.


  1. Paul Smith Mookie Trainer: The Paul Smith Mookie trainer is typical of the designers work at large. It sits at a junction between casual and formal wear offering a softly smart aesthetic. It’s shape is relatively simple with very little embellishment. Where it’s various features meet contrasting materials highlight detailing. This is a chunky trainer for the discerning gentleman.

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