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The Only Men's Sneakers Guide You Need [2021]

A comprehensive sneaker guide. A guiding light for all things sneaker-related for this year.

The Only Men's Sneakers Guide You Need [2021]


I own more white sneakers than any other color. And I’m not afraid to get them scuffed up either. If you take care of them and wipe them clean often, you can make white sneakers last longer than you think. And I’m being honest here when I say that I truly believe white sneakers are the best compliment to outfits. Don’t sleep on them:

rothy's men's white sneakers
  • Knit with Rothy’s signature thread (spun from plastic water bottles)
  • Creamy white upper with streamlined stitch lines for a one-of-a-kind design
  • Matching cream laces and a dark navy and white lace stay, made with recycled materials
  • Tan outsoles with grooves on the bottom for added traction and durability. Crafted with bio-based TPU
  • Padded ankle collar with dark navy lining for extra cushioning, filled exclusively with excess yarn to minimize waste

puma men's white sneakers
  • Lace-up fastening
  • Padded tongue and cuff
  • Signature PUMA branding
  • Durable rubber outsole
  • Textured grip tread


The first thing that comes to mind when I think of slip-ons is those checkered Vans straight out of the 90s haha. But slip-ons have matured and they’re a great addition to your closet if you want something classy and you hate tying your shoes.

converse mens slip-on sneakers
  • Slip-on shoes in a durable canvas with a lace-free look
  • Elastic collar with heel pull tab for a close, comfy fit
  • Signature Chuck Taylor All-Star rubber toe box, textured toe bumper, contrast sidewall trim, medial side air vent portholes, and All-Star heel patch
  • Rubber midsole
  • Classic Converse diamond-pattern rubber outsole

thousandfell mens slip-on sneakers
  • Thousand Fell is a PETA® approved vegan brand
  • This product is certified vegan and is constructed with no animal parts for materials or bindings
  • rPET with corn waste resin upper
  • rPET with aloe vera coated lining
  • Kushon®'s recycled rubber foam insole
  • Palm tree fiber midsole
  • Yulex natural outsole
  • Made in Brazil

coach mens slip-on sneakers
  • Slip-on design
  • Elastic gore panels for a comfortable fit
  • Round toe
  • Pull loop in back
  • Branding on upper and heel
  • Leather upper
  • Textile and synthetic lining and insole
  • Synthetic outsole


If you’ve got the budget, designer sneakers are the real deal. They’ve got the most unique aesthetics and colorways. It really is art in its purest form (at times). StockX and GOAT aren’t billion-dollar companies if designer sneakers weren’t. And adding designer sneakers to your closet can really wow the crowd if you decide to sport them for a night.

alexander mcqueen mens designer sneakers
  • 2" exaggerated platform heel
  • Round toe
  • Lace-up vamp
  • Metallic backstay panel
  • Leather lining
  • Rubber outsole

off white mens designer sneakers
  • Flat heel
  • Perforated round toe
  • Lace-up vamp with branded accent
  • Signature graphic arrow appliqué at sides
  • Signature leather tag at sides
  • Graphic print at backstay
  • Rubber sole
  • Made in Italy

balenciaga mens designer sneakers
  • TPU injected insole for more comfort, lighter shoe with a shock absorber effect
  • One additional pair of laces included
  • Chunky heel
  • Reinforced round toe
  • Lace-up vamp
  • Pull-tab at tongue and backstay
  • Logo at side
  • Padded collar
  • Contrast clear midsole
  • Rubber sole
  • Wipe with a soft cloth


You need some high tops in your life. And if you’ve never owned some, nows the time. Most folks aren’t comfortable with high tops, especially if you’re older. It can look out of place. But not if you pick up the right ones that can complement your outfits.

vans mens high top sneakers
  • High-top style
  • Lace-up fastening
  • Heel cushioning for extra comfort
  • Supportive, padded cuff
  • Durable reinforced toecaps
  • Signature rubber waffle outsole for a firm grip

adidas mens high top sneakers
  • adidas Three-Stripes pattern for instant brand recognition
  • Full-grain leather upper for a premium look
  • EVA® midsole for support
  • Rubber outsole for sturdy footing
  • High top structure for foot support and improved movement
  • Herringbone cupsole for traction and stability


