Jun 14, 2018

Father’s Day is upon us once again. Buying gifts for our dads can get really challenging especially because most times, dads don’t really ask for stuff.

And while a cake or dinner to his favorite restaurant may be good enough, they may come off as last-minute and not well-thought of. Shoes, on the other hand, is a fool-proof Father’s Day gift if you ask me. Because, 1.) shoes last a long time, and 2.) if your dad ends up not liking the shoes you chose, you will end up with a pair for yourself, given you share the same shoe size.

Plus, “dad shoes” are having a moment in fashion right now. From those Raf Simons Ozweegos to the Balenciaga Triple S, there has been a trend that seems to associate quirky (some will say ugly), out-of-this-world shoe designs to the masculine figures in our lives.

Now, I don’t know about your dad but here are some suggestions, should you opt to get him a pair of shoes this Father’s Day.


For the office dad: Penny Loafers

  • Perfect for everyday office wear outfit
  • Can also be worn for attending Sunday mass
  • Ages well so the probability of it being passed down is big


For the always-on-the-go dad: Crocs

  • Perfect for indoors and outdoors, for driving, not so much for malling, because of escalators
  • Your dad has long been wanting to have one, but you and your mom have been ignoring his pleas
  • Everyone secretly borrows their dad’s Crocs when they can’t find their house slippers, admit it


For the basketball fan dad: Nike LeBron Soldier XII “Agimat”

  • Perfect for flexing to other basketball fan dads
  • Your dad will think you’re a hotshot at work after he finds out how much it costs
  • Velcro straps will save your dad from constantly having to kneel to re-tie its shoelaces


For the jet-set dad: Boat shoes

  • Perfect for casual weekends, for beach trips, and for picnics
  • He’s long been eyeing this one after hearing good reviews from other dads in the neighborhood
  • “No, dad, you’re not getting a yacht for next Father’s Day!”


For the adventurous dad: Teva sandals

Branching out in the Hurricane XLT 2. (📷:@mikaelkennedy) #StrapIntoFreedom

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  • Perfect for dads who like to take on mountains and go on hiking trips
  • He will like it because it has a Velcro strap
  • You might need to take him to a nail salon


For the active dad: Saucony

  • Perfect for early morning jogs with your mom
  • It has Memory Foam technology which is great but you might have to Google it to explain it to him better
  • It has laces, but if he could look past that, it’s a great shoe for him


For the stylish dad: Adidas Stan Smith

  • Perfect for dads who like to be matchy-matchy with their toddlers
  • He is sure he had one exactly like it in college
  • Plus, it has a new bouncy sole which makes it even comfier to walk in


For the mallrat dad: Onitsuka

  • Perfect for long walks at the mall accompanying indecisive moms
  • It has laces but they don’t loosen up quickly
  • Your mom probably has one too, so they could rock it together


For the young-at-heart dad: Converse Chuck Taylor All Star ‘70s

The best ever. #Chuck70

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  • Perfect for dads who like reminiscing their high school days
  • Converse actually re-released it in its original thick-soled structure which your dad is more familiar with
  • You can borrow it sometimes—if he lets you


For the fashion-forward dad: Cole Haan 2.ZERØGRAND Oxfords

  • Perfect for dads who always complain about how chunky and heavy his leather shoes are
  • Maybe a bit costly, so you want wanna get your other siblings, and your mom to pitch in
  • Their stores are also having a sale, so if you have an extra budget you might want to get yourself one, too


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