The sneaker industry doesn’t conform to the changing of the seasons. A majority of the time, the best sneakers for men stay in style long after their initial release and remain hot for years (even decades) to come. Hey, just look at the ever-so-classic Chuck Taylor from Converse — your dad rocked those as a kid, and now you even own a couple of pairs yourself.
On the other hand, new releases that emerge from the ether present themselves to the world through a crafty Instagram post and then immediately sell out. While these sneaks are dope, they’re seemingly more of a collector’s item and less of a wearable shoe. Nonetheless, if you are a real sneakerhead, you need the lowdown 24/7: Sole Collector is a brilliant website to ensure you are up-to-date and don’t miss out on the hottest releases. Just a little pro tip for ya.
Keep in mind, the coolest sneakers for guys don’t always have to be the newest of the bunch. Aside from Chuck Taylors, there is a slew of classic style sneakers that simply refuse to go out of style, from classic white sneakers to any leather sneaker. Despite them being at the bottom of your body, a sick pair of sneakers is the cherry on top of your day-to-day outfit, meaning they have to flow with your style or they simply will not look good on you.
However, you’d be forgiven for feeling flustered when looking for some stellar new kicks to match your fits. That’s why we decided to sift through and bring you the best selection of different styles, price points and brands. From the coolest sneakers of the year to long-time favorites, here are the best sneakers for men you can buy now.
The Most Popular Sneakers of 2020
Given the year we’ve had, it’s been a little harder to rock fresh kicks and be seen in public. Thankfully, social media’s got us covered and the flex posts haven’t cooled down in the slightest. There have been a number of dope kicks making waves in 2020, from the futuristic-looking Blackeyepatch Instapump Fury OG Shoes from Reebok that just dropped on November 1st to adidas’ Stan Smith sneaker that’s been hot for years upon years.
Whether you’ve been sporting your new kicks from inside the four walls of your bedroom or you’re taking walks each day simply to show them off, these kicks have definitely been causing some ruckus in recent months.
1. Nike Air Jordan 1 Mid
If you don’t yet own a pair of Air Jordans, you’re a bit late to the game, my friend. These white sneakers are inspired by the OG of all hi-tops from Nike, the AJ1. They have a retro look to them that really spills a fashion-forward look into your modern style. These Jordans are as clean as a pair of sneaks can get with a white overtake that’s so bright it almost hurts our eyes. These babies have been seen on the streets from LA to Tokyo and have the ability to match just about any outfit they’re paired with. If you don’t have a pair yourself as of yet, what the hell are you waiting for? Now’s your shot.
2. Allbirds Wool Runners
If you haven’t seen somebody somewhere strutting their stuff in a pair of Allbirds Wool Runners as of yet, there’s a good chance you’re trapped on a deserted island. Don’t worry, dude, help will come soon. Allbirds has been popping off for a few years now on the feet of both young folk and older people alike. They come in a variety of colors from more neutral tones to candy-esque overtakes. The sneaks are popular due to the fact they’re lightweight and fully made from renewable materials, making them an excellent choice to snag if you care about the planet. They also totally minimize odor and even look great if you’re wearing a suit to work.
3. adidas Stan Smith Sneaker
BEST POP OF COLOR
For those that like to rock the all-whites with just a little peek of vibrancy, check out adidas’ Stan Smith sneakers that have been a tremendously popular street-style sneaker for decades at this point. These tennis shoes will give your look the extra push it needs no matter where you’re headed. Slip these on to run errands, for socially-distanced drinks at the local pub or on your next picnic park date. They can easily match with just about any fit and are going nowhere in terms of popularity.
4. Reebok Blackeyepatch Instapump Fury OG Shoes
These Reeboks just dropped earlier this month, and while they’re not necessarily one of the most popular sneaks in 2020, the style most definitely is. In recent years (but especially in 2020), designers are bringing sneaks into the future by transforming classic shapes into space boot-esque, martian-forward designs made for moonwalking. Likely due to the fact that Yeezys are quite out of this world, we’re thinking brands are taking points from Ye’s wild brain and creating sneaks heavily influenced by his most recent designs. While the majority of sneakers in this style sell out pretty fast, right now, each and every size is currently for sale on Reebok’s site. But, you better act fast, these trendy sneaks likely won’t last long.
5. Chuck Taylor All Star
Do we even have to explain to you why these made the list? You already know how iconic these sneakers are. They’ve been casually dressing the feet of kids, teens and adults for what feels like a millennium at this point and they have yet to go out of style. Now, Converse has a mean collection of Chuck Taylor inspired sneaks in collaboration with various brands and artists and even features the style in just about every single color under the sun. There’s no way you can’t look good in this effortlessly cool black Chuck Taylor, though, so that’s why we’re suggesting you snag this baby ASAP.
The Coolest Sneakers of 2020
We’ve given you the most popular, now we’re onto the dopest must-have sneakers 2020 has to offer. Don’t be shocked to find out that the majority of these sneakers sold out fast upon their initial drop, so a bulk of them are up-sold on sites like StockX. But, let us be frank — they’re absolutely worth the splurge.
