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What Steve Jobs dad shoes are back. Comfort seekers rejoice as clunky sneakers were once considered silly and downright ugly are cool again. The billionaire inventor of Apple Computers sported famous New Balance 991 and 992 with his black turtleneck and dad jeans. Cue to 2022, where department stores are stocked with dad shoes from authentic, high-end athletic brands (Balenciaga, Yeezy).

Thanks to 80s/90s/early 2000s grails like the Nike Air Monarch IV and New Balance classics, the term usually refers to practical and comfortable shoes popularized by dads and middle-aged men. Design-wise, Dad’s shoes are geared towards maximum comfort with thick soles for guaranteed support. Gray suede sneakers started it all, but you can also find silhouettes in muted palettes like white, beige, navy, and black. Below, we’ve picked our top picks for dad-approved laissez-faire shoes.

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Best overall

MADE in USA 993 Core

Best Nostalgic Dad Shoe

Air Monarch IV Elliptical Trainer

Best Luxury Dad Shoe

Track 80 suede and technical fabric sneakers


Bounce 7

Best Outdoor Dad Shoe

XT-WINGS 2 sports shoes

Walk Ultra 7 DMX Max shoe

How to Style Dad’s Shoes

Although they appear to be designed for mini-league games, dad’s shoes are surprisingly suitable for many occasions. Thankfully, today’s styles have been updated to provide casual style as well as comfort. We love the idea of ​​pairing relaxed jeans or pants with a trendy t-shirt and jacket for a total nostalgic effect.

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