13 Sneakers That Are the Best Kind of Ugly

As in, purposefully so.

Ugly sneakers—you know, with chunky dad soles like the ones your history teacher used to wear—are still having their moment. It's time to stop resisting and start leaning in. They're the perfect purchase for spring. They're comfortable, supportive, and pair well with jeans. So if you haven't already, there's really no better time to make your own ugly sneaker move. Here are 13 of the best. 

Fila Disruptor II Premium Sneaker

Fila's Disruptor is a classic. Plus, at $65, you can't beat the price. 

Adidas Yung-1 Sneaker

Adidas's Yung-1 feels slightly tamer than most thick sneakers. Wear your pair with light jeans and a windbreaker.  

Calvin Klein Jeans Marvin Logo Sneaker

This pair of thick-soled Calvins was made to be worn with a hoodie.  

Hoka One One Bondi 6

These double as a pair of very functional running shoes.  

Asics Gel Kayano 5 Sneakers 


Pairs well with denim—or track pants, if that's your vibe. 

New Balance 990v4 Running Shoe

There is no dad shoe quite like a New Balance 990v4. Lean into it with the classic gray color.  

Nike + Martine Rose Air Monarch IV Sneakers

Martine Rose elevated Nike's Air Monarchs to make them even more fashion-forward.  

Reebok Tech Sock Runner 


A true sock runner is very weird and very good in 2019. 

Koio Avalanche

Koio's take on the chunky shoe is executed particularly well in this quality leather-and-suede version.  

Ami Lucky 9 Sneakers

If any brand can make a dad shoe feel streamlined, it's Ami.  

Alexander McQueen Exaggerated Sole Sneakers 


McQueen's thick sole and playful coloring are signature high-fashion ugly.

Gucci Rhyton Sneakers

Gucci loves to lean in on a trend. These ugly sneakers are made bolder by a graphic and strategically placed dirt.  

Balenciaga Triple S Sneakers

If you want to go straight to the source, Balenciaga's Triple S revved up the whole ugly shoe trend this time around. Wear them with a pair of cropped trousers to really do the style justice.

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