Yes, sneakers should be comfortable, but there are some brands that take things to the next level. Feathery-soft leather, bouncy soles and cocoon-like cushioning can combine to make that shoe you want to be seen a shoe you won’t want to take off.
Whether you need a pair to improve your daily walk or you fancy them for around the house, we’ve rounded up a list of the most comfortable sneakers money can buy today. From sportswear heavyweights like New Balance to innovative independents Filling Pieces, these trainers all boast slipper-like comfort.
Taking inspiration from retro athletics sneakers, the Oliver Cabell Rennes Sneaker offers a modern update of the style using premium materials. With an upper made from 3oz full-grain calfskin leather and split suede from Veneto, Italy, the Rennes sneaker blends luxury style with functional design in the form of an Italian Dami rubber sole offering premium comfort. That makes this men’s running sneaker the ideal choice for a walk while upholding exacting style standards.
New Balance is most noted for its running shoes, which are some of the most comfortable sneakers on the planet, but the sheer volume of styles it offers can be slightly overwhelming. A good place to start is its Made in US collection, which is more expensive but the construction methods and quality of materials makes up for it. There’s plenty of tech behind its styles too: look out for its signature ENCAP midsoles and use of spongy foam in its soles, which make its trainers feel as good as they look.
ETQ Amsterdam’s flagship sneaker, the LT 01 sees a sustainable, utilitarian renovation in the form of the knitted Tencel version. This men’s luxury sneaker features a premium knitted upper made of Tencel Lyocell fibres from the Austrian-based Lenzing group. These fibres are made from wood pulp from sustainably managed forests and are produced in a closed-loop process with low environmental impact. A TPU cupsole lends the silhouette a comfortable foundation while the lightweight, breathable uppers position it as a certified spring and summer walker.
Hiking shoes have been around for some time, but recently they’ve taken off, shooting to the top of many a sneakerhead’s wishlist. Filling Pieces have taken to the style, producing a suitable chunky model with all the characteristics you’d expect: a combination of a leather, suede and mesh upper; reflective detailing; a mesh lining and a chunky sole that’ll serve you well on a mountain trek as it would a trek to the shops.
Handcrafted from perforated premium Italian leather which sits atop an Italian Margom cupsole, the North-89 Breathable No-2 uses a deconstructed, perforated upper to maximise breathability. An eye for minimal detailing means that North-89 maintains its precise Scandinavian aesthetic alongside the comfort and functionality of this men’s leather sneaker. A memory foam insole elevates this shoe to the next level.
When it comes to functional style in the world of men’s luxury sneakers, VOR is one of the first names that comes to mind. This German label proudly designs and produces everything in Germany, using only German materials. A premium full-grain leather upper combines with a white calfskin lining for a supremely clean aesthetic. What really separates VOR sneakers from the crowd though is the support and comfort on offer. When it comes to the VOR 3A, a dual-density TPU cupsole works in tandem with structured insoles to provide a healthy basis to your daily wanders.
Nike is the most innovative sneaker brand of all, and has revolutionised footwear design on more than one occasion over the decades. One of its great achievements of late is ‘VaporMax’, an extreme take on Nike Air tech which sees the Air unit moulded directly onto the upper. This results in visible springy pods which essentially act as a bouncy cushion for your feet. While their designs are less classic than some Nike styles, VaporMax trainers are some of the most comfortable sneakers of all time.
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