The Truth About Why Dads Wear These Sneakers
If you feel like every old man in America is wearing these sneakers, we went to Olympia Sports in Fairhaven to find out what the heck is going on.
When I walked in the door, I was immediately asked if I needed help. I asked to see "the standard issue 'old man' sneakers—the one's EVERY old man has." Without hesitation, they brought me over to the shoes I was looking for.
"The people who buy them just keep buying them."
--Alison, Olympia Sports, Fairhaven
They are New Balance 608v4's. They come in extra wide. And they are the SECOND hottest thing in fashion for the over-70 crowd. That's right. I was shocked to find out there's something out there even hotter.
The REAL best sellers are the Nike Air Monarchs. When it comes to rockin' the Dad fashion, these sneakers are exactly what you need.
We spoke with Alison, an Assistant Manager at the Olympia in Dartmouth. She told us that the reason they are so popular is that they are a cross-training sneaker. Running sneakers are designed to only go forward, but the cross-trainers offer extra support all around the sneaker. That support keeps the older crowd coming back again and again.
"I've been working here since 1999, and Olympia has had these sneakers the entire time," she said. "They may slightly change an accent color or something, but the basic sneaker has remained exactly the same. The people who buy them just keep buying them over and over."
Alison did tell us that a good number of people also need to buy these for work, especially the black color. They are good for fast food situations where there may be slippery floors.
If you are looking for a sneaker that Dad will REALLY love this Father's Day, the Air Monarchs are equivalent to you wanting a pair of YEEZY Boost 350's. Come on, he deserves it.