Ranking the Best Adidas Sneakers for Men in 2021 (That Aren’t Yeezys)

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Adidas is an incredible brand that was around long before the invention of the modern sneaker. They were founded nearly 100 years ago by Adolf “Adi” Dassler, hence the “Adidas” moniker. Their classic sneakers have had incredible staying power thanks to their stylish designs, comfortable fit and high quality construction. The best Adidas sneakers are equally suited for pickup basketball games and more formal work outfits, and the brand’s iconic three-stripe design is instantly recognizable wherever you go. Now, some of the company’s new creations are bringing the brand into the future.

Adidas is the home of the most important sneaker of the past decade, Kanye West’s signature “Yeezy” line of shoes (we especially like the Yeezy Boost 350 Version 2, if you can find them). While they do tend to sell out shortly after being dropped, there is an active resale market with many options under $300, not much more than the $220 retail price. As Yeezy’s are currently sold out, you’ll have to do some searching on resale websites to find the pair you’re looking for. Fortunately, Adidas has plenty of other men’s sneakers worth adding to your wardrobe this spring.

Whether you’re looking for supportive running shoes, basketball shoes or a stylish pair of sneakers for your weekend style, Adidas has a pair of sneakers that’s perfect for the task at hand. Take a look at the best Adidas shoes of 2021 below and keep yourself looking classic below the ankles.

1. Adidas Pro Model Shoes

BEST HIGH TOP SNEAKERS

An iconic look for 70s basketball players, high top sneakers have never really gone out of style. It’s easy to see why. The Pro Model’s sleek, minimalist aesthetic is right at home both on the court and beneath a pair of denim for a night out. It’s available in six colorways — including an ultra-minimalist white — but we really dig the subtle gold flourishes in the model pictured below.

Adidas pro model
Adidas pro model


Buy:

Adidas Pro Model High Top shoes

$90.00


2. Adidas Ultraboost 21

BEST ADIDAS ATHLEISURE

We were big fans of the Adidas Ultraboost 20 sneakers, which we called a perfect “athleisure” shoe. For all the same reasons, we also love the new Adidas Ultraboost 21 line of sneakers. Since their release, the new Ultraboost sneakers have racked up hundreds of 5-star reviews on Amazon and Adidas’ website. While these men’s running shoes come in a variety of colorways, you can’t go wrong with the all-black colorway pictured below. These athleisure sneakers can be dressed up or down depending on what you wear them with. Just as at home at the gym, running errands or getting a bit of shopping done, you can style these shoes with chinos and a jean jacket, or with workout pants and a hoodie. Check out the many interesting colorways and pick one that works best for you!

Adidas ultraboost 21
Adidas ultraboost 21


Buy:

Adidas Ultraboost 21 Shoes

$180.00


3. Adidas NMD_R1 Primeblue

BEST STYLE

Adidas’ NMD_R1 is a nearly perfect sneaker. These are stylish white sneakers you can really build an outfit around. They’re comfortable due to the boost sole, have a sock-like slip-on construction, and have just enough of a nod to the classic while highlighting the new, modern styles of 2021. We like the classic white with the gum rubber sole, but these sneakers are also available in black, scarlet and a black & white combo.

Adidas NMD r1 prime blue
Adidas NMD r1 prime blue


Buy:

Adidas NMD_R1 Primeblue Shoes

$140


4. Adidas Stan Smith

BEST CLASSIC ADIDAS SNEAKERS

Occasionally, a shoe comes along that is basically perfect right from the get-go. Enter: the Adidas Stan Smith. This sneaker (named for the professional tennis player) has been around for decades and has maintained its status as a perennially perfect shoe nearly that entire time. It’s a great-looking, simple sneaker for casual outfits, and it’s also sufficiently clean and stylish to wear with a suit if you are so inclined. Dress it up, dress it down, wear it with whatever you want. We like the classic green version of these tennis shoes, but try the many different variations until you find your favorite. For its simple and classic design, these are some of the best Adidas sneakers year after year.

