Sometimes, more is more. Unapologetically bold, the extreme soles and exaggerated detailing that define the chunky trainer movement might have begun with the fashion and music elite – but they kicked off a new footwear revolution that’s now embraced by everyone. Almost every sought-after sneaker release now has a thicker sole – which is great news, as thanks to a combination of thoughtful styling and clever design, chunky trainers look good and feel even better. It’s time to get in step with the style formerly known as dad shoe or ugly shoe – and now, couldn’t be cooler.
Are chunky trainers still in?
100%. Thanks to our ever-growing love of athleisure, chunky has become the style du jour – whether it’s a stacked trainer or larger-than-life summer sandal. We’ve come a long way from the days when wearing trainers to work would seem pretty radical – now, they’re part of our daily wardrobe.
What to wear chunky trainers with
Brilliantly versatile, chunky trainers can be worn with just about any outfit. Pair yours with a sweatshirt and jeans to a more relaxed look, or dress them up by combining with a casual midi dress.
Speaking of dresses – from bodycon midis to flowing maxis, chunky trainers have the added benefit of complementing almost any style. They also work brilliantly with shorts, joggers and leggings – so this is truly one wardrobe staple you might soon find you can’t do without.
If you’re a jeans lover through and through, then chunky platform trainers are a sure thing to keep your go-to denim and sneakers combo looking fresh and fashion-forward. From slim fit and mom jeans to straight cut, baggy and boyfriend, a chunky style will elevate your look in a snap.
Best chunky trainers
White chunky trainers
There’s a reason why white chunky trainers are the stand-out favourite of so many of our summer wardrobes. Paired with everything from floral midi dresses to classic chinos, fresh white kicks are a natural choice when it comes to effortlessly putting together daytime or evening looks.
With its innovative design and sleek new athleisure profile, the ultra-lightweight Nova Lumis is the perfect choice for those wanting to dip their toes into the chunky trainer trend. Understated and simple, yet they embody the look perfectly.
Black chunky trainers
Don’t want the hassle of keeping white shoes clean? Then black chunky trainers are a great alternative – plus, they work well in the autumn and winter months. A black trainer that complements almost any outfit, our Un Rio Lace in black leather combines stretch materials and soft leathers with a chunky sole to create a sports-inspired look. If your days are looking busy, then try Un Rio Strap – a riptape fastening trainer that takes the stress away from those times when you’re rushing out the door.
Black also makes for a striking contrast with red and green hues. Available in dark olive and merlot, our Tri Path Lo GORE-TEX is a chunky women’s active shoe that’s perfect if you’re looking for a style that’s practical yet stylish. Crafted for the outdoors, these trainers benefit from waterproof, breathable technology, rugged hiker lacing and a padded collar for ankle support, with their chunky sole keeping your look on-trend whenever and wherever you’re out and about.
Pink chunky trainers
Feminine, fun and ultra-versatile, it’s no wonder everyone is thinking pink. Try a light shade, like the Sprint Lite Lace to add a pop of colour to your ensembles – whether you’re heading to a fitness class or just want to jazz up the everyday. Take your look from day to night with a floaty, floral dress and cropped denim jacket, or dress down with some black leggings and an oversized sweatshirt to wear when you’re walking.
Animal print chunky trainers
If you’re looking to make a bold impression, then animal print chunky trainers are the way to go. Leopard print or faux snakeskin patterns are always on-trend, so if you’re after a chunky trainer that you can wear year after year, then opt for one of these prints.
If you’re new to prints, then shoes in classic colours like black or white featuring a small amount of pattern are a good place to start. Un Rio Strap in off-white leather seamlessly combines clean, white leather with snake print in gorgeous neutral shades, to make a subtle style statement.
Chunky trainers is one trend that’s definitely worth the hype – and with comfort, versatility, and stand-out style, it’s not running out of steam any time soon.