There is a lot of BAD dad shoe advice going on. From GQ to Esquire to Men's Health, dads are straight up getting bunk advice when it comes to finding the shoe that will make kids, moms at parks, and other style-savvy dads say DAMN.

But Dads, now isn't the time to abandon all hope of a dope existence. Now is the time to RISE UP.

The Hierophant and Sir Cortis are here to remedy that. Here, we unleash the sneaks that whisper hidden knowledge of comfort and style to the souls of dads who navigate the tempests of diaper changes with the same grace as they've mastered the art roasting a perfectly-cooked tri-tip on the bbq.

These are not mere accessories; they are wearable talismans for the modern-day guardian, anchoring them with every step into their role with style and substance.

What Makes a Good Dad Sneaker

A good dad shoe should be comfortable for extended time on your feet. It should be versatile so you don't have to change it as zip between the park/coffeeshop/school/work meeting. It should be something you can wear repeatedly, often.

And it should demonstrate the dad's acknowledgement of the existential tightrope that we all walk. That is, really really giving a f$%k about putting in the WORK, while at the same time not giving a rats a@@ about the dumb stuff.

Running Shoes are Not Dope Dad Shoes. Avoid These.

I hate to say it, but dear compatriots of daddom, use the specialty running shoes to run in, and let your dope dad sneaks be the ones you do magical dope dad stuff in.

That's INCLUDING and ESPECIALLY going to the park with your kiddos. Dads, unless you are doing 5.5-minute miles wearing short shorts while your beautiful spawn naps in the Bob stroller, please leave your high-performance running shoes at home and opt for one of my picks.

The offenders:

Running Hokas Hoka shoes are ok, I guess, but runner-Hokas-as-dad-shoes signify a certain brand of IDGAFness that I don’t agree with. Dads, I know you some of you just be loving the Hokas like cold fresh mozzarella with tomato and salt and oil on a late summer day, so if you want to see what I consider DOPE HOKAS, go to Canoe Club's website and view their selection.

On Running. Elevated laziness. The only thing that can save these is an Acronym or Visivm collaboration, which I don't see happening.

Basically any shoe listed in the "running" category on This is pretty self-explanatory.

pair of assorted-colorways adidas shoes

There are a few shoe styles that, well, I'm just not sure what to do with, for a variety of reasons. Here they are. I would recommend staying away from these unless you are a total ride-or-die fan of these styles already:

Yeezy 350 boost sneakers. There is so much to unpack with the 350s, so I just won't. Stick with the other models if Ye's are your jam. The 350s are completely washed, even if they are the most comfortable thing I've ever worn.

Post AJ4 Jordans. Fine to play in or wear to the gym, but the bill of overexposure has come due on many Jordan models. In fact, it pains me to say it, but I would just stick to the 1's if you are a Jordan-loving dad at this point. If you really want to wear your Jordan collection, just let your desire to rock AJ's be motivation to visit the gym more often.

Golden Goose. Hot take: in a Vacuum, Some Golden Goose sneaks are pretty dope. Problem: the eurotrash, moved-to-Malibu-with-my-trophy-wife stink clings to these kicks like yesterday's mussels. To be dope in GG, you REALLY have to have the rest of your outfit dialed in, and your whole vibe had better not include tight ripped jeans, tucked-in polo shirts, or strolls back and forth from your Porsche. Just avoid them and be safe.

Nike Blazers. The Nike Blazers have been co-opted by high school and college kids (Gen Z?). Sorry dads, please avoid.

The Top 5 Easy-Goers

Guys, there is no excuse not to wear cool dad shoes. This following group of kicks is easy to find, relatively inexpensive, and easy to wear.

Adidas Samba

Dads donning the Adidas Samba tap into a timeless vibe that channels the never-ending dopeness of European football. The shoe's enduring popularity proves that some things really do get better with age. Like you.

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Salomon XT-6

Salomon XT-6 Ghost Gray
- Remember the XT-4? This is the XT-6 it’s just the 4 plus 2. Maybe that means it’s better and maybe it has two more things that the XT-4 has. Both bonuses in my mind.- Mesh upper with TPU overlays- Quicklace® system with lace pocket- OrthoLite sock liner- EVA EnergyCell midsole with Agile Chassis system- Rubber Contagrip TA outsole

These may have hit peak popularity on the fashion circuit or with the NYC crowd, but in my book, they are still one of the best all-around shoes you can rock if you are looking for something versatile that you can really get adventurous in when you are being a badass at the local children's museum.

