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What’s so great about sneakers? 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 years, and you probably have a pair in your sneaker rotation today.
Regardless of age, the best men’s sneakers remain a popular footwear option 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 while carrying out mundane activities like exercising, running errands or heading to 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 may not all 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 from which to choose, it can be difficult finding new kicks that fit your style. That’s why SPY has sifted through the options to bring you a curated list of the best men’s sneakers 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 you can buy right 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. 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
Right now the adidas Stan Smith is the best white sneaker on the market. This time last year it was the best white sneaker on the market. A year, two years, five years from now nothing will have changed.
3. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star is a sneaker that will always remain a wardrobe staple, no matter your age. 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.
4. New Balance 990 v5
BEST DAD SHOES
The dad shoe is no longer having a “moment.” It’s become fully integrated into sneaker culture. Chunky, simple kicks with low-key vibes and comfy soles are always a good look — and there’s still nobody who does it quite like New Balance. The 990 has been the dad shoe for decades now and that doesn’t seem to be changing any time soon.
5. Nike ZoomX Invincible
BEST RUNNING SHOE
Nike introduced the ZoomX Invincible a while back and it pretty instantly became a staple of the scene. The Invincible has a super bouncy sole that provides manageable explosiveness that isn’t inaccessible to new runners in the way that a carbon plate sole is. It’s also much easier on your knees than a lot of other shoes on the market. It’s the perfect everyday trainer.
6. 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.
7. Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2
BEST RACE-DAY SHOE
Speaking of carbon plate shoes, the Vaporfly Next% remains the gold standard. It might not be the shoe you train in every day, but when you’re gearing up for a race (be it a 10K or a marathon) it’s the shoe you want to have ready to lace up.
8. Rothys RSO1 Sneaker in Hunter
BEST MINIMALIST STYLE
Rothys uses 3D printing to turn plastic bottles into sleekly designed shoes and sneakers. The company has used millions of bottles and 100 tons of ocean-bound marine plastic to manufacture 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, a few of our SPY editors have tried them, and we can’t get enough.) Best of all, when they get dirty, you can toss them in the washing machine.
9. New Balance 990v3
BEST ON TREND
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 new forms 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.
10. 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. One pair of sneakers people can’t get enough of are the 500s. We’ve seen this sneaker model produced in numerous 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 one of the most comfortable to wear in its collection, sitting atop a comfortable adiPRENE+ midsole.
11. Brooks Anthem 5
BEST RUNNING SHOE ON A BUDGET
Brooks makes running shoes for runners designed by runners. Their line is super diverse, catering to every conceivable running need you could have. They’re also making the best budget runners in the game these days, like the Anthem 5. It’s a shoe designed for road runs and comes in at under $100.
12. UnderArmour Project Rock 4
BEST TRAINING SHOE
A few years ago, The Rock’s first signature training shoe debuted and it’s been banger after banger ever since. The fourth rendition of the PR is the best yet and will provide you with plenty of stability when cranking out reps in the weight room without sacrificing flexibility or breathability.
13. Puma MB.01
BEST BASKETBALL SHOE
LaMelo Ball’s first signature sneaker with PUMA debuted in late 2021 and has been making waves ever since. The flashy design and loud colorways probably don’t hurt, but there’s function beyond the fashion of it. Melo’s kicks are among the best hoop shoes on the market today, a lightweight and pillowy pair of kicks that will keep your feet locked down and your jump shot bouncy. Crucially (and unlike many signature basketball kicks on the market these days) they don’t fit too narrow, either. These shoes feel broken in right out of the box and only get better the more runs you get in.
14. Air Jordan Zion 1
BEST BASKETBALL SHOE YOU CAN BUY AT RETAIL
It remains to be seen if No. 1 draft pick Zion Williamson can achieve the superstardom expected of him but one thing is certain: His first signature shoe is a hit. Remember his infamous sneaker blowout during NCAA March Madness a few years ago? His first pair of signature Jordans are designed to make sure that never happens again. They’re sturdy and stable above all else, with some intense lockdown in the forefoot. The flashy colorways don’t hurt, either.
15. Reebok Question
BEST THROWBACK KICKS
Allen Iverson’s first signature sneakers with Reebok remain an all-time classic and come with oodles of old-school hoop vibes. The brand keeps new colorways and retro ones alike in steady rotation. These black and white ones, a simple colorway designed by Tyrrell Winston, are tough to beat.
16. Reebok Club C 85 Vintage
BEST TENNIS (VIBE) SHOES
You probably shouldn’t hit the clay in a pair of Reebok Club C 85s. But if you’re going for the vibe of an old-school tennis pro at a 20th-century U.S. Open, this is a good place to start. The Club C has been a classic for years and it isn’t going out of style any time soon. Plus this pair comes in a cool pre-aged color, leaning into the vintage tennis vibes.
17. Nike Dunk Low
BEST LOWKEY FLEX
Nike brought the Dunk — a perfect sneaker — back in a big way in 2020 and their hot streak doesn’t seem to be stopping any time soon. Right now the shoe occupies a sweet spot where enough colorways have been introduced that you don’t have to take out a second mortgage on your house to afford a pair, but they’re not so ubiquitous as to not feel special. There are countless Dunk colorways available on sites like StockX these days, so get whatever you’re most comfortable with. If you ask us, it’s always best to stick to a simple one with collegiate colorblocking, harkening back to the shoe’s origins as a college basketball staple.
18. Air Jordan 2 ‘Union’
BEST HIGHKEY FLEX
Back in 2017 Los Angeles sneaker boutique/streetwear hub Union released a couple of Air Jordan 1s that are now the stuff of sneaker legend. They got back to it last year with a killer lineup of 4s that made plenty of noise as well. This year they’re all about the Air Jordan 2, a silhouette getting something of a reevaluation after years of being considered a lesser pair of Jordans. It’s a clean, classic colorway that goes with pretty much anything. It also shows folks that you know what you’re doing — you don’t own a pair of Union Air Jordans if you don’t at least sort of know your kicks.
19. Adidas Copa Nationale
BEST SKATER VIBES
A few years ago, adidas dropped the Copa Nationale skate shoe. It’s a unique number that draws way more from European football aesthetics than traditional skate design. The result is a super fashionable pair of kicks that bridge the gap between the two. They’re very functional on a board but they also just look cool.
20. Vionic Lucas Lace-Up Sneaker
Every man needs at least one pair of all-white sneakers. If you don’t have some already, consider getting Vionic’s Lucas sneakers. The leather shoe offers both style and comfort as it’s 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.
21. Reebok Zig Kinetica II Edge Shoes
Best Fashion Statement
“Hypebeasts only, please.” These shoes have been the subject of several high-profile collabs recently, and they’ve become one of the trendiest shoes of the year. These “trail-inspired” shoes have a unique, technical look, and feature a Vibram® Ecostep outsole for extra traction in all types of terrain.
22. Balenciaga Triple S All-Over Logo Sneakers
Balenciaga is the new Gucci, and if you want to splurge on a pair of designer kicks, Balenciaga is the fashion house of the year. These sneakers are emblazoned with the “Balenciaga” script and come in a few different colors.