8 of the best pairs of chunky trainers for men

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It’s fair to say that the chunky footwear trend, having transported itself from your favourite nineties pop video, could be here to stay for some time yet.

But why should this totally rad footwear be the preserve of Kylie Jenner-esque Insta girls and Kanye wannabes? It’s time to take a (literally) giant step for mankind and claim these fun, retro kicks for the average bloke. Here’s a rundown of our fave chunky trainers for guys:

Puma Thunder Spectra, £110

A large pair of trainers from Puma, with equally large amounts of style and luxury. These have been designed with inspiration from the brand’s nineties “Cell” running shoes, and also their collaboration with Alexander McQueen. This is sports footwear that would look the part walking down any high-fashion runway. 

Pull & Bear XDYE chunky sole trainers, £45.99

Pull & Bear always offer quality footwear for a remarkable price, and these trainers are no different. But it’s the slick colours that make these stand out. A classic sand-coloured outer is contrasted by a brilliant orange inner to impressive effect. At the moment this pair is exclusive to online.

Axel Arigato Demo Runner grey mesh trainers, £275

A pair for the chunky trainer connoisseur, this designer pair may set you back a fair amount of your monthly pay packet but you get what you pay for, right? These beauties are handmade and have a top quality suede upper in uber-cool muted tones that will go with pretty much any outfit.

Adidas Yung-96, £84.95

A pretty good entry point for those who want to take their first tentative (yet heavy) steps into the world of chunky footwear. These Adidas kicks resemble classic models from the nineties and come in a myriad of colourways, from the plain and demure to the downright gaudy.

Nike M2K Tekno, £89.95

A deeply retro pair of Nikes, these trainers will flirt dangerously close to making you look like your perm-headed mother on the school run circa ’94. But that is surely part of the appeal. A foamy sole will make these comfortable and lighter than your average chunky trainer.

Zara Sneakers with sheer details, £59.99

This pair from Zara might not be the chunkiest of the chunk, but by golly are they pretty. With the arrangement of primary colours and combination of materials used in the upper, they perhaps closer resemble a Turner Prize winning piece of art than a pair of trainers.

New Balance 624v4, £55

Ah New Balance. How could we compile this list with without one of the most quintessentially nineties trainer brands? You could easily imagine this pair on the feet of a fresh faced Jamie Theakston, leaping about the studio of Live & Kicking – but before his bondage brothel indiscretions…   

Bershka Men’s multi-piece trainers, £49.99

With bags of 20th Century attitude, these Bershka trainers are such good value that you will do well to stop yourself from doing a Mel C-style high kick whenever you put them on. And guess what? They even come with two pairs of laces for you to vary depending on your mood. What a time to be alive.

Featured image credit: Adidas

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