Adidas is an incredible brand that was around long before the invention of the modern sneaker. They were founded nearly 100 years ago by Adolf “Adi” Dassler, hence the “Adidas” moniker. Their classic sneakers have had incredible staying power thanks to their stylish designs, comfortable fit and high quality construction. The best Adidas sneakers are equally suited for pickup basketball games and more formal work outfits, and the brand’s iconic three-stripe design is instantly recognizable wherever you go. Now, some of the company’s new creations are bringing the brand into the future.
Adidas is the home of the most important sneaker of the past decade, Kanye West’s signature “Yeezy” line of shoes (we especially like the Yeezy Boost 350 Version 2, if you can find them). While they do tend to sell out shortly after being dropped, there is an active resale market with many options under $300, not much more than the $220 retail price. As Yeezy’s are currently sold out, you’ll have to do some searching on resale websites to find the pair you’re looking for. Fortunately, Adidas has plenty of other men’s sneakers worth adding to your wardrobe.
Take a look at the options below and keep yourself looking classic below the ankles.
1. Adidas Top Ten Hi
BEST HIGH TOP SNEAKERS
One of the OG basketball sneakers, the Top Ten Hi is now a handsome, classic high top which has also made its rounds in the skateboarding community. Simple, vintage styling makes this a great option to dress up a bit. It’s the perfect high top sneaker to wear to a casual date, perhaps with light wash jeans, a t-shirt, and an unlined blazer. There are a variety of colors available, but we prefer the red, white and blue coloring seen below.
2. Adidas Ultraboost 19
A perfect “athleisure” shoe, the Adidas Ultraboost can be dressed up or down depending on what you wear with it. Just as at home at the gym or workout class as it is running errands or getting a bit of shopping in, you can style this with chinos and jean jacket, or with workout pants and a hoodie. Check out the many interesting colorways and pick one that works best for you!
3. Adidas NMD_R1
Adidas’ NMD_R1 is a nearly perfect sneaker. These are stylish shoes you can really build an outfit around. They’re comfortable due to the boost sole, have a sock-like slip-on construction, and have just enough of a nod to the classic while highlighting the new, modern styles of 2019 (and into the 2020s!). We like the classic white with the gum rubber sole, but feel free to expand into some of their other awesome colorways.
4. Adidas Stan Smith
BEST CLASSIC ADIDAS SNEAKERS
Occasionally, a shoe comes along that is basically perfect right from the get-go. Enter: the Adidas Stan Smith. This sneaker (named for the professional tennis player) has been around for decades and has maintained its status as a perennially perfect shoe nearly that entire time. It’s a great-looking, simple sneaker for casual outfits, and it’s also sufficiently clean and stylish to wear with a suit if you are so inclined. Dress it up, dress it down, wear it with whatever you want. We like the classic green, but try the many different variations until you find your favorite. For its simple and classic design, these are some of the best Adidas sneakers year after year.
5.Adidas Nite Jogger
BEST STYLISH WALKING SHOE
The Nite Jogger, new for 2019, is a great example of bridging new and classic shoes. The construction and boost sole is as new wave as it comes, but the style of the upper would be at home in an 80s workout video. These are exclusively to be used as stylish walking shoes, as they’re a little loose fitting and the upper is, while comfortable and well put together, not very stiff and prone to moving around as you move. This adds to the comfort, but wouldn’t make for a great workout shoe.
6. Adidas X Pharrell HU NMD Shoes
BEST HIGH FASHION OPTION
The Pharrell X Adidas HU NMD sneaker line has churned out some very cool shoes. With an almost sock-like construction that’s snug and stretchy around the foot, the simple knit upper leaves a lot of room for messages. This pair lends itself to the heart and Human Made Branding, which is not for the faint of heart (ba-dum-tiss) but can really make a statement. Wear these with some skinny jeans and a biker jacket and really lean into the whole look.
7. Adidas Adissage Slides
These really are the shoe that put slide sandals on the map. The little nubbles on the sole of the shoe are a heavenly massage whenever you walk on them, and they also provide airflow when you’re using them on your way to and from the shower or pool. They’re also really the only possible option that kind of works for socks and sandals (kind of). At this price, you can’t go wrong with picking up a pair of classic slides. In fact, because these men’s shoes only cost $21, we would recommend buying two pairs — one for the gym or pool and one for home.
8. Adidas Ozweego
BEST WILD AND CRAZY
What’s great about 2019 fashion (and beyond) is with the right confidence, you can wear basically anything you want. The thick, chunky and, frankly, ugly sneaker trend is really having a moment, and these Adidas Ozweegos fit that mold perfectly. Say you wanted to dip your toe into the chunky sneaker trend but don’t feel like dropping $800 on a pair of Balenciaga Triple S shoes? The Ozweego is a great way to see how you feel about this style. Try these with joggers, a designer hoodie, and lots of swagger.