If you find yourself hoofing it more than most, you’re already aware of just how important it is to cover your feet in a pair of the most comfortable sneakers. The most comfortable sneakers are key for avoiding any blisters or discomfort no matter how many miles you’re strolling. From your front door to that park you love three towns over, you’ll be thankful your feet are covered in sneakers made for walking.
Sure, some of the best running shoes for men will suffice as the most comfortable sneakers, but they’re not the only options. From basketball shoes to low-top canvas sneakers, there are a lot of comfortable shoes that can suit different settings and outfits. And since different people look for different factors when considering comfort, we’ve kept the parameters pretty broad.
Some people need shoes that are very supportive and structured, and many of the running shoes on this list check that box. But some people feel better closer to the ground, so less cushioned shoes like the Adidas Gazelle or Converse Jack Purcell might meet that criteria. Another factor to consider is breathability. Many of the shoes on this list have mesh or canvas uppers, allowing adequate ventilation for your feet. Even if it’s nippy out, you’ll be glad to have breathable shoes if you’re walking around all day.
We went on a search for all of the most worth-it sneaks online that check boxes in both style and comfort this year. From cult favorites to sneaks you might’ve never ever heard of, follow along and discover all of the most comfortable sneakers.
1. Nike Air Force 1 ’07
There’s probably a dirty pair of AF1s sitting near your front door, so if that’s the case, you’ll already know just how comfortable these sneakers are. Nike’s Air Force 1 ’07’s have become a modern staple to men and women’s footwear in the past decade for their easy-to-match style properties and unmatched comfort. These sneaks are available in white and black to keep your outfit looking clean and put together no matter what you throw together. AF1s are designed for shooting hoops, so you can expect extra cushioning to provide all-day comfort no matter how far you’re walking. In our experience, these sneaks are also tremendously durable and have a long lifespan. They’re one of the most legendary white sneakers, too.
2. Adidas Ultraboost 5.0 DNA Shoes
All-day comfort is hard to beat with the Adidas Ultraboost 5.0 DNA sneakers. The shoes fuse together energy capsules for total energy return, keeping you on your feet longer in the process. They fit like a glove and hug your feet as you move to keep them cozy no matter where you’re headed. Adidas claims these sneaks are “born for the street,” making them a staple if you plan on walking around day in and day out. Although they look more athletic than a majority of casual sneakers, they’ll still match nicely with whatever outfit you’re wearing. Best part of all? These sneakers are made from recyclable materials, making them not only great for your feet, but also awesome for our planet.
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3. Hoka One One Clifton 7
For avid walkers, finding a solid pair of durable sneakers that last more than a couple of months can be like finding a needle in a haystack. Thankfully, the Hoka One One Clifton 7s are some of the most durable, long-lasting shoes we’ve seen in a while. They’re made with a high-abrasion rubber outsole to ensure they won’t dwindle down into nothing as the months fly by. Each pair is super lightweight to lessen any additional energy used when strolling around town. Worried about an uncomfortable fit? Don’t be. These sneakers have a full-compression EVA midsole to give you some of the best cushioning available in a pair of shoes.
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4. APL TechLoom Pro
Comfortable, good-looking, clean, durable — we could use just about every positive word we’ve ever learned to describe our love for the APL TechLoom Pro sneakers. These running shoes aren’t only perfect for your morning jog, but they have the ability to keep your feet comfy as you’re mobile on shorter walks and adventures. The APL TechLoom Pros make quite the travel shoe for those experiencing new cities and prefer ditching the taxi to get from place to place. Each sneak uses APL’s proprietary Propelium midsole and outsole for both visual and comfort purposes, too.
5. New Balance 990v5
In 1978, the New Balance birthed the 990 sneaker, making it one of the best running sneakers of all time. Now, over 40 whole years later, the tradition continues with the New Balance 990v5 sneaker — the latest release of the original 990 sneaker. This stylish sneaker is made to take on your day in maximum comfort. It effortlessly blends cushioning and style to ensure you’ll stay looking fresh on the streets. Dual-density collar foam is included around the ankles for extra support and comfort.
6. ON Cloud Running Shoe
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ON’s shoes are primarily designed for runners, but they’re so comfortable that it’s pretty common to see people wearing them as casual footwear. They’re available in a range of muted colors. The soles have air cells that provide cushioning, so you’ll feel like you’re walking on clouds. Plus, the elastic laces make the shoes easy to slip on and off.
7. Brooks Men’s Adrenaline GTS 21
BEST FOR ACTUAL RUNNING
Unsurprisingly, running shoes are often pretty good for anyone looking for comfortable footwear. The Brooks Adrenaline is a great example of that. They’re stable and supportive for all-day comfort. They’re available in a wide range of colors as well.
8. Adidas Gazelle
The Adidas Gazelle is the perfect mid-point between a flat shoe and a structured running shoe. They have some cushioning and arch support, but won’t be too structured for people used to shoes like Vans and Converse. Plus, they’re not too wide or narrow, and they’re pretty easy to slip on and off even when they’re laced up. The Gazelle comes in a wide range of colors — go for pink if you’re not afraid to make a statement.
9. Jack Purcell Low Top Sneaker
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Comfort in footwear is typically thought of as cushioning and support, but that’s not necessarily what works best for everyone. The Jack Purcell is a low, relatively unstructured shoe that’s ideal for anyone who likes a flatter shoe. However, they are slightly more supportive and comfortable than the traditional All-Star. The rubber cap is an iconic design detail, which offers the practical benefit of keeping your toes protected.
10. Reebok Classic Leather Legacy Shoes
The leather legacy sneakers from Reebok are the perfect marriage between retro and modern — the upper evokes classic runners, while the stacked sole gives these shoes a contemporary edge. The thick sole also adds extra support and cushioning. Plus, there are a whopping 18 colorways available from Reebok, so you can easily find the style that best suits you (though some colors are low in stock).
11. ASICS Men’s Gel-Kayano 27 Running Shoes
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Another great running shoe that can be worn for comfort is the ASICS Gel-Kayano. ASICS makes a wide range of sportswear, but they’re best known for their quality running shoes. The Gel-Kayano 27 comes in a variety of colors and has a classic running shoe look. The supportive foam sole is great for bounding farther and faster while you run, but it also suits anyone who’s on their feet all day.
12. Allbirds Tree Runners
Not only are the Allbirds Tree Runners some of the most comfortable sneakers to rock throughout the year, but they’re some of the most eco-friendly sneakers on the planet. Each pair is made using eucalyptus tree and renewable materials to keep your feet cozy, light and breezy. The sneakers naturally minimize odor contour your foot to move with it. You won’t have to go through that awkward “break-in” process you do with other sneakers, either. When they get dirty, you can even throw them directly into the washing machine.
13. Under Armour Charged Assert 8 Mrble Running Shoe
Last but not least, we had to top things off with a pick from Under Armour. Although these comfortable sneakers are on the sportier side and won’t match every outfit you put together, they’re a must-have for every dude’s closet. When wearing these shoes, your feet will consistently thank you. They’ve got a low top and a neutral step for those who prioritize flexibility when walking.
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