The Hot Shoe Right Now Is Called a Dad Sneaker. What Do Dads Think About That?

Despite the ‘did you get those at Payless?’ look, dad sneakers are fetching upward of three times their sticker price on the resale market

With its oh-so-white shade and blocky silhouette, the Nike Air Monarch might be the ur-dad shoe. Photo Illustration: JULIA DUARTE FOR WSJ. MAGAZINE; PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES/NIKE

One of the more sought-after sneakers of the moment looks like something my 60-something uncle would wear to mow the lawn.

A pared-back version of Japanese running brand Asics’ Gel-Kayano 14 model, produced in collaboration with JJJJound, a Canadian blog turned minimalist clothing brand, these shoes are mostly silver and gray and a bit clunky in shape with mesh-paneling along the toe. Their sexiest descriptor may be “drab.”

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