Best Dad Shoes
No More Ties!
If you’re still looking for a Father’s Day gift, you can never go wrong with a pair of shoes. You know Dad better than us, but we want to make it as easy as possible to pick out the perfect pair for your old man.
Here are the best Dad Shoes, broken down into four categories: Night Out, Family BBQ, Courtside, and our personal favorite, Splurge.
Best Dad Shoes For A Night Out
Cole Haan ZeroGrand Woven Oxford
The only way to get Dad to stop wearing those old beat-up loafers from the 1980s is to get him a sweet pair of casual shoes that double as fancy dress shoes in a pinch. The ZeroGrand Woven Oxford from Cole Haan strikes a perfect balance between dressy and understated.
The ZeroGrand Woven Oxford pairs well with both slacks and jeans, a blazer, or a simple tee. These are an instant all-around upgrade to his wardrobe…dare I say these will make him cool?
Nike Kwondo 1 “Triple White”
Another solid option to spruce up Dad’s fit on a night out is the Nike Kwondo 1 in this sleek all-white colorway. The Kwondo 1 is a wingtip dress shoe in the form of a sneaker. From top to bottom, including the golf shoe-esque tongue flap, the Kwondo 1 can be dressed down or dressed up.
Trust us, Dad is going to look so fly in this pair of kicks.
Best Dad Shoes For The Family BBQ
New Balance 550 “Triple Black”
For the last few years, a battle for the quintessential Dad Shoe has waxed stronger and stronger. The Nike Air Monarch has held the top spot amongst the majority of dads, but recently New Balance has come on strong with some great Dad-approved sneakers.
The New Balance 550 is the brand’s attempt to drop the “Dad Shoe” stigma and appeal to the cooler crowd…and honestly, it worked. The New Balance 550 might as well be called the Cool Balance 550 because these sneakers are so sweet.
The best part about the New Balance 550 is Dad can still rock a brand he loves while making himself infinitely cooler. A win-win in our books.
Olukai Ulele Sandals
This wouldn’t be a true guide for the best Dad Shoes if we didn’t include a pair of sandals. Forget those strappy sandals, Dad needs a pair of the Olukai Ulele Sandals.
They’re stylish, made from premium materials, and extremely comfortable. The Ulele Sandal from Olukai is perfect for those long hours spent slaving over the smoker to get the perfect smoke ring on that brisket, or for a quick trip to the grocery store.
Best Dad Shoes For Sitting Courtside
Air Jordan 1 Hyper Royal
Imagine sitting courtside at an NBA game and your dad getting caught on camera in something other than HEAT. You need to make sure Dad has the sneaker game to back up his “Michael Jordan will always be my GOAT” talk.
The Air Jordan 1 Hyper Royal is a clean colorway of everyone’s favorite sneaker silhouette, and they are super wearable. Your dad needs to own a pair of Jordan 1s.
Nike Dunk Low Grateful Dead
The Nike Dunk is easily the most popular sneaker right now (alongside the Jordan 1), and there are plenty of sweet colorways to go around.
If you really want Dad to look cool, you need to grab a pair of the Grateful Dead Nike Dunks…how can he go wrong with a pair of sneakers inspired by a band he grew up listening to?
Best Dad Shoes To Splurge On
Nike Air Mags
Now we’ve reached the fun part of the list. The Nike Air Mags are inspired by Dad’s favorite movie, Back to The Future.
Sure, they’re an acquired taste, but if you’re snagging a pair of Air Mags for Dad they’ll most likely be sitting in a display case in his office anyways. They’re a fun conversation piece, and who knows, maybe he’ll break them out for Halloween one year!
Air Jordan 1 OG Chicago (1985)
We’ve already featured the Air Jordan 1 on our list of the best shoes for Dad, but we’d be remiss to not mention the OG Jordan 1...the one that started it all. More than likely your dad got to watch Michael Jordan in his prime and has probably even dreamed of jamming from the foul line in his rec league games.
Don’t look at buying the Air Jordan 1 Chicago from 1985 as buying a sneaker…look at it as buying a piece of history. An original pair of the Chicago 1s is the perfect sneaker splurge for Dad’s man cave, office, or personal collection.
Dad Deserves Something More
That rounds out the list of the best Dad Shoes. This Father’s Day, give Dad a pair of sneakers! We heard that buying someone some sneakers is the sixth love language…there’s no better way to show your appreciation for Dad than insulting his bland wardrobe and then handing him some brand new kicks.
Make Dad Shoes cool again!