August 3, 2021

Best Men’s Sneakers of Summer 2021

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The MVP of everyday footwear, sneakers deserve a place in every man’s closet. It doesn’t matter if you’re focused on athletic performance, all-day comfort, or keeping up with the latest trends––there’s a perfect pair of men’s sneakers (or more likely, multiple pairs) for you.

 

 

With each passing year, the sneaker world continues to expand. New brands, new materials, and new styles––the only thing that remains the same is the annual debate over which kicks are the coolest. But with the sneaker market so oversaturated, tracking down a pair that matches your vibe can be overwhelming. To simplify your search, we’ve narrowed it down to 11 stylish and comfortable sneakers ranging from popular brands like Adidas and Vans to smaller designers like Karhu (if you prefer something more muted, check out our guide to the best men’s white sneakers).

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Adidas Superstar Shoes
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Adidas Superstar Shoes

A legend on the streets, Adidas Superstars have been tying together outfits for over five decades. From the iconic stripes to the classic shell toe, this is a shoe that will never go out of style. And with 38 different colorways available, you’re sure to find a pair to match your wardrobe.

[$85; adidas.com]

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Cariuma OCA High
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Cariuma OCA High

There’s no shortage of high tops on the market, but this premium leather pair from Cariuma––an eco-friendly Brazilian shoemaker––might just be our new favorite. The OCA High pairs a full-grain leather upper with a memory foam insole, so you can hit the town with a touch of class and comfort.

[$129; cariuma.com]

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Danner Overlook men's sneakers
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Danner Overlook

You’re probably familiar with Danner’s handsome, rugged boots, but the brand has recently brought its outdoorsy aesthetic to sneakers, too. The Overlook features a durable knit upper, a supportive dual-density midsole, and a lugged Vibram outsole creates dependable grip from the trail to the street.

[$170; danner.com]

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Vans Ultrarange EXO men's sneakers
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Vans Ultrarange EXO

Borrowing from the iconic look of the Vans Old Skool, the company’s Ultrarange EXO sneakers boast laidback style and all-day comfort. The latest version comes with a more breathable upper and a full rubber outsole for all-terrain grip.

[$90; vans.com]

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Toms TRVL LITE Sneaker men's sneakers
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Toms TRVL LITE Sneaker

If you’re a frequent traveler (or just like to walk a lot), the TRVL LITE sneaker from Toms is worth a look. Its casual, low-key aesthetic pairs well with any outfit, while the ultra-comfortable and eco-friendly insole will cushion your feet for miles of pain-free exploration.

[$85; toms.com]

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Allen Edmonds Park Avenue Oxford Sneaker
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Allen Edmonds Park Avenue Oxford Sneaker

Looking for something a little more formal? The Park Avenue Oxford Sneaker from Allen Edmonds answers the call. Perfect for everything from summer weddings to date nights, the premium leather upper and removable shock-absorbing insole make “dressy casual” easy to wear.

[$295; allenedmonds.com]

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Kizik Madrid Eco-Knit
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Kizik Madrid Eco-Knit

Step in and head out with these slip-on Madrid Eco-Knit sneakers from Kizik. In addition to the convenience of not having to mess around with laces, the stretchy knit upper and high-density foam insoles provide a comfortable ride for quick jaunts outside, around town, or out with friends.

[$99; kizik.com]

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Nike Air Max 270 men's sneakers
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Nike Air Max 270

Street style and responsive cushioning intersect with the Nike Air Max 270. The oversized air units in the midsole give them a bouncy feel, the mesh upper breathes well, and the bright red color adds some interest to your getup (it comes in other colorways, too).

[$150; nike.com]

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Reebok Forever Floatride Grow Shoes men's sneakers
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Reebok Forever Floatride Grow Shoes

Made with at least 50 percent plant-based materials, the Reebok Forever Floatride Grow shoes take sustainability to new levels. They come with a breathable eucalyptus bark upper, a footbed made from algae, cushioning foam derived from castor bean oil, and a natural rubber outsole. But that doesn’t mean they sacrifice on performance: Together, these natural materials create a comfortable, responsive shoe.

[$120; reebok.com]

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Etnies Jameson 2 Eco
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Etnies Jameson 2 Eco

Made from both recycled plastic and recycled rubber, the Jameson 2 Eco from Etnies effortlessly blends comfort, sustainability, and style. The low-profile silhouette pairs well with many different looks, the recycled foam insole adds support, and a tree gets planted with every pair sold.

[$62; etnies.com]

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Karhu Aria 95
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Karhu Aria 95

The ‘90s are back in vogue, and you can embrace the trend with the Aria 95 sneakers from Karhu. But don’t let their retro look fool you: These shoes feature some innovative sneaker tech, including a carbon fiber fulcrum in the midsole that helps promote a smooth stride. Plus, the pigskin suede on the upper creates a unique aesthetic no matter what colorway you choose.

[$135; us.karhu.com]

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