Sneakers have evolved from something you wore only to gym class. There are walking sneakers that are known as dad shoes, and there are specialized sneakers for every sport. Black sneakers and white sneakers have been elevated to date night. And then there are men’s dress sneakers. What are they? They’re sneakers that you can wear to work without breaking any dress codes. Men’s dress sneakers are sneaky; they’ve got the sneaker outsole and sneaker cushioning, but the upper looks like a dress shoe. You get the best of both worlds with a men’s dress sneaker, comfort and looks.
We hunted around for the most handsome men’s dress sneakers, and found 10 you could use for work, date night and more.
1. Florsheim Crossover Lace to Toe Sneaker
We’re not sure why some guys ignore Florsheim shoes. They’ve got style, excellent construction and a lot of bang for the buck. This men’s dress sneaker has a handsome leather upper, which, by the way comes in five different colors. Under the hood, well, your foot is surrounded by cushy comfort. The shoe itself is flexible, there’s extra cushioning under the heel, the midfoot has an EVA midsole, and there’s even a removable footbed for extra support and comfort.
Florsheim Crossover Lace to Toe Sneaker
2. Wolverine BLVD Low Sneaker
When Wolverine debuted their heavily anticipated dress sneaker, we covered the launch. These men’s dress sneakers have appeared in many of our footwear roundups because they’re so damn stylish. Since they’re Wolverine, you know that they’ll keep their good looks, fit and comfort for close to a thousand miles.
Wolverine BLVD Low Top Sneaker
3. Allen Edmonds Strand Waxed Suede Oxford Sneaker
BEST FOR WINTER
We named these sneakers one of the best pairs of sneakers to wear this winter as they’ve got great men’s dress shoe looks and the soul of sneaker. That’s because Allen Edmonds based this sneaker on their dress shoe of the same name. Speaking of the top, this sneaker is waterproof suede, it has a flexible body, removable insole that provides shock absorption and support, and rubber cup sole. It comes in Widths that go to tripe E.
Allen Edmonds Strand Waxed Suede Oxford Sneaker
4. Vionic Khai Slip-On
Vionic shoes were created by a podiatrist, and every design thoughtfully considers various foot issues and comes up with solutions. Here’s a slip-on sneaker that’s been elevated to dress shoe. The footbed has been designed to alleviate lower back pressure, plantar fasciitis (heel) and knee pain. The leather upper is water-resistant. This men’s dress sneaker comes in three colors: black, brown and toffee.
Vionic Khai Slip-On
5. TravisMatthew the Phenom Leather Sneaker
TravisMatthew makes casual clothing that looks good on and off the links. Their line of sneakers run from mesh to wool, leather to suede. Their leather lace-up men’s dress sneakers have perforated sides to add visual interest. These men’s dress sneakers have a layered footbed for support and comfort, and the outsole has rubber inserts for traction, stability and added durability.
TravisMatthew the Phenom Leather Sneaker
6. Cole Haan ZERØGRAND Wingtip Oxford
Cole Haan is one of the vanguards of the men’s dress sneaker trend. Long before anyone produced the shoe, they were taking sneaker technology and applying it to dress shoes. This is not a men’s dress sneaker; this is a men’s dress shoe that has been sneakerfied. This serious looking wingtip has an EVA midsole and the brand’s Grandføam multi-layer cushioned footbed. The shoe was constructed to be flexible and move with the foot, and the rubber outsole is just like a sneaker’s outsole. Pair them with dark rinse jeans and a crew neck sweater when you’re off duty.
Cole Haan ZERØGRAND Wingtip Oxford
7. Olukai Lae‘ahi Li ‘Ili Convertible Low Top Sneaker
BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
Hawaiian-based OluKai is a certified B Corp. and every pair sold gives back to the Ama Olukai Foundation, which preserves Hawaiian heritage. Their men’s dress sneaker is also a men’s mule. The back of the sneaker can be folded down for a more casual look. The full grain leather upper is lined in microfiber for additional comfort, and the removable footbed is thick gel insert that cushions and coddles your feet. The outsole has what they call a “wet grip rubber” for traction during the worst storms.
Olukai Lae‘ahi Li ‘Ili Convertible Sneaker
8. Ascot X Charlie Soho Sneakers
Designed in France and handmade in Italy in small batches, Ascot X Charlie makes refined sneakers with a minimalist aesthetic. They don’t compromise style for comfort, unlike some other high-end brands. The company is new, they debuted in 2018 with a small capsule collection. Their Soho sneaker is one of their new low-top models. This smart looking sneaker has a leather and suede upper, hand-stitched outsoles and are lined in calfskin.
Ascot X Charlie Soho Sneakers
9. Camper Courb Black Leather Sneakers
MINIMALIST RUNNER UP
Black on black sneakers are inherently more elevated than a non-black sneaker simply by the color. Camper’s Courb sneakers have a black sidewall, smooth leather upper, and a tonal nameplate where the laces cross the tongue.
Camper Courb Black Leather Sneakers
10. Allen Edmonds Park Avenue Oxford Sneaker
We have Allen Edmonds on here twice, because they really “get” what guys need when they’re on the hunt for a men’s dress shoe or men’s dress sneakers. Like the other Allen Edmonds sneaker, their oxford sneaker is based on their bestselling men’s shoe. The slick premium upper has a cap toe and six-eyelet lace up. It comes in three other colors and can be customized as well. This men’s dress sneaker comes in widths from B to triple E, so every guy can get a pair of handsome sneakers they can wear anywhere.