From collabs you never saw coming to updated modern classics, check out the coolest sneakers of 2020.
6. Nike SB Dunk Low Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Dunky
Like, come on, it doesn’t get any cooler than this Nike x Ben & Jerry’s collab. We never saw this funky sneak coming, but are we upset about it? Absolutely not. These babies are clad in B&J’s classic blue and green pint-colored packaging and feature an ode to dairy itself by giving us a cow print all over. The Nike logo will give you the literal drip you need to complete your look by melting yellow right off the swoosh like ice cream on a hot day. These are the “it” shoe of 2020 and nobody can tell us otherwise.
7. New Balance 550 Aime Leon Dore White Green
BEST DAD SNEAKER
Take the classic look of your father’s OG 624‘s that he’s been buying since you were born and transform them into the modern dad sneaker of your dreams. New Balance’s 550 Aime Leon Dore White Green sneaks have “cool dad” written all over them. They have that carefree kind of look that situates nicely into just about anyone’s style but looks extra dope topped off on dudes repping that “normcore” style that’s been made popular in the last couple of years. Throw on your highest pair of shorts, your favorite bucket hat, one of your six fannies, your tallest socks and call it a day.
8. adidas YEEZY YZY QNTM “Yeezy Quantum” Sneakers
These have been long-awaited, to say the least. The Yeezy Quantums are Ye’s first approach at adidas basketball sneakers, which he gave us a little sneak peek of back in 2017. Yeezy lovers have been waiting for this drop ever since and a majority were even saying it would never even come. Yet, here they are. Like all of West’s drops, these are a wildly unique take on a pair of sneakers and completely transform the way we see basketball sneakers. These were just released in February of this year and you can snag them for yourself at Farfetch now.
9. Everlane Forever Sneaker
Though these are reminiscent of the classic pair of Vans you’ve been rocking since early high school, Everlane’s Forever Sneaker that dropped over the summer is much cooler. Why, you ask? Well after years and years of wear, these babies are made to be fully recyclable. That means that once these begin to fall apart after you’ve worn them forever, you can throw them right into the recycling. They’re also lightweight, durable and sustainably made from a few recycled materials, too. There are a few colors to choose from, but how sick are these teak sneaks?
More Sneakers We’re Loving Now
Though some of these might be last year’s picks, as mentioned, a handsome pair of sneakers never goes out of style if you wear them right. Feel free to incorporate any of these into your 2020 fits with ease — there’s no way you’ll regret it.
10. VANS Yacht Club Old Skool
BEST COLOR EXPLOSION
If you think your footwear wardrobe needs a little injection of color, what better way than these Yacht Club Old Skool Vans. You’ll be pleased to know that block colors are trending at the moment, but aside from that, they just look pretty cool. Skater or not, these can spice up any weekend outfit, but not in an offensive way; they just want to have a bit of fun. If you are a skater, the thick suede is tough enough to withstand the repeated foot drag of an ollie across your board.
11. SAINT LAURENT SL-06 Signature Court Classic Sneaker
BEST DESIGNER SNEAKER
These sneakers have the classic on-court style of a vulcanized midsole, giving them a vintage style. Saint Laurent has combined this with a lackadaisical, branded scribble on the side and distressed canvas outer layer, which further relaxes the aesthetic. But, the top quality of this shoe, crafted in Italy from the finest materials still ensures this sneaker is sufficient to warrant its price tag. This will become your wardrobe’s most comfortable, stylish sneaker.
12. PUMA X ADER ERROR PS 9.8
BEST SNEAKER COLLAB FROM LAST YEAR
What is a best sneakers round-up without a standout collaboration? Unthinkable. Collaborations between just about any franchise, brand or person have been a dominant theme of the previous decade of sneaker history. In what would otherwise be lovely, casual and comfortable trainers from Puma, the ADER Error influence has brought color, suede, playfulness with stitching, chunky midsole detailing and very in-vogue hiking laces to the sneaker party.
13. BØRN Allegheny Sneaker
BEST LEATHER SNEAKER
Sometimes it is the real classic shapes and materials that create a great pair of sneakers. These black leather sneakers are the perfect smart-casual pair. Worn with a pair of dark indigo jeans, you’ll be well on your way to creating a stylish weekend outfit. The shoe comes with plenty of cushioning and their stitching-based construction process enables the shoe to conform to the foot and rebound with every step.
14. CARIUMA Catiba Suede Ivory Logo Sneakers
BEST SUSTAINABLE CHOICE
The ethos of this brand is simple: “We want the shoes you wear to be made responsibly, feel crazy comfortable and provide effortless style. What we’re doing isn’t special, it’s how it’s supposed to be done.” The suede is leather supplied by businesses that operate under strict local and international environmental standards (ISO 14001). Their sustainability action demands that 100% of the water that is used in the leather process is reused and treated (with zero chemical waste output). These are feel-good sneakers in every sense of the phrase.