The ugly-cute grandpa sneakers are here to stay


I’ve always had set ideas about my style. I knew clearly what I like and what I do not like. And I did NOT like grandpa sneakers. I could’ve bet that they will not be back on fashion and that if the impossible could still happen, I would not buy them. Like a boycott!

Never say never seems to apply best here. That’s because I went shopping and I came home with a pair of grandpa sneakers. And I like them!

They are a bit chunky, orthopedic looking. As soon as you wear these sneakers, you get why they are so beloved by everyone. Grandpa sneakers might look orthopedic, but they sure DO feel orthopedic. Grandpa sneakers are sooooo comfortable you won’t want to take them off. Ever!

Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, and OG sneakers are some of the high fashion powerhouses you can find the ugly-cute sneakers. Trendsetters like Kendall and Gigi are already big fans of this footwear trend.

Being supermodels, they can splurge on a pair or two of Balenciaga grandpa sneakers. For the rest of us earth people I found a lot of affordable options, some colorful, some black& white from brands like Nike, New Balance, Fila, and Reebok.

Ugly-cute affordable grandpa sneakers

Adidas Originals Falcon Sneakers

adidas originals navy metallic falcon sneakers

These super sporty sneaks look best when worn with clothes that are not sporty at all—think a structured suit or a cute floral mini dress.

Buffalo Chunky Sneakers

Buffalo Chunky Sneakers

The grandpa sneakers became a favorite amongst all trainers because they give you the extra boost in height. And if you are on your feet for most of the day, the chunky sneaker is excellent also. You should go for a light version of grandpa sneakers. I found that the New Balance sneakers are featherweight, despite their chunky look.

New Balance Grandpa Sneakers

New Balance Sneakers

If you love the attention, you should wear grandpa sneakers with a pair of biker shorts, an oversized hoodie, a small handbag, and red lipstick.

River Island sneakers with chunky sole

River Island sneakers with chunky sole

I would pair these River Island sneakers with a straight leg, slightly flared pants. Make sure that the flare of the pants stops at the ankle for a mundane outfit. A basic tee, an oversized blazer, one cute backpack and you’re golden.

Calvin Klein ultra sock shaft sneaker

Calvin Klein ultra sock shaft sneaker

These white Calvin Klein sneakers look good when worn with an animal print midi skirt and a white tee. Add an oversized pair of sunglasses and subtle pieces of jewelry to accessorize the outfit.

Intruder trainers by CAT

Cat intruder trainer

If you own a pair of vintage Levis and a classic white shirt you’re in luck. They go well the Intruder trainers by CAT. Beware of wearing the jeans cropped. Otherwise, all the coolness of the outfit will be lost.

Fila Disruptor 2 premium mono sneaker

Fila Disruptor 2 premium mono sneaker

The Fila Disruptor 2 made it to this short list of affordable grandpa sneakers due to their excellent price. You could wear them with high waist cropped white jeans, a denim shirt tucked in, and you’re set for this summer.

Nike M2K Tekno sneakers in pink


To balance the cuteness of these Nike M2K Tekno sneakers I recommend you wear them with a vintage grey mini denim skirt, a basic top, and an oversized denim jacket.

Steve Madden Movement sneaker

Steve Madden Movement sneake

With Steve Madden sneakers I would create a contrast between the blackest of all blacks and a feminine print. Think polka dot pastel dress.

Chomp Chunky trainers

Chomp Chunky trainers

These Chomp Chunky trainers will add a bold finish to an outfit no matter what you pair them. They’re Insta-worthy. And with that, I said it all.

How to make the grandpa shoes look chic?

If you want to get in on the trend but are wondering how to style grandpa sneakers so that they look chic, you’ve come to the right spot. I’ve stalked Instagram&Pinterest feeds and picked up some of the trendiest outfits with grandpa sneakers.

It’s a trend that takes a bit of hard work to make it shine, but not mission impossible though.

Grandpa sneakers – outfit ideas

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The casual sport style took the world of fashion by storm in the last few years. That’s why joining the hooded sweatshirt, the Deux-pieces suit and grandpa sneakers is a chic, modern, contemporary look.

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In spite of the bold, boyfriend look, the outfits with grandpa sneakers have something in common: a feminine touch achieved either by the chose of soft prints and colors or by carefully selected accessories.

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Do you love midi skirts? You can wear them with grandpa sneakers to get a contemporary look. Choose an animal print midi skirt and check two significant trends of this season in one outfit.

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Chunky sneakers and jeans. Love at first sight, isn’t it? You should pair the favorite sneakers with a classic coat or a bomber jacket. This way you achieve the perfect outfit loved by everyone.

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For the long, hot summer days you can go with the skinny jeans or boyfriend ones (your choice) along with a basic top and, of course, grandpa sneakers.

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Nothing says “Summer” like a breezy, feminine dress. This year don’t forget to pair it with chunky sneakers and a small purse to balance the whole outfit.

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The right shoes to wear with shorts this summer? The grandpa sneakers, of course! Pair them with a boyfriend blazer and a basic top. I would keep the socks invisible, though, because, in my opinion, this move makes the legs longer and leaner.

Those were my thoughts and recommendations of the day on the affordable grandpa sneakers. Keep it classy and…don’t forget to subscribe to our free newsletter for more online deals and fashion trends. Happy shopping!

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