Since the launch of the dad sneaker trend in 2017, chunky sneakers have steadily remained as one of the dominant footwear styles on the market. And while it's easy to assume trendsetting shoes like Balenciaga's Triple S sneakers, Gucci's Rhyton trainers, and Alexander McQueen's oversized sneakers are just another fleeting footwear trend, they're still just as popular—and just as cool— today as they were a few seasons ago.
To help you find your next favorite pair of kicks, we've rounded up the best chunky sneakers available in 2021. Choose from revamped 90s sneakers, time-tested favorites, and fashion-forward silhouettes— all of which are guaranteed to outlast the hype and still look cool for countless seasons to come.
15 Stylish, Fresh, And Funky Chunky Sneakers And Casual Shoes
Nike Air Force 1's are undoubtedly one of the most popular sneakers in 2021. Thanks to chunky soles and a leather upper, the celebrity-approved chunky sneakers provide both all-day comfort and all-day style. Their classic eyelet lace-up tongue and iconic Nike swoosh give them a laid-back feel that never goes out of style. While the versatile silhouette comes in countless colorways, you can't go wrong sticking to the classic all-white colorway.
Ready to replace your beat-up white Chucks? These Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star Run Star Hike Hi Platform Sneakers give a fashion-forward take on the classic Chuck Taylor All-Star high-top silhouette you love. The chunky sneakers feature the same durable canvas, lace-up front, and sleek shape as the standard style. But thanks to the addition of a chunky ribbed tread, they provide a bit more traction and height.
In case you missed it, tennis-inspired clothing and accessories are all the rage right now. These Lacoste Ace Lift Chunky Overlay Sneakers combine street with the sport for an ultra-chic feel that instantly elevates your casual style. The sleek shoes feature Lacoste's iconic crocodile logo on the side, a pull-tab for easy entry, and a chunky outsole with textured grip tread. In addition to being a great everyday option, they'd look equally as cool paired with business casual clothing when you head back to the office.
By Stella McCartney
Looking for a leather-free option that's both eco-friendly and fashionable? Snag these Loop Fabric Low-Top Sneakers from Stella McCartney, one of the hottest sustainable fashion brands of 2021. The color-blocked style is made with a vegetarian suede-alternative fabric upper and a rubber sole with a round toe and chunky 2-inch wedge heel. Choose from three chic color combinations: an earthy brown/dark blue/pink, a summer color yellow/white/pink, and a sleek beige/white/lime green.
It's impossible not to love the futuristic feel of the Y-3 Logo Leather Mix Media Chunky Sneaker from the ongoing collaboration between Adidas and Japanese streetwear legend Yohji Yamamoto. The all-white chunky sneaker is elevated with a uniquely textured platform and an oversized Y-3 logo on the tongue that brings a bit of Yamamoto's signature avant-garde flair to the otherwise minimalist sneakers. In addition to style, their leather and textile upper, rubber sole, and lace-up front offer unparalleled comfort and trend longevity.
If you're a fan of limited-edition collabs, you won't want to miss out on these sleek Reebok x Cardi B Club Cardi Sneakers. The triple-white colorway, chain lace detailing, and funky transparent rubber outsole make them instantly stand out from the sea of white sneakers out there today. They're the perfect balance of timeless and fashion-forward— and compared to most big-name sneaker collabs, they're pretty affordable too!
If gorpcore, the latest of many social media-driven fashion trends, isn't already on your radar, it needs to be. After the success of the recent North Face x Gucci collab, hiking-inspired shoes, jackets, and bags are quickly becoming some of the hottest pieces in 2021. But don't worry! You don't have to be outdoorsy to partake in the trend; chunky sneakers like these Oakmont Trail Sneakers from FILA look equally as stylish on the streets as they do on a hike. While the thick midsole, durable traction outsole, and mesh upper make these FILA sneakers incredibly practical, the eye-catching colorway and chunky shape make them equally as fashionable too. Plus, at just $70, the high-quality shoes are budget-friendly too!
The iconic Nike Air Max 90 Sneakers are making a major comeback. The beloved 90s athletic shoe blends 90s fashion trends with modern streetwear for a sleek look that's sure to turn heads. And unlike many trendy sneakers, they're actually designed to stay comfortable during physical activity or long work days on your feet—just take it from the see-through bubble of Air Max's best-selling cushioning in the platform sole.
Instead of being overly trendy, these Classic Leather Legacy Sneakers from Reebok are sleek and refined. The chunky sneaker is a modern spin on Reebok running shoes from the 80s and offers all the comfort and traction of your go-to workout sneakers. They're equipped with foam cushioning and an exaggerated traction pattern on the rubber sole. While eye-catching, the unique rose-colored leather and suede upper, white rubber sole, and rust red laces still offer just as much versatility as your other white, grey, and neutral-colored sneakers.
Looking for a chunky sneaker that you can wear to the gym too? The Adidas NMD_R1 Sneaker is the perfect shoe for traveling, walking, or running errands after a workout class. The all-activity sneaker comes in a wide range of color combinations ranging from basics like white and black to bright pops of color and floral prints that are sure to turn heads.
Put your best foot forward in these unique Lettie Leather Rainbow outside Sneakers from Kurt Geiger London. While they're the perfect shoes for Pride Month, they're sure to stay equally as cool all year round. The 1.7-inch wedge, bungee lace-up styling, and spring-release clip have the perfect balance of trendy and timeless. And their rainbow-colored rubber outsole gives the plain white leather upper a little something special without sacrificing one bit of versatility.
By Alexander McQueen
Alexander McQueen's sleek Oversized Sneakers have remained one of the most popular casual shoes since the start of the chunky sneaker trend in 2017, and it doesn't look like they'll be going out of style any time soon. Try these chic Alexander McQueen Oversized Suede Heel and Transparent Sole Sneakers for a modern take on the now-iconic sneaker. The transparent light pink rubber sole, suede heel cap, and checker print laces instantly add a bit of style to the otherwise everyday white sneakers.
Nike's Ryz 365 2 sneakers are an updated, futuristic take on a classic 90s sneaker silhouette. The sleek, stylized cutouts lighten up the chunky foam sole and bring an airy aesthetic to the shoe. Plus, the DIY lacing lets you customize your shoes by lacing them under the midsole, through the webbing on the side, or around the heel for a unique look. The product comes in four modern colorways: all white, all black, black with white detailing, and chic pale pink with a white sole.
By New Balance
New Balance Made In Us 992 is made for women by women. This means the pair was designed, developed, and manufactured by all-female teams! Crafted in pared-down pale blush hue and featuring angora suede and marbled gray accents at the top. This retro pair of sneakers deliver both fresh and fashionable with ultra comfort.
This white and creamy chunky-soled women's sneaker features a low-top profile and textured mesh. What makes the pair different and stylish? The off-center lacing. If you are looking for a trendy pair this season, check out Balmain sneaker B rummer.