It’s nothing new that the ‘Dad Trainer’ is having a serious moment and has been for a while now, but how did this sartorial sensation begin… Well thanks to major fashion houses Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton, the revival of this eighties essential/nineties necessity is now 2018’s answer to easy dressing and here at OTL HQ we can’t get enough of it!


Long gone are the days where we’d compromise comfort for looking cool, nowadays it is all about having the best of both worlds. So, you can only imagine how happy we are that these so called ‘ugly’ shoes have evolved from being the uniform of a middle age man to one of the most coveted items in any female fashionista’s wardrobe. Which leaves us with the question, why would a girl need heels when she can wear a trainer to elevate a look?


Believe it or not, the ‘Dad trainer’ is surprisingly versatile – that’s right, this brilliant but bulky shoe goes with just about anything. However, if you’re still on the side lines and wondering how you can incorporate normcore’s latest addition, we have created an edit of seven looks to see you through from Monday to Sunday in serious style.

 No need for Monday motivation when you team a look with the ‘Dad trainer’. This shoe gives your everyday look an injection of energy with a side of ‘get-up-and-go’, especially when it’s paired with a retro green check co-ord. 

Running errands around the city calls for a laidback look, so opt for a midi skirt styled with a chunky trainer for an outfit that looks well put together and combines femininity with function… also, who knows who you may bump into!

It’s the middle of the week and that calls for an in-between outfit. By pairing a blouse with tailored trousers and the added additions of a contrasting trainer, you’ll be sitting on the right side of smart casual for a day in the office. 

 It’s the better half of Wednesday and you need some downtime with friends – a slouchy but silky jumpsuit is the way to go. This low-key look works effortlessly with the dad trainer, which gives it the ever so desirable ‘thrown together’ feel.

It is the weekend but maybe you shouldn’t have had that final glass of vino last night – all we know is comfort is key today so trusty denim jeans are a must! The classic combo of trainers and jeans are a fashion staple, even if they are undated versions!

It’s date night and that calls for a look that’s both stylish and sleek. Opt for stepped hem trousers and a risqué sheer blouse for maximum effect, but nobody wants to look like they tried too hard so slip into your dad trainer. After all, who needs heels for height when we have our new ‘go to’!

Today’s a day where you need a look that will transition you from lounging on your sofa to sipping lattes at your local baristas; so a dreamy knitted duo is the perfect pairing for your faithful ‘dad trainers’ today!