Casual wear is in. And it will be for a while. It’s not a faux pas to wear sneakers with suits to a wedding anymore (I’ve done it, and seen many others do it too). And if you can find the right dress sneaker, you can wear them in a ton of different settings. And they’re actually comfortable. Why do you think brands like Cole Haan and Allen Edmonds have shifted their strategies? It’s what the people want!

wolf and shephard mens dress sneakers
  • Full-grain Italian calfskin upper
  • Ultra-soft, abrasion-resistant sheepskin lining
  • Leather treated with custom-blended formula to improve softness and durability
  • Removable memory foam footbed for industry-leading comfort
  • High-density TPU outsole
  • A portion of sales will be donated to the Steve Nash Foundation

koio mens dress sneakers
  • Handmade in Marche, Italy
  • Constructed from Italian leather that's LWG Gold-certified, meaning it's sourced from a tannery that meets the highest standards for sustainability
  • Lined with soft Italian calf leather
  • Set on a durable rubber sole
  • Fitted with a comfortable, removable insole
  • Finished with hand-painted edges


Don’t worry fellas. If you got big ass feet, I didn’t leave you out haha. This is pretty self-explanatory. Here are some wide sneakers that you can add to your closet:

hoka mens wide sneakers
  • Engineered mesh delivers breathable comfort
  • Late stage balanced Meta-Rocker geometry creates a unique fulcrum effect that encourages a smoother transition from heel-strike through toe-off
  • Midfoot H-Frame for increased upper support and midfoot lockdown
  • J-Frame™ uses rubberized foam for support, rebound, and durability
  • Flat-waisted geometry provides inherent stability
  • Rubber outsole for increased durability
  • Upper made from textile and synthetic material
  • Lining and insole made out of textile material
  • Synthetic outsole

new balance mens wide sneakers
  • Synthetic uppers
  • Lace-up closure
  • Plush tongue and collar
  • Removable UltraSoft™ foam insole
  • CUSH+ midsole offers responsive cushioning and comfort without sacrificing durability or stability
  • Rubber outsole
  • Flex Zone™ forefoot traction is great for use in working environments where you're on your feet all-day
  • Built on a SL-2 last that offers a narrow heel width, high instep, deep toe box, and wide forefoot width


I’ve had a tough time wearing black sneakers. There’s a reason why black Air Force Ones are forbidden. But I found my niche. And it’s with white soles. They work with more outfits, and I feel pretty comfortable with them. But I’ve added all blacks for those that sport minimalist looks, too:

suavs mens black sneakers
  • Soft and comfortable digital knit
  • Breathable fabrics
  • Moisture-wicking insoles (for wearing with or without socks)
  • Washable & dries quick
  • Cushioned insoles are removable and washable
  • Flexible rubber sole moves with your feet
  • Packs flat (Perfect for any bag or your travels)
  • Made with 100% post-consumer recycled threads

atoms mens black sneakers
  • High durability coated TPU yarn blend upper material
  • Removable copper-lined insole
  • Custom foam midsole
  • Non-slip rubber outsole
  • 100% Vegan


Leather sneaks give me The Hamptons vibes. I love them. You can create really unique outfits. That light brown and off-white palate can look so clean and classy. They get pricey, but these brands are some of the best to do it:

olukai mens leather sneakers
  • Supple full-grain leather with a soft, microfiber lining creates an ultra-comfy and premium fit. Leather details on the tongue top and heel add style.
  • The dual-density PU footbed, cushy gel insert, and removable/washable microfiber footbed cover deliver all-day support. Featuring artwork inspired by Ohe Kapala.
  • Lightweight, high-rebound EVA midsole and non-marking 'Wet Grip Rubber outsole adds support and extra traction on wet surfaces.

oliver cabell mens leather sneakers
  • Hand-stitched and lasted in Marche, Italy
  • 3oz full-grain calfskin leather from Marche, Italy
  • Margom Italian outsoles — renowned for their durable, lightweight rubber
  • Italian calf-skin over removable molded in-sole
  • Italian calfskin leather
  • 3oz full-grain calfskin leather from Marche, Italy
  • Italian cotton

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