These Cool Kicks Turned Me into a Chunky Trainers Convert

The chunkier, the better.
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Love them or loathe them, chunky trainers are here to stay.

Truth be told, I’ve scoffed at the thought of them being resurrected by the Gen-Z. They’re clunky and over-the-top. But then I remembered how cool and fun the Spice Girls looked when they wore them in the ‘90s. Maybe chunky sneakers aren’t all that bad or ‘ugly’ — actually, some of them are really pretty cool.

The Balenciaga Triple S, the Louis Vuitton Archlight, and the Yeezy Boost 700 prove that dads’ thick-soled shoes are as stylish as they are functional and comfortable. 

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Of course, we can’t forget about the ones that started the trend in the late ‘80s and the ‘90s. New Balance, Reebok, and Buffalo are back in the game with refreshed versions of their bestsellers from back in the day.

You see them everywhere, from designers on the runway to influencers on your phone and people in the streets. There truly is no stopping the chunky trainers from dominating our shoe closets. 

So why not fully embrace the trend? If you’re thinking, ‘Well, I don’t know what to wear them with’, there’s plenty of inspiration out there.

You can go down the athleisure route and pair them with sporty co-ords. Or you can go with a maxi dress for a more interesting pairing. But ultimately, there are no rules! Wear them with whatever you want and bask in their comfort and style.

I’ve rounded up the best chunky trainers on the market, with options from Veja, New Balance, Reebok, Superga, Converse and more, to help you (and me) get started.

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New Balance 237 Trainers

New Balance 237 Trainers, £80, ASOS – buy now

Reebok Club C Double Heart Trainers

Reebok Club C Double Heart Trainers, £70, ASOS – buy now

Monki Mesh Sneakers

Mesh Sneakers, £40, Monki – buy now

Reebok Classic Leather Trainers

Reebok Classic Leather Trainers, £41.95, ASOS – buy now

Reebok Classic Legacy Sneakers

Reebok Classic Legacy Sneakers, £75, & Other Stories – buy now

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Gola Classics Eclipse Trident Sneakers

Gola Classics Eclipse Trident Sneakers, £80, & Other Stories – buy now

Superga 2555 Cotu Sneakers

Superga 2555 Cotu Sneakers, £69, & Other Stories – buy now

New Balance 327

New Balance 327, £54, Urban Outfitters – buy now

Converse Runstar Hike Ox Trainers

Converse Runstar Hike Ox Trainers, £55, Office – buy now

adidas Forum Bold Trainers

adidas Forum Bold Trainers, £84.99, Office – buy now

Converse Runstar Hike Trainers

Converse Runstar Hike Trainers, £89.99, Office – buy now

Veja Venturi Suede Kaki Sable Oxford Grey

Venturi Suede Kaki Sable Oxford Grey, £140, Veja – buy now

Nike White Fontanka Edge Mesh and Rubber Sneakers

Nike White Fontanka Edge Mesh and Rubber Sneakers, £125, Net-a-Porter – buy now

Veja Venturi Hexamesh Gravel Petale Sable

Venturi Hexamesh Gravel Petale Sable, £130, Veja – buy now

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