Summertime in Illinois doesn't need to be all-white New Balance sneakers everywhere. The iconic 'Dad Shoes' just lost their throne this Father's Day.

Before you do another thing, you need to see the perfect new shoe coming for EVERY DAD, EVERYWHERE. If your 'Dad Shoe' wearer is also one who spends hours making sure his yard looks amazing, this would be the perfect shoe for him.

What are 'Dad Shoes'

The origin of dad shoes goes back to the 1980s and 1990s when athletic footwear brands like New Balance, Nike, and Reebok started producing bulky, chunky sneakers primarily marketed toward, middle-aged men.

I'm a Proud Dad Shoe Wearer

In the 1990s, I fractured a bone in one of my feet while playing tennis. As a result, a 3-inch titanium screw was permanently inserted. From that moment on, I needed to wear a chunkier shoe that would provide maximum support. That shoe was,

The New Balance 608

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For nearly 30 years, the New Balance 608 has been the go-to sneaker for this bum-footed dad. I love this shoe and I hate this shoe. It doesn't matter what other colors you find, the shoe is still boring.

About 3 months ago, I finally ditched the 608s for a brand I'd only been hearing about for about a year. In that year, this brand has grown tremendously in popularity, and for good reason, they're fantastic.

Stability, comfort, and looks, for too long, I'd only been able to find a shoe that checked two of those boxes. Until I tried on a pair of Hoka Bondi 8.


If you need a more supportive shoe also, the Hoka Gaviota 4 is good too.


I found some comfort in the Hoka Clifton 9, and I use those for my mowing and yardwork shoes. I may soon be replacing those after a recent story at

Now, the shoe coming for every dad who loves to spend time outside making his lawn the envy of every neighbor.

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The Perfect 'Dad Shoe'

From Cub Cadet, the Ultimate Mowing Shoe, The Ultimas. According to the company, a limited-edition release of The Ultimas,” will be available around the end of June. The shoe’s design is inspired by Cub Cadet’s Ultima Series zero-turn riding lawn mower.

I actually got excited when I saw some of the shoe's features:

  • Water-resistant upper
  • Grass-stain proof
  • Lace-less “EZ-On” closure
  • LED light-up tongue
  • Step-out heel frame

This has to be the most over-the-top mowing shoe commercial ever.

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