The number one priority many of us look for in buying a new pair of kicks is versatility. I’m the kind of guy who’s not above wearing the same shoe to an anniversary dinner as I do to the gym. It’s like two pairs for the price of one. But they can’t just be any ol’ clunkers. They have to have three very important criteria: style, comfort, durability.
In that same spirt, here are 5 of the top lifestyle shoes on the market right now. Cop yourself a pair, you’ll be glad you did.
Adidas Originals Pharrell Williams Tennis Human Race
Back in 2016, adidas & Pharrell Williams executed their first collaboration on the Pharrell x adidas NMD Human Race sneaker that blew up to become one of the most popular sneakers of the year. Not only is it nice on the eyes, but the bootie construction offers soft collar for an easy pull-on style. The soft foam footbed adds comfort and it’s lightweight nature (only 7 oz.) makes it feel like you’ve got nothing on your feet.
Allbirds Men’s Wool Runners
I bought my brother a pair of these for Christmas and I think it’s the first gift I’ve bought him that he actually loves. And for good reason. Allbirds are all the rage right now because they are like wearing sturdily-made, really comfortable slippers. Each pair is made in New Zealand using ultrafine merino wool and a rubber-foam polymer sole. They are soft, lightweight, breathable, and super versatile.
ADIDAS NMD_R2 SHOES
You can dress these bad boys up or down–wear them to the gym or throw on a collared shirt and a pair of jeans and rock them to the bar. The shoes feature a lightweight knit upper with premium leather overlays and welded trim that make them one of Adidas’ top premium lifestyle shoe. It’s Boost technology is also Adidas’ most responsive cushioning ever. A bit pricey, but you certainly get what you pay for.
New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz v1
I’m wearing these kicks as I write this and can confidently say that they are one of the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned. Not to mention I’ve gotten a few compliments on them from real-life girls. I tied the laces when I first got them, and have just slipped into them ever since. Never untied them. They fit perfectly around your foot thanks to the synthetic and mesh upper. I purchased these five months ago and they look like they’ve just come out of the box. Highly recommend.
Nike Tanjun Mens Casual Shoe
The Nike Tanjun’s have some of the best user reviews of any lifestyle shoe out there today for its style, comfort and lightweight feel. The sole bends more, so they are out-of-the-box comfortable–one buyer claims they feel like “moccasins.” The shoe features a fabric lining for a good in-shoe feel and a thick synthetic outsole for reliable durability. The sole is soft and grips bare feet and socks as well as any shoe on the market. Oh, and they’re priced cheap AF.