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 help you improve your game at the gym, or simply want to elevate your everyday style, we’ve rounded up a list of the most comfortable sneakers money can buy today. From sportswear heavyweights like New Balance to innovative independents like ETQ Amsterdam, these trainers all boast slipper-like comfort. Scroll on to find your perfect pair and breathe a sigh of relief when you step into your comfy new kicks.
These vegan trainers from London-based brand LØCI offer a contemporary take on classic skate shoes, promising to keep you looking cool and feeling comfortable when you're nailing those flips. They're as sustainable as they are stylish, made from a 100% recycled upper, with a custom-made cork insole for a soft re-bounce to keep you on your toes, and a lightweight recycled rubber outsole.
Barcelona-based footwear label SAYE specialises in vegan trainers that promise the holy trinity of sneakers: style, sustainability and comfort. The high-top version of its Modelo '89 sneakers are made from innovative and eco-friendly materials, including corn leather, discarded mango waste, bamboo and recycled polyester. The result is a super-soft shoe with excellent cushioning. All wrapped up in a stylish vintage-inspired silhouette.
These leather sneakers from Swedish footwear brand Myrqvist are meticulously handcrafted in Portugal from full grain calf from the renowned French tannery Du Puy. Stitched to a 3-centimetre gum sole, they're designed to stand the test of time. Bonus points for their super-sleek dressed-up style: the perfect dancing shoes for a relaxed summer wedding. Simply add a navy blazer and linen trousers.
Hylo's Run 2 sneakers are just as perfect for the gym as for everyday wear, thanks to their clean, minimalist style and top-notch performance. Innovatively crafted using special Corn Spring® technology, they're engineered for speed and efficiency. A breathable single-layered knit provides ultimate comfort while an anatomically-shaped footbed results in a cushioned yet responsive landing every time. Did we mention they're also fully recyclable? What's not to love?
Portuguese sneaker label JAK looked to '70's sneaker culture to inform the design of its Vantage sneaker. The result is a super-clean take on retro style, combining minimalist leather uppers with a cemented and stitched rubber sole. Removable shock-proof innersoles exist, making everyday wear a total breeze and oh-so-comfortable. Team them anything from jeans and your favourite tee to soft linen tailoring for an effortless take on smart-casual style.
Taking inspiration from retro sportswear, these white sneakers from Oliver Cabell offer a modern update of the style using premium materials. With a meticulously crafted upper made from 3oz full-grain calfskin leather, the Court sneaker blends luxury style with functional, comfortable design in the form of a durable and lightweight Italian Margom sole. It's the ideal choice for everyday wear.
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 signature mid-top sneaker, the MT 02, sees an eco-friendly vegan reinterpretation in the form of this tech-infused VEGEA® version. The upper combines plant-based leather with weatherproof recycled rip-stop nylon and is set atop a chunky natural rubber sole for ultimate durability. The addition of ultra-absorbent and abrasion-resistant microfibre lining, plus a super-flexible Strobel construction, make them some of the most comfortable sneakers in ETQ's impressive collection.
Handcrafted from perforated premium Italian leather which sits atop an Italian Margom cupsole, North-89's Breathable No-2 sneaker 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 takes the comfort of this shoe to the next level.
Nike is one of the most innovative sneaker brands 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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