In the 1990s and the early 2000s, Skechers is among the top brands in people’s minds when we talk about sneakers. Somewhere along the way, the American brand lost its spark, with other brands like Nike and Adidas dominating the heads of sneakerheads. This time around though, it is making a stealthy comeback by reinventing and reissuing a classic for the lifestyle company: the Skechers D’Lites.
Retro-ing is not a territory exclusive to Skechers, as other sportswear companies have done the same for their most iconic shoes. But the D’Lites are sprinkled with extra glitter (literally, for some options) and buzz when remembering how the brand made chunky sneakers the “in” thing and how cool it was to own them a decade ago. They were also memorable for the endorsers that sported them back in the day, pop stars Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera among them. Today, their rise from the dead may only be inevitable now that the fashion scene is embracing the chunky sneakers once more. And if it’s any proof, we’re seeing them more and more on the feet of celebrities and influencers on Instagram, all in their unrestrained, thick glory.
Release Date & Price
Release date: 2007
The design’s appeal is subjective, but those who fancy the D’Lites can choose in a variety of colorways. The main thing about the shoes though are their comfort; even if you are not completely sold on the chunky soles, they can provide you the cushion you need if you’ll be on your feet the whole day. You can thank Skechers for designing these with insoles that are well-padded and supportive, as well as the toes that have enough wiggle room.
The sneakers are lightweight and breathable to boot, and it’s a relief you wouldn’t have to drag and sweat in them despite the appearance that may tell you otherwise. A little self-conscious about the height? The elevated soles can make you feel slightly better and appear a tad taller than how you really stand. D’Lites won’t also break the bank should you decide to take the plunge.
Snug and preferred by many as they may be, the D’Lites’ shortcoming comes in its lack of arch support, a common complaint by those who bought the shoes and were discontent with its promise of comfort. There is no way to remedy these through removable insoles because the shoes do not give the option of more supportive inserts. The shoes also often run small, so getting a half size up is suggested. For those with wide feet, you’ll be left expecting more from the D’Lites because of its narrow fit.