It pained us to do it, but last year we admitted that our fathers were right about something: Chunky sneakers really are cool and comfortable. We weren’t alone in this revelation, either—so many people have embraced dad shoes as one of the biggest sneaker trends for 2018.
The pair at the top of this shoe pile would have to be the Fila Disruptor 2. Not only is it an OG of oversize kicks (it launched in 1996), but at $65, it’s a way more accessible option than, say, Balenciaga’s Triple S, thus lending itself to mass dadcore-meets-sleek-streetwear appeal. “The Disruptor 2 has been one of the most popular footwear styles in 2018, both in the US and globally,” Louis W. Colon III, vice president of heritage and trend at Fila North America, told us last month.
If you want to add a pair to your sneaker collection and plan to buy yours online, here’s a very helpful tip a lot of Amazon reviewers are sharing about the way these kicks fit. While the women who’ve bought ’em love ’em, find them super comfy, and are excited to lace up and go, they generally say the Fila Disruptor 2s fit small.
It’s ironic, given how big they look, but it’s nonetheless important intel to have if you’re adding them to your digital cart rather than trying them on IRL. Depending on how much wiggle room you like to have in the toe—and whether you plan on pairing yours with thick crew socks or patterned tights—consider going up a half to a whole size.
You’ll be glad you did when you don’t have to worry about blisters, on top of the extra weight of the super-chunky soles. Just think of wearing them as an extra leg workout.
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