This Season’s Chunky Trend

Chunky shoe lovers: this one’s for you. Unapologetically bold, the super-size soles and exaggerated detailing that define the chunky trainer movement might have kicked off with the fashion and music elite – but it’s now become a footwear revolution that’s only getting bigger and bigger!

Sometimes, more is more. Almost every trainer launched at the moment boasts a chunky sole, and thanks to a combination of thoughtful styling and clever design, chunky sole trainers look good and feel even better. Ready to get in step? Here’s everything you need to know about chunky trainers!

Clarks Un Rio Tie White Leather Chunky Trainers

Are chunky trainers still in fashion?

Absolutely! Both women’s chunky trainers and men’s chunky trainers are still the height of fashion – and there’s a good reason for it. Thanks to our ever-growing love of athleisure, chunky has become the style du jour, whether it’s a stacked trainer or a larger-than-life summer sandal. We’ve come a long way from the days when wearing trainers to work would seem pretty radical. Now, they’re part of our daily wardrobe.

What to wear chunky trainers with

Brilliantly versatile, you can rock your chunky trainers with just about any outfit. Pair yours with a sweatshirt and jeans to a more relaxed look or dress them up for an effortlessly stylish finish by combining with a casual midi dress.

Speaking of dresses – from bodycon midis to flowing maxis – chunky trainers have the added benefit of looking naturally cool with almost any style. They also work brilliantly with shorts, joggers and leggings, so this is truly one wardrobe staple you shouldn’t miss out on!

If you’re a jeans lover through and through, style your chunky trainers with a pair of skinnies and a casual sweatshirt for a killer streetstyle look. From slim fit and mom jeans to straight cut, baggy and boyfriend, a chunky sole elevates your look in a snap.

Can men wear chunky trainers?

All trainers tend to be pretty gender neutral (that’s what we love about them) and chunky trainers are no exception. When it comes to men’s styling, chunky trainers are just as versatile with men’s clothes as they are with women’s. Wear yours with straight leg blue jeans and an oversized sweatshirt for a casual look, or for smarter occasions, they look great with chinos or suit trousers.

Best chunky trainers

White chunky trainers

Wondering how to wear your chunky white trainers? Styling them couldn’t be easier – in fact, there’s a reason why white chunky trainers are the stand-out favourite of so many summer wardrobes. The perfect pairing for everything from floral midi dresses to classic chinos, fresh white kicks are a natural choice when it comes to effortlessly pulling together daytime or evening looks.

With its innovative design and sleek new athleisure profile, the Un Rio Tie is the perfect choice for those wanting to dip their toes into the chunky trainer trend. Understated and simple, yet embodying the look perfectly.

Black chunky trainers

Don’t fancy the hassle of keeping white shoes clean? Then black chunky trainers are a great alternative. Plus, they hold up as well in autumn and winter as they do in summer and spring.

A black trainer that complements almost any outfit, Un Rio Sprint in black leather combines stretch materials and soft leathers with a chunky sole to create a sports-inspired look. If your days are looking busy, then try Un Rio Strap – a riptape fastening trainer that has you ready to go when you’re rushing out the door.

Black also makes for a sharp and striking contrast with red and green hues. Available in dark olive or plain black, Tri Path Sport GORE-TEX is a chunky women’s active shoe that’s perfect for ticking both practical and stylish boxes. Crafted for the outdoors, these trainers benefit from waterproof, breathable technology, rugged hiker lacing and a padded collar for ankle support, with their chunky sole keeping your look on-trend whenever and wherever you’re out and about.

Clarks Hero Lite Lace Black and White Chunky Trainers

Pink chunky trainers

Feminine, fun and ultra-versatile, it’s no wonder everyone is thinking pink. Try a light shade, like the Nova Glint, to add a pop of colour to your ensembles – whether you’re heading to a fitness class or just want to jazz up every day looks. Hop on the ‘90s trend and style your pink chunky trainers with an all-pink ensemble, Mean Girls style, or keep your outfit more muted with creams, blacks and nudes.

Take your look from day to night with a floaty, floral dress and cropped denim jacket, or dress down with some black leggings and an oversized sweatshirt to wear when you’re walking.

Animal print chunky trainers

If you’re looking to make a big impression, then animal print chunky trainers are the way to go. Leopard print or faux snakeskin patterns are always on-trend, so if you’re after a chunky trainer that you can wear year after year, then a print like this should see you right.

If you’re new to prints, then shoes in classic colours like black or white featuring a small amount of pattern are a good place to start. Un Maui Lace seamlessly combines clean, black leather with leopard print in gorgeous shades of black, orange and gold, to make a dramatic style statement.

The chunky trainers trend is one that’s worth the hype – and with comfort, versatility, and stand-out style, it’s not running out of steam any time soon. Browse through our collection of women’s trainers, or head over to our blog where you can find more style tips and tricks.