5-Inch Inseam Shorts | Just a Trend or Here to Stay?

5-Inch Inseam Shorts | Just a Trend or Here to Stay?

If you look around the internet, dog park, or bike path, you’ll notice a new trend in men’s shorts. 5-inch inseams are back! No longer stuck in 70s movies, now they’re worn by fitness enthusiasts, influencers, and athletes. We're here to tell you all there is to know about this growing trend, so you're ready to get a pair.

Embracing the Versatility of Shorts

What’s really exciting about 5-inch inseam shorts is they look good and feel great wherever they’re worn. Their length makes them perfect for the gym or on a run because they offer just enough coverage without being too baggy. And with less material, more of your leg is exposed to help prevent overheating.

Away from the gym, 5-inch shorts can be worn for many occasions. Dress them up with a clean button-up and loafers for a preppy garden party. Or throw on a graphic tee with crisp sneakers for a casual look that’s great for happy hour. All in all, 5-inch shorts have a more tailored silhouette, perfect for lifting weights or cocktail glasses, making them a versatile, easy-to-match essential.

Comparing 5-Inch and 7-Inch Inseam Shorts

While both styles of shorts have merit there are benefits and drawbacks to both. 5-inch shorts are having a moment in men’s fashion, so if you’re looking to keep up with the times, then they’re your ideal pair. This length also tends to hit most men right above, or a few inches above, the knee—resulting in a tailored look that can make you look a little taller compared to shorter shorts.

However, if you’re taller than the average Joe (read: 6’3” plus), 5 inches might feel too short. That’s when the 7-inch inseam is the perfect pick. On the flip side, if you’re below the average, a 7-inch short may be too long, hitting you below the knee—truncating your silhouette and making you look shorter.

Introducing Fourlaps' Range of 5-Inch Inseam Shorts

Known for quality fabrics and performance-inspired designs, Fourlaps’ 5-inch inseam shorts are the ideal foray into this style or a great addition to your ever-expanding collection. The Bolt Short comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns, making them perfect to pack in your gym bag. 

5-Inch Inseam Bolt Short in Black

Comfort and Performance

Made from ultra-light materials, our shorts are designed to keep you unrestricted during any run, spin, or lift. Plus, their antimicrobial, sweat-wicking liner adds additional support, and coverage, and helps to further prevent chafing. These shorts were made with athletic men in mind (hence a phone pocket stitched into the liner so you can run hands-free). 

Style and Trendiness

Available in a range of colors, the Bolt Short can match anyone’s style—there’s black, yellow and gray, olive, white, and even white camo, to name a few. You can stand out or stay neutral effortlessly. The black shorts are stylish and subtle enough to throw on a trendy tee or Henley and wear them out for drinks with friends. Trust us, you’ll be the most comfortable guy there.

Bolt Short Colors


Fabric and Sustainability

The Fourlaps performance fabric is made from a blend of recycled polyester and spandex, so you have the ultimate stretch and comfort needed when you’re working out. We understand that some of the fashion industry’s practices are harmful to the environment. That’s why we’ve been committed to sustainability since day one. Our premium RE/UP polyester is made from recycled plastic bottles and upcycled fabrics, allowing us to be kinder to the environment while providing durable performance fabrics you can depend on.

Hoochie Daddy Shorts: Understanding the Lingo

You may (or may not) have seen the term “hoochie daddy shorts” trending on TikTok. The term originated as a category of men’s shorts that sit higher up on the thigh than most standard shorts. Typically, they sport a 5-inch inseam, although those who really want to lean into the hoochie daddy aesthetic tend to go for a 3-inch inseam. Fourlaps’ Bolt shorts are the perfect, clean, stylish take on hoochie daddy shorts. With a 5-inch inseam, they fall at the right length. 

The Future of 5-Inch Inseam Shorts

Unlike the lifespan of internet memes, 5-inch inseam shorts are here for years to come. They offer a cleaner, more sophisticated look in and out of the gym, and they provide just enough coverage to prevent chafe but not so much to restricts airflow. Get in on the trend and shop Fourlaps' collection of trendy, comfortable, and performance-driven 5-inch inseam shorts.

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