If we could sum up men’s fashion in the past year with just a single article of clothing, there is no doubt in our minds that it would be the ever-so-classic pair of joggers. Dressing up, or getting dressed at all, has become far more relaxed than it used to be. High fashion in the days of COVID-19 looks less like walking the runway and more like walking around in your old high school sweats three days in a row. Nobody’s proud of it, but it’s the hand we’ve been dealt. When it came time to pick the best products of the past year, you better believe comfy sweats were at the top of our list.
In spite of that, it’s relieving to know that men’s fashion today actually does cater to a relaxed lifestyle. As we all get vaxxed and begin to leave our houses for the first time in forever, it’s time to finally take those loose, old sweatpants off and trade them in for a refined, cozy pair of joggers.
Now, if you’re a punny person; a joker of the “dad” variety, we’re sorry to say that, no, joggers are not slower than running pants. If anything, they’re cooler, and not because jogging requires less energy than running. But in a world of cuffed pants, the jogger presents a clean and easy alternative to looking good and sometimes even making a statement.
The traditional jogger has three distinct characteristics:
- Pull-up style pant
- Elastic waistband with drawstring
- Elastic cuffed bottoms
The best men’s joggers today remain true to their original uses — comfort and accessibility. In fact, they’re a derivative of a style of sweatpants largely associated with track and field, hence the name. But modern fashion, like every menswear staple, has twisted and translated this garment into multiple versions that are appropriate for all lifestyles.
WHO WEARS MEN’S JOGGERS IN 2021?
Today, the world of menswear has created joggers for lounging, casual and dressy occasions, aside from the traditional activewear version. Most people are familiar with the pajama bottom or sweatpant versions, but casual and dress types are becoming widely popular in the streetwear and tailored fashion scenes.
Brands like Everlane, Mack Weldon and ASOS have dominated the jogger style in recent times, helping to reshape the way the best men’s joggers are worn. New fabrics have been implemented, some even with prints or patterns, to separate from the lounge and activewear types. Today, it’s not uncommon to see a pair of joggers worn with some classic Gucci loafers, Jordans or Stan Smiths.
This kind of design development opened up the garment to be worn in environments like the office, family gatherings and even award shows while achieving a level of presentation far more acceptable than exercise clothing.
To demonstrate their versatility, here’s a collection of some of the best joggers for men available right now. For spring and summer style, we went looking for joggers with lighter materials and colors.
1. Mack Weldon Ace Sweatpants
To say we love Mack Weldon’s Ace sweatpants would be quite an understatement. We’re obsessed. We want to marry them.
At the end of last year, we named these joggers as the best sweatpants in our 2020 SPY Man Awards. And for good reason. We’ve been wearing these bad boys for quite literally the entire year and they’re still holding up as if they were brand new. Each pair of sweats is made with french terry and has a tailored fit for any kind of guy. There is just enough stretch for you to switch your position in your WFH chair up to 27 times a minute because we know damn well that’s been one of your sole hobbies Monday through Friday since last March.
Pair the Ace sweatpants with just about anything — your go-to college tee, your comfiest hoodie or even a polo for those Zoom meetings we’ve all become way too accustomed to. Once you try these on, you’ll never want to wear anything else.
2. SAXX Snooze Sleep Pants
BEST FOR QUARANTINE
We recently featured this pair of joggers in a sort of love story dedicated solely to these pants. SAXX, otherwise known for their extremely comfortable underwear, designed the Snooze Sleep Pants to ensure maximum comfort whenever they’re dressing that bod. Even just looking at them, you can tell they’re soft but also durable enough to wear multiple days in a row — not that you should. They’re built with stretch to keep you comfortable on the couch or snoozing away the day in bed. They’re really lightweight so it essentially feels like you’re wearing nothing, which is perfect for summer. Wear these with a steaming hot, fresh pizza from your local pizza spot. Trust us, joggers and pizza are a winning outfit.
3. Lululemon Surge Joggers 29″
BEST FOR EXERCISE
Oh, so you’re exercising in your joggers? Wow. Who knew people could do that.
After all this time in quarantine, maybe the reason you’re looking for joggers is so you can get back on your fitness before you have to bare your bod this summer. If you’re scared, don’t worry, we are too. Quarantine did us dirty. Thankfully, Lululemon’s Surge Joggers are the perfect pair to help you with your fitness journey. They are designed for high-performance activities such as running and lifting. Each pair is made with game-changing sweat-wicking fabric so you can stay dry no matter how hot it’s getting and there are also a number of cool colors available to choose from.
4. Gap Camo Slim Canvas Men’s Joggers
BEST CASUAL PRINT
For some guys, finding a cool pair of printed pants to break up the monotony of solid colors can be difficult. While a normal pair of joggers adds texture, a printed pair of joggers adds interest. Gap has found the spotlight in the jogger market, making some of the coolest joggers for men while finding new ways to make them interesting. This pair in camo is one of those fun prints that doesn’t look too loud yet still pushes the boundaries a little. Use this as a substitute for a pair of sweats and pair it with a white t-shirt and a clean pair of sneakers.
14. Amazon Essentials Men’s Straight-Fit Joggers
Once again, Amazon Essentials comes through with a great deal. This pair of joggers is what we’d consider to be the most basic, which actually makes them perfect for everyday use this summer. Khaki or tan is one of the more popular colors and looks great with just about anything. This pair from Amazon is a straight fit, which means it’s a bit more relaxed, not as to-the-leg as some others in this article, but offers just as much mobility and comfort. For anybody trying to escape the everyday chino, this is your best option, and at a very low cost.
