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What’s so good about sneakers? Well, for starters, the best men’s sneakers don’t conform to the changing of the seasons, unlike apparel. Depending on their design, the best sneakers can stay in style long after their initial release and remain a classic staple amongst sneakerheads everywhere. Just look at the ever so classic Converse Chuck Taylor. These have been on best sneakers lists for generations, and you probably have a pair in your best sneaker rotation today too.
Regardless of age, great sneakers remain a popular footwear option for men because they have a lot to offer, like comfort, style and versatility. Sneakers are more than just casual shoes but an essential staple in many men’s wardrobes. They allow men to express their individual styles and personalities. The best sneakers can even elevate an outfit to the next level. Men also use sneakers to carry out their mundane activities like exercising, running errands, or heading into the office.
Every day we witness some of the best sneakers released by brands including Adidas, Nike and New Balance. The best men’s sneaker releases include hype sneakers (Jordans and Yeezys), classic style sneakers, comfortable sneakers, and new throwback sneakers with Y2K aesthetics. While we all may not gravitate towards the same sneakers, we all can agree on how good they make us feel and look overall.
With so many shoes on the market to choose from, it can be difficult finding new kicks that fit your style. That’s why we decided to sift through and bring you a curated list of shoes with different styles, prices and brands. From the coolest sneakers of the year to long-time favorites, here are our picks for the best men’s sneakers for men you can buy now.
1. Nike Air Force 1
Take a look at any SPY sneaker round-up — from Most Comfortable Sneakers to Best White Sneakers — and you’ll find the Air Force 1 is our top pick. Nike Air Force 1’s is a classic sneaker that has been around for years with no plans of going out of style anytime soon. The Air Force 1 style can work with just about everything and still looks excellent and unique enough not to be mistaken for another pair of Stan Smiths.
2. Adidas Stan Smith
No, we didn’t just hate on the Adidas Stan Smith. This shoe has been a winning style for decades for a reason. It is a solid shoe that makes suits look sharper and jeans more modern. What makes this particular pair even more remarkable is the material. Adidas swapped the outdated leather upper for Primegreen, a proprietary blend of high-performance recycled materials. In fact, 50% of the upper is recycled content, with no virgin polyester. The iconic style doesn’t just look good; it does good too.
3. Vans Old Skool
For years, Vans has been known as the best men’s sneakers for skaters. But they’re just as comfy and stylish for everyday wear too. The Old Skool sneaker is one style by the brand that has remained a timeless staple in many wardrobes. They come in various colors and can upgrade any ordinary outfit — or go completely unnoticed. That’s what makes these such a staple. It’s entirely up to you.
4. Skechers Performance Go Walk Max-54601 Sneaker
If you’re looking for one of the best sneakers packed with tons of comfort, you can’t go wrong with a pair of Sketchers. This shoe features Goga Max Technology insoles with high-rebound cushioning for a seamless walking experience that feels like you’re walking on air. It has a lightweight mesh upper for increased comfort and improved ventilation to prevent your feet from sweating. The sneaker also has Solid weave mesh fabric toe and heel panels for stability and support. It’s safe to say that you probably found your new go-to shoes for morning walks and running errands.
5. Cariuma IBI Slip-On
BEST SLIP-ON SNEAKER
Sometimes it can be a significant inconvenience having to tie up your sneakers, especially if you’re in a rush or have mobility or dexterity impairments. Luckily, a pair of slip-on kicks can come in handy for those exact situations. And the ones of choice we think you should go to are the Cariuma IBI. This canvas shoe is big on comfort and harvested from sustainable materials. It features a vegan memory foam insole constructed of cork and organic mamona oil. The shoe runs true to size and comes in 13 colorways.
6. Golden Goose Super-Star Sneakers With Star and Glitter Heel Tab
We can assure you this pair of sneakers are brand new, even though they look as if someone has been wearing them for years. Golden Goose is a brand like no other, crafting stylish pre-distressed shoes that showcase the imperfections of life. This handcrafted sneaker has a calfskin leather upper and rubber sole. It features a glitter suede heel tab and a pre-worn vintage look star on the outside of each shoe. The super-star sneaker is by far one of the most popular styles by the brand.
7. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star is a sneaker that will always remain a staple in your wardrobe, no matter how old you are. The high-top sneaker has a clean and simple canvas silhouette that pairs well with any outfit. And no need to worry about taking good care of these shoes. It’s one pair of kicks that looks better with age.
8. New Balance 990v3
One of New Balance’s best-selling styles of sneakers is the 990v3. It’s so popular that we’ve seen the shoe take on renditions in several collaborations with JoeFreshGoods and Bodega. And if you weren’t able to cop a pair of those limited edition styles, the footwear brand has you covered with their classic colorways. The shoe’s design is the perfect mix of style and comfort.
9. Yeezy 500 Granite
One of Kanye West’s dreams was to have his Yeezy sneakers widely available to the masses and that’s just what he and Adidas are doing. Yeezy’s have become so popular that practically everyone is wearing them and one pair of sneakers people can’t get enough of are the 500’s. We’ve seen this sneaker model produced in many colorways, but now we’re getting a taste of Granite. It features a charcoal color mesh upper with a similar suede and leather overlay. The shoe is definitely one of the most comfortable to wear in its collection, sitting atop a podular adiPRENE+ midsole.
10. Rothys RSO1 Sneaker in Hunter
BEST MINIMALIST STYLE
Rothys uses 3-D printing to turn plastic bottles into sleekly designed shoes and sneakers. The company has re-used millions of bottles and 100 tonnes of ocean-bound marine plastic into stylish shoes, bags and accessories since its founding in 2015. The brand’s soon-to-be iconic RS01 sneaker includes great comfort details such as a terry lining, contoured footbed, and a padded collar, not to mention they are ready-to-wear right out of the box. (Seriously, all of us at SPY have tried them, and we can’t get enough.) Best of all, when they get dirty, toss them in the washing machine.
11. New Balance 237
BEST USE OF COLOR
Why have a sneaker with just one color when you can have one with a clash of them? The 237 sneaker has a wedge silhouette common in some New Balance footwear. It features colorful suede and mesh upper, the brand’s iconic oversized N logo, and a lug wraparound outsole.
12. Veja SDU Rec Alveomesh
BEST VEGAN OPTION
As we head into a more sustainable state of fashion, brands like Veja show us that footwear can still be stylish while using recycled and repurposed materials. And the Veja Alveomesh sneaker is no exception. Its upper material is 100% recycled polyester, making for a lightweight and breathable shoe. The beige sneaker has a somewhat chunky silhouette with a minimal design aesthetic. It is the best sneaker for practically any occasion, whether you use it for gym purposes or just a go-to staple for errands.
13. Nike Dunk Low ‘Team Red’
It’s almost as if a new color or OG colorway of Nike Dunks releases weekly and honestly we aren’t mad at it. These hype sneakers are hard to get your hands on, at least for retail price anyway. The Team Red’s initially released back in March but recently got restocked in early May. Unfortunately, they did sell out instantly, but you can still cop a pair right now from Goat with a slight price increase.
14. Vionic Lucas Lace-Up Sneaker
BEST SIMPLE STYLE
Every man needs at least one pair of all-white sneakers, and if you don’t have some already, consider getting Vionic’s Lucas sneakers. The leather shoe offers both style and comfort as its equipped with podiatrist-designed technology that provides substantial support to your feet to relieve any aches or pains. You’ll love these shoes for their versatility as they pair well with anything from sweatpants to jeans to khakis to suits.
15. Adidas Gazelle
The Adidas Gazelle is one of the best sneakers to have for all of your daily needs. It’s lightweight and comfortable, making them the perfect shoes for running errands or a casual day in the office. They have a 90s vibe and come in several colorways to keep your style refreshed.
16. Reebok Club C 85 Men’s Shoes
BEST DAD SNEAKER
Reebok’s Club C 85 is a classic dad sneaker, and they are updated for a new season. These tennis-inspired sneakers are done in white leather with navy trim and have dad-approved details, including a cushioned sock liner and a cushy, comfortable EVA midsole.