adidas Stan Smith Sneaker
adidas Stan Smith Sneaker


Buy:

Adidas Stan Smith

$80.00


5. Adidas Delpala Shoes

BEST BUDGET PICK

Even with its big-name collaborations and high-fashion alternatives, Adidas still offers a handful of sneakers for a pretty affordable price. The Delpalas, with its canvas soles, are a trusted warm weather companion, best rocked with shorts for toasty beach days or cuffed jeans on warm summer nights. At $60, this is the type of shoe you can afford to easily buy again next year if all your summer adventures take a toll on your kicks.

Adidas delpala
Adidas delpala


Buy:

Adidas Delpala

$60.00


6. Adidas D.O.N. Issue #2 Shoes

BEST SUPERHUMAN STYLE

Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell launched his signature shoe with Adidas back in 2019. While the first issue featured four colorways paying homage to Marvel superheroes, this iteration adds more than a dozen new options, most of which still retain that boldness synonymous with Mitchell’s aggressive, superhuman playing style. Whether or not you’re an avid baller yourself, these will most definitely level up your sneaker game.

Donald Mitchell shoes
Donald Mitchell shoes


Buy:

Adidas Donovan Mitchell D.O.N. Issue #2 Shoes

$80.00


7. Adidas 4D Run 1.0 Parley Shoes

MOST GLAM

Who says dudes can’t rock some glamorous running kicks in their day to day? Certainly not Adidas. This metallic coloration is a partnership with Parley for the Oceans, an organization that raises awareness surrounding plastic pollution and ocean sustainability. Produced with recycled plastics, the shiny overtake really adds to the already futuristic design, giving us a look we’re surprised to be seeing in 2021. The wildly unique lattice midsole is crafted from liquid resin to give all the cushioning you want when strutting the streets in style. However, when it’s time for your daily run, these Adidas running shoes are up for the challenge. Feel free to pair these sneaks with just about anything from ripped, cuffed jeans and a crewneck sweatshirt to joggers and a breathable running tee.

Adidas 4D run
Adidas 4D run


Buy:

Adidas 4D Run 1.0 Parley Shoes

$160.00


8. Adidas ZX 2K Boost Shoes

BEST STYLISH WALKING SHOE

The ZX 2K Boost combines bright colors and loud graphics for a design that’s 80s-inspired but apropos in 2021’s nostalgia-obsessed fashion landscape. With Adidas’ soft and responsive Boost midsole, the ZX 2K is great for day-to-day strolls, but we don’t recommend using them in the gym or on a jog. Reviewers also note these run a bit large, so best to go at least a half-size down. That being said, if you’re looking for stylish sneakers for everyday wear that come in a slew of different colors, these are some of the best Adidas sneakers for men.

Adidas Zx 2K
Adidas Zx 2K


Buy:

Adidas ZK 2K Boost

$150.00


9. Adidas OAMC Type 0-6 Shoes

BEST HIGH FASHION OPTION

The best Adidas shoes for men run the gamut from modern high-tops to retro throwbacks. However, no list of the best Adidas shoes would be complete without a high fashion option capable to walk both the city streets and the runway. OAMC never compromises on style by bringing an almost dystopian, utilitarian design to each of their shoes, and their collab with Adidas on these bad boys are no different. Subtle coloring is shown throughout the full sneak yet stays entirely off-white in its approach. They’re a handsome city shoe to rock no matter the season or outfit, that’s for damn sure.

