Top Sneaker Brands
Everyone loves a good pair of sneakers, and the best sneaker brands provide the perfect final piece to complete your outfit for a variety of casual and also not so casual occasions. Sneakers are arguably the most versatile item of clothing around. You can match them with your favorite old pair of jeans, you favorite new pair of jeans, and even in some places (often depending on whether you’re on the cusp of fame or considered the head honcho) with a shirt and dress pants.
A good pair of sneakers will last you for years (or until the next season if you’re particularly passionate), and you can rely on them to be an acceptable footwear option in most scenarios. They’ll look great on a quick run to the store, picking the kids up from school, hitting the gym or going for a run, and they’ll help you fit in amongst the much cooler and younger crowd as you thrash around the pit – or stand sensibly at the side with your drink – at a gig.
They provide a solution every social or not-so-social happening, and they don’t require the same level of care as leather shoes do, which is always a bonus. Cool, calm, and constantly collected, the sneaker is without a doubt the shoe (or shoes) every man, woman, and child should have in their wardrobe.
What we’re trying to say, is that there are a pair of sneakers for every moment, and if you don’t believe us we’d suggest you carry on reading.
Exercise is arguably the genesis of the sneaker, or at least sneakers we know today, birthed from tennis shoes expanding their designs and styles from there, we now find sneakers for a variety of exercise regimes, sports, and hobbies.
We’re sure we’re not the only ones who used to pronounce it O-asics because of the logo, but once we finally (sometimes after far too long) realized our mistake, it gave us the chance to appreciate ASICS for what they are. A solid choice for runners of all disciplines, it’s hard to go wrong with them. They also have an amazing selection of the trail running shoes.
Many people don’t consider New Balance sneakers that cool, but they’re wrong. New Balance combine quality with affordability, and even though they might conjure up images your gym teacher barking at you, it’s hard to deny their wide appeal for both experienced gym-goers and those just getting started.
A more premium option (but that might just be down to marketing) Under Armour are a recent sneaker on the scene. We always associate them with CrossFit, but you can find some superb options for other exercises, and while they can be a little pricey, you’re guaranteed top quality.
Another brand that’s not considered as cool as others, but this doesn’t matter and Skechers are a no-nonsense and reliable option for those who don’t care about appearances and just want to get their workout done so they can get home and relax. And this is perfectly fine.
For Every Day
Wearing sneakers every day delivers the comfort you won’t get with leather dress shoes or sandals. If you’re lucky enough to work in a 21st century office, they might even encourage sneakers over traditional work attire, and these are some of the best sneakers for such settings.
Loud and proud, Globe sneakers offer a variety of different styles for you to match with your wardrobe every day of the week. From dad shoes to leather high tops to standard-style sneakers, they’re appropriate for a variety of scenes and age groups, even if our older readers think they’re past the point of needing to worry about style. Hint: you never are.
Much like Globe, Puma can accommodate both young and old, and has the advantage reputation. Founded in 1948 in Germany (a versatile hub of sneaker and sports brands), they’re a great casual shoe for when you don’t feel like anything else matches. But that’s the beauty of sneakers anyway, right?
Focusing more on dad shoes now, Fila have a wide selection of bulky and bold options and have shown massive consistency and durability throughout the years. At over 100 years old, they need no introduction, and its shoes maintain a classic style even with the evolution of style with every season. If you’ve never checked out Fila before (and to that we ask whether you’ve lived under a rock), its collection may both surprise and impress.
For The Great Outdoors
Getting out into the great outdoors and experiencing the world around you that isn’t all 1s and 0s. It’s more than a way to get you away from the screen, it’s also a chance to explore hidden treasures and get away from the busy nonsense of city life, even if it’s only for a few days.
Saucony develop some excellent sneakers for trail running, casual hikes, and taking an easy walk with the family through those fields, and they boast a retro style that is often imitated but rarely bettered.
Rugged and robust, Keen have some fantastic sneakers for your next outdoor adventure. They may not win any style points compared to other brands, but when you’re deep in the wilderness fashioning a shelter from leaves and twigs, who cares about how good you look?
Some may associate Timbs with New Yorkers telling you how they’re from New York at every opportunity, but they’re durable design and construction make them a superbly popular for outdoor activities, even if you’re just taking a brisk stroll around your local park.
For Dressing Up (Without Dressing Up)
Even though you’re not the famous rock star, film icon, or quirky author you thought you’d be doesn’t mean you can’t dress like one. Looking good and making a statement is all about bending, straining, and breaking the rules, and with that in mind why can’t you rock sneakers to fancy occasions and gatherings?
When you think of sneakers, Adidas is one of the first brands that spring to mind, and while they’re ideal for everyday wear and exercise, there are styles which would go perfectly with your best pair of jeans and a sleek, smart dress shirt.
Even though some sections of society have tried to rebel against their politics with ceremonial sneaker burnings, Nike are a popular if perhaps not as cool amongst the kids as they once were. Their reputation precedes them wherever you, and you can’t deny they look good.
Enjoying a little resurgence in recent years since an Adidas-esque model refresh, Reebok are developing into a solidly acceptable brand for when sneakerheads want to look their best. Previously considered a tier or two below the likes of Nike and Adidas, they no longer look out of place next to what those not so in the know would consider the best.
For Reliving Your Youth
We’re sure most of you remember sitting on parks, innocently loitering, and too young to bars but also too old to sit at home doing nothing all evening. These were youthful years where you were discovering music, developing and interest in boys and/or girls, and realizing everything you thought you knew about the world was wrong; horribly, horribly wrong.
You’ll likely also remember how you used to dress. While you may look back at the flame-detailed button ups and ultra-baggy jeans and wish you you could have the memory burned from your memory and anyone else’s, you’ll look back on your shoes and wish you had a pair just like them right now.
The good news is, you can.
Beloved of the alternative kids, Vans are a sneaker brand that work with pretty much anything. They’re both simple but statement making and there are many, many kids who have since grown up who remember their first pair fondly so much so they kept them long after they had fallen apart.
Converse sneakers will never, we repeat never go out of style. They’re cool. They will always be cool, and they can easily be that final thread that connects you to your past life of gigs, optimism and excitement, even if you didn’t quite understand the world yet. The famous All-Stars go with jeans, shorts, and chinos, complemented with a t-shirt, polo, or dress shirt, just about everything, really.
The king of skater shoes, DC sneakers can take quite the battering, and if you ever feel like indulging in your hero worship or Tony Hawk while also showing total disregard for your own safety, these are the sneakers to get you there.
A slightly more mature style of sneaker but still one that will rekindle memories of sneaking booze from your parents’ cupboard and refilling it with water to hide any discrepancies. Etnies bring you a combination of smart and casual that are unassuming enough for you to wear with just about anything, except your flame-detailed shirt.
You’ve Got Sole, But You’re Not a Soldier
This isn’t a be all and end all guide to which sneakers you wear, um, where, though, and any sneakerhead understands that customization and personality can transform the purpose of a pair of sneakers and transform them to however you like.
Sneakers are something you can wear time and again with a variety of different outfits, combinations, t-shirts, jackets, pants, and shorts, and still keep them fresh and fantastic. Regardless of whether you’re a hip hop head, a rocker, a punk, or someone who just wants to look good, you can’t go wrong with a good pair of sneakers.
- The History of Sneakers – The Idle Man
- The 5 Sneaker Styles Every Man Should Have in His Rotation – Highsnobiety
- Classic, Versatile Sneakers as Footwear – Superble