6. Champion Life Reverse Weave Men’s Joggers
THE DAD JOGGER
These are the sweats your dad wore in the 90s. Hell, these are the sweats your dad STILL wears today — probably the same pair, too. If they’re comfortable enough for him, they’re going to be a quarantine staple for you. Champion, believe it or not, has been in production since 1920 and has been specializing in activewear almost from the start. They’ve seen their ups and downs throughout the years but they’ve always been good for quality goods. For now, Champion is probably at their highest point again in their existence, these are even, dare we say, quite trendy. This is precisely why your dad has hung on to them this long, he’s just a trend master.
7. Born Tough Momentum Track Suit Jogger Pants
Made from Born Tough’s immensely stretchy Momentum fabric, these joggers are built for just about anything. Running, walking, sitting — whatever. You name it, you can get it done in these pants. The pants have two side-zip pockets to keep your belongings safe and are purposefully placed toward the top of the hip so they don’t get in the way during movement. They have a waist loop on the back to keep a towel if you need one as well. Coming in at just $30, you’ll be shocked with how high-quality they are.
8. Eleventy Stretch Wool Jogger Dress Pants
BEST DRESS JOGGER
Joggers have been slowly creeping into formal wardrobes thanks to luxury fashion making the transition. This pair of joggers from Eleventy is a handsome example of a work-appropriate jogger. Right off the bat, we see that this isn’t a pair of sweatpants. In fact, this is a lightweight, textured wool material and is manufactured in Italy. Despite this, there’s still an homage paid to the classic jogger. The garment has stretch for comfort and a cropped bottom in place of the traditional cinching. And, even though Eleventy added a button and zipper, they kept the drawstring feature which acts as the “belt.” This is one of the best men’s joggers to dress up. Try it out with a pair of tan double monk straps and a blazer or dress it down with clean sneakers and a polo.
9. vuori Sunday Performance Joggers for Men
BEST FOR WEEKENDS
Looking to stay comfy and cozy on the weekend no matter what you have planned? Snag yourself vuori’s Sunday Performance Joggers and call it a day. These loose-fitting sweats are a fresh take on your casual pair of joggers because they are wildly stretchier and lighter than most alternatives. They feature a zipped leg pocket too so you can keep any small valuables on your body and never fear them falling out of your pants pockets. From the couch to the coffee shop, these are the joggers to rock Friday through Sunday.
10. Entireworld LoopBack Sweatpant
Our e-commerce editor Tyler sat down and had a phone interview with Entireworld’s inventor Scott Sternberg back in 2020 to talk about the importance of modern-day basics. One of our favorites from Entireworld is their sweatpant which is a casual go-to basic any guy can rock. The sweats scrunch at the bottom, creating that jogger look we’re used to, and come in a range of colors to choose from. Though they’re made to look dope as hell draped on your legs, they’re not just about looks. They’re also soft as can be. Throw them on when lounging around at home or when you’re strutting the streets in style.
11. ASOS DESIGN Set Tapered Sweatpants
Oh, y’all thought we were leaving tie-dye in summer 2020? Cute. Real cute. Jokes on you, everything we own that we wore in summers’ past has been tie-dyed over the course of the pandemic, so we don’t really have any other option. Add to your growing collection of tie-dye with something you didn’t dye yourself, so you won’t have any tie-dye PTSD. These tapered sweats are perfect for casual errands and pair great with your favorite white tee, a classic bucket hat and a fanny pack worn around the chest.
12. Standard Cloth Technical Cargo Jogger
BEST CARGO JOGGER
One feature you’re likely to find on the best joggers for men is one or multiple cargo pockets. Even if it’s not your first choice, they’re very handy once you’re wearing them and can eliminate the need for a backpack when going out for errands. Standard Cloth did everything right when designing this jogger. Notice the attention to detail in the fine elastic drawstring, horizontal zip pockets and single-button pocket. The brand made every effort to be different and it worked perfectly. Style this jogger casually with confidence. Treat the brownish both as a brown and a red and match it with any color under the sun.
13. Everlane French Terry Sweat
When it comes to an everyday throw-on, Everlane’s french terry sweats are a solid pick. These ultra comfortable men’s joggers are effortlessly cozy and a little heavy, making them ideal for cozying up on the couch. Because they’re within Everlane’s Uniform collection, they’re backed by a 365-day guarantee to ensure total durability. Meaning, if you wear them each and every single day and decide they don’t feel good on the 364th day after purchase, Everlane will replace them with no questions asked.
14. Haculla Blurry Woven Joggers
MOST OUT THERE
While these are the coziest to wear when lounging on the couch while binge-watching Katie Thurston’s season of The Bachelorette for no apparent reason, they are also pretty dope to rock on the streets whenever you’re looking to stand out a bit. Whether you’re snagging some groceries or heading to meet some friends for some drinks at a socially-distanced bar, these blurry, woven joggers checked in black and yellow will leave people’s mouths hanging in awe. So, what are you waiting for? Just because we’re social distancing in quarantine doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style when you’re leaving the house.
15. Goodfellow & Co™ Sweater Fleece Jogger Pants
There really isn’t anything too special about these sweater fleece joggers from Target. They’re easy, comfortable, affordable and as straightforward as you’d expect your average pair of sweats to be. We don’t suggest these if you’re trying to pull a look, but if you’re simply looking for an inexpensive pair of pants to lounge inside in all day, these are for you.
Some FAQs About the Best Men's Joggers
We named the Mack Weldon Ace Sweatpants as the best men's joggers because of how affordable they are, how many colors they come in and how comfortable each pair is.
You can find the best joggers at just about all of your favorite places you can buy clothes online. We suggest you look at places like Mack Weldon, Amazon, Target and ASOS.
If you're wearing joggers, definitely sport them with a pair of comfortable sneakers for men. Basketball sneakers typically pair best.