New Balance Anything

New Balance M2002RLY Rich Earth/Blacktop
It’s the year of the rabbit people! And these shoes were inspired by rabbits.No 🐰s were harmed in the making of these I might add, but they may make you jump as high as a rabbit? I actually don’t know if they will but Nick Camara thinks these will turn him into an athlete and is the reason he got them for the gym 🏋🏽. Suede and mesh upper ACTEVA LITE midsole cushioning ABZORB heel cushioning Stability Web technology provides added arch support N-ergy outsole

I'll be honest: I can't tell a New Balance 990 from a New Balance 1070 from any other NB unless somebody shoves it in front of my face and hands me a calculator. That's okay; all New Balance shoes are evergreenly dope in the dad sneaker category. So let this be your style hack if you can't decide upon a good dad shoe—just buy something New Balance. Bonus pick if you can find a pair of the ones I let get away.

Nike Old School Picks

Nike Air Footscape Woven “Earth”
- FB1959-200- Only available in Canada, international orders are subject to cancellation and a 10% restocking fee.

This is a big category, but includes several retro styles that you can't go wrong. They include:

  • Nike Killshot
  • the Air Max '95, '97, '91, and most of the other older Air Max Styles
  • Oldschool Waffle Trainers. 
  • Also the early-model Air Jordans, preferably the 1's. 

I'm also giving props to dads in Nike Terminators and bonus for CDG Terminators.

Converse All-Stars

Converse CT 1970s Hi Deep Waters A00752C
The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star was originally released in 1917. A classic style, the 1970s iteration pays homage to the All Star design of the era with limited edition branding to the heel. A classic that will never go out of style. Premium canvas uppers Vintage 1970’s details Leather patch

We've written about this ad naseum, but who cares? It's the ultimate style slayer. Dads, you can wear cons to your heart's content and feel good about it. These blue ones right here are the joints I wear myself, and mine are beat as hell.

Category 2: expensive, awesome, due for a dad-worthy comeback

Common Projects Achilles Mid

This is another shoe that shows up repeatedly on my listicles. I'm not sure they ever went away, but these are due for a huge comeback. This is an exceptionally versatile dad shoe, but don't get it twisted and treat these expensive kicks with kid gloves. No. Beat these up as soon as possible. Do epic dirty dadness in these because worn Common Projects are gangsta.

You'll notice I picked the Achilles mid, which, in my opinion, is the dopest CP style by miles. Also if a pickup game breaks out, you can actually ball 🏀 in these, just don't expect a ton of cushion.

MM6 Court Sneakers

MM6 Maison Margiela Leather 6 Court Sneakers | Grey | Canoe Club
Crafted from premium calf leather, the low top sneaker features a traditional military trainer silhouette updated with a Margiela design twist and a natural crepe sole. MM6 finishes the look with a signature white stitch on the back of the sole. Fits true to size. Calf Leather Low Top Natural Crepe Sole Grey

I think these are exceptionally cool sneaks, presenting an opportunity for the enterprising minimalist dad to pull something off that you won't see often. The crepe soles on these are rad. Yes, they are expensive, but whatever, this is, not

Balenciaga Triple S

triple s sneaker
Shop the Men’s Triple S Sneaker in Black at the Balenciaga US official online boutique.

Also due for a comeback. If you are a super-confident dad who is ready to flex, rock these bad boys with aplomb. Now, 2024 is the perfect moment to help spearhead the inevitable Triple S renaissance.


Kicks from this brand are really interesting, so go crazy with any of the MMY styles.

George OG Sole Mix Material Low Top - Navy
Maison Mihara Yasuhiro’s George OG Sole Mix Material Low Top takes on a premium aesthetic within its construction. The sneaker features a textile upper along with mesh underlays for added dimension. The sneaker’s suede overlays, tongue branding, and rubber outsole wrap up the remainder of the look. Textile upper Suede

Special Editions

Ok, so you are one of those dads with personality, who also really cares about shoes. Here are some curated picks if you want to be the dopest dad on the block

Adidas/Song For The Mute

SFTM-003 Country OG / Song for the Mute
Song for the Mute. A long-form story. A male and female cast. Seasons as chapters. Never one the same. Narratives told with beautiful fabrics and experimental process.

All credit to the always-on Blackbird Spyplane for bringing these gems to my attention as a special-edition upgrade (?) on the Sambas. These have active, rock-climby, low-fat granola vibes, in the best way.

Bode Astro Grabber

The Bode x Nike Astro Grabber SP is dropping a lot sooner than expected
The Bode x Nike Astro Grabber SP is bringing back a vintage model for the first time ever.

Good luck getting ahold of these (2024's most anticipated drop), but if you can get em, definitely get em!

Tom Sachs Nike GPS

NikeCraft General Purpose Shoe Tom Sachs Archive Dark Sulfur
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It's not really PC to be pro-Tom-Sachs right now, but I'll always be pro Tom Sachs sneakers. The GPS is unassailable as a shoe, and you can prob pick up a deal on em' right now.

Moncler Trail Grip

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Again, quite expensive, but you'll be fine if the apocalypse breaks out and you have to bag some 14ers.

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