Chunky Sneakers: How To Style For Any Occasion
I love chunky sneakers. I would literally wear them everyday if I could. They’re comfortable, cute, and make my short legs look taller. Chunky sneakers go way back to the days of platform shoes in the 60s and 70s. They will always be trendy and they’re popping up even more on today’s runways and social media style guides.
Why Wear Chunky Sneakers
One of the main reasons why chunky sneakers are so popular is they are super flattering. Most chunky sneakers add a good 2-3 inches to your height- some much more with super tall chunky sneakers. The thicker sole adds height and length to your bottom half which can make your legs look skinnier and longer.
In addition to making you look taller and leaner, chunky sneakers can also make you look a bit more dressed up than regular sneakers. Running around in gym shoes is fine when you’re running errands and doing a lot of walking. Let’s be honest though, sometimes you feel like a bum when you’re wearing an old pair of raggedy gym shoes.
You can still be super casual but throw in a pair of chunky sneakers and now you’re adding some fashion and style into the mix.
What To Wear With Chunky Sneakers
The great thing about chunky sneakers is that they’re versatile. You can easily dress them up or dress them down depending on what you wear. Chunky sneakers have even been done on fancy, red carpet events.
So what else can you wear with chunky sneakers? One of the most popular ways to wear them is simply with a pair of trousers or jeans. The height added from the chunky sneakers paired with form-fitting pants will give you lean, long legs.
Shorts, a simple tank top or graphic tee can give you a fun, sporty summer time look.
The over-sized sweater, short shorts, and pair of white chunky sneakers is pretty much Ariana Grande’s uniform when she’s not bedazzled out in her stage costumes.
Work out gear, yoga pants, and baggy pants can also work well with chunky sneakers.
For a more dressed up look, you can also pair your chunky sneakers with a casual dress or skirt. The dress-sneaker combo may be a bit odd at first but it has definitely been one of the top trends in 2022 and 2023 among influencers.
Go for a short sundress or mini-skirt for a sexy, day-time look.
Wear an ankle-length skirt or dress paired with a cute jacket for a trendy but casual night out look.
Best Chunky Sneakers
If you’re ready to get yourself a pair of chunky sneakers, there are tons of designer brands as well as more affordable options. Some of the most popular, top-selling chunky sneakers in 2022 and 2023 include:
Keds Women’s Triple Up Leather Sneaker features a Triple Up platform, combining the classic look of a tennis shoe with trendy and highly cushioned 1.5″ platform soles. This versatile design complements a variety of outfits, from leggings to little black dresses, making it a great shoe when you just need to slip something on and go.
These PUMA shoes are a modern take on a classic tennis shoe and a modern, fashionable, chunky sneaker. Featuring a mix of different durable leather and suede materials and a comfortable sockliner in combination with an elevated 2 inch platform midsole, these sneakers elevate your confidence and height.
Reebok Women’s Club C Extra Sneaker is another classic when it comes to popular chunky sneakers. The sneaker / platform combo allows you to wear sporty sneakers while still keeping it cute and girly. These chunky sneakers add an extra 1.5 inches to your height and come in a variety of colors and styles.
Everyone’s gotta have a pair of chucks in their closet. They’re the ultimate trendy, throwback shoe. Regular Chuck Taylors are as flat as can be, but Chuck Taylor lifts? Now we’re talking. These Converse chunky sneaker feature canvas fabric, a rubber sole, and a 1.25 inch chunky platform.
Nike Air Force 1 Pixel Women’s shoes are a popular, athletic chunky sneaker. Remodeled as a women’s fashion sneaker after the classic Jordan 6 sneakers, these shoes have all of the high quality features Nike is known for including high quality leather, clean stitching, and a 1.5 inch rubber role.
For a chunky sneaker that you can actually workout in, HOKA ONE ONE Bondi 8 women’s shoes would be what you need. These chunky sneakers are built to be foam-light for runners and use extended heel geometry for the most comfortable fit and performance. While being an incredible running shoe, HOKA ONE ONE Bondi 8 Womens shoes have a 1.22 inch heal making it the ultimate athletic, chunky sneaker.
While not technically a sneaker, they’re still on the list because they’re so cute. Tory Burch Women’s Seaside Oxford Espadrilles are part sneaker and part espadrille. These charming Tory Burch sneakers mix classic canvas and a braided jute midsole, as well as a 1.5 inch platform.