Adidas OAMC o-6
Adidas OAMC o-6


Buy:

Adidas Originals Type O-6 x OAMC

$279.00


10. Adidas Pharrell Williams Terrex Free Hiker

BEST COLLAB

Pharrell Williams, an 11-time Grammy winner, has been making hits for almost two decades, and not just in the studio. Williams’ eye for style has landed him some legit collaborations with Louis Vitton, G-Star Raw and Warby Parker. It’s safe to say the man knows fashion. He’s partnered with Adidas since 2014 on a number of shoes, including these Terrex Free Hikers, a stylish upgrade from the original shoe of the same name. These futuristic hiking kicks feature COLD.RDY technology to keep your feet warm in cold weather. Clunky hiking boots aren’t the most stylish, we’ll admit, which makes these even more desirable. You’ll be the best-dressed guy on the trail and the coffee shop after your hike.

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Adidas Pharrell williams
Adidas Pharrell williams


Buy:

Adidas x Pharrell Williams Terrex Free Hiker

$249.00


11. Adidas Superstar Vegan Shoes

BEST VEGAN OPTION

Reimagining an absolutely classic leather sneaker with a contemporary, vegan design is no easy feat. But Adidas accomplished just that with this re-release of its Superstar sneaker, made from recycled materials and completely free of animal-based ingredients. The best part? While staying cruelty-free, Adidas still applied the same level of craftsmanship you’d expect from any other shoe. Buyers and reviewers note these are almost indistinguishable from the original Superstars. The style is incredibly versatile, too. Rock these on coffee runs with a pair of grey sweatpants, or throw on some black denim for a tried-and-true everyday look.

Adidas superstar vegan
Adidas superstar vegan


Buy:

Adidas Superstar Vegan

$85.00


12. Adidas Adissage Slides

BEST SLIDES

These really are the shoe that put slide sandals on the map. The little nubbles on the sole of the shoe are a heavenly massage whenever you walk on them, and they also provide airflow when you’re using them on your way to and from the shower or pool. They’re also really the only possible option that kind of works for socks and sandals (kind of). At this price, you can’t go wrong with picking up a pair of classic slides. In fact, because these men’s shoes only cost $21, we would recommend buying two pairs — one for the gym or pool and one for home.

Buy: Adidas Adissage Slides $29.95

13. Adidas Ozweego Pure

BEST CHUNKY SNEAKER

What’s great about 2021 fashion (and beyond) is that with the right confidence, you can wear basically anything you want. The thick, chunky and, frankly, ugly sneaker trend is really having a moment, and these Adidas Ozweegos fit that mold perfectly. Say you wanted to dip your toe into the chunky sneaker trend but don’t feel like dropping $800 on a pair of Balenciaga Triple S shoes? The Ozweego is a great way to see how you feel about this style. Try these with joggers, a designer hoodie, and lots of swagger.

Adidas Oswego pure
Adidas Oswego pure


Buy:

Adidas Ozweego Pure

$120.00


14. Adidas Terrex TR Trail Running Shoes

BEST FOR THE MOUNTAINS

If you spend your weekends dashing down mountain trails, you definitely need a pair of shoes that can keep up. These trail runners from Adidas offer comfortable and lightweight cushioning, while the outsole should provide ample grip regardless of the terrain you cover. With its no-nonsense, absolutely-no-frills black colorway, the Terrex trail runners should work if want to double down on function and focus less on making a fashion statement on the trails.

Adidas terrex TR
Adidas terrex TR


Buy:

Adidas Terrex TR Trail Running Shoes

$80.00


15. Adidas Gazelle Shoes

BEST SUEDE SNEAKERS

Suede just evokes luxury, doesn’t it? Your sneakers deserve that treatment, too. Created in the 1960s, the Gazelle has been a fixture of pop culture ever since, seen on the feet of rappers, Olympic swimmers and rockstars. Daniel Craig even briefly rocked a pair as James Bond in 2012’s Skyfall. Adidas unveiled this suede reissue of the 1991 model back in 2016 in a handful of colorways that really evoke that 90s’ style. But be warned. Suede is high maintenance and tough to clean, so make sure you know how to properly take care of yours.

Adidas Gazelle suede
Adidas Gazelle suede


Buy:

Adidas Gazelle

$80.00


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