The 20 Best Men’s Sneakers for Summer

You’ve gotten to the age where you’re old enough to question whether or not you should be wearing sneakers at all. Who are you, Dennis the Menace? Are boat shoes and loafers the most casual shoes you’re allowed to wear outside of the gym during the summer season?

Nope. Trust us on this. You can pull off sneakers your entire life, but being able to make it work starts with choosing the right pair to sport (classic profile, clean and unscuffed) and the right clothes to wear it with. Some guys look their most handsome wearing a fitted black suit and a pair of classic black Converses. And so, we’ve rounded up the best men’s sneakers to wear this summer, regardless of whether you’re just out of college or approaching a mid-life crisis.

*Converse Jack Purcell’s in photo above from Kith NYC. [Purchase]

Vans Van Doren Authentic Flamingo Sneakers

Vans Van Doren Authentic Flamingo Sneakers

Every guy’s bound to have a pair of Vans in his closet (or several pairs), but we’ll bet you don’t have a pair of flamingo-pattern Vans hanging around the house. These shoes feature a print dug out of the Vans archives and are perfect for any summer getaways you have planned. [Purchase: $55]

PUMA Suede Classic Sneakers

PUMA Suede Classic Sneakers

Once summer finally rolls around, you can safely break out your suede shoes without fear of an afternoon rainstorm ruining your kicks, so these classic sneakers from Puma are an appropriate buy leading into the hot months. [Purchase: $59]

Ben Sherman Jenson Lace-Up Sneakers

Ben Sherman Jenson Lace-Up Sneakers

You might think of Ben Sherman only when you’re in the market for dress shoes, but these Jenson sneakers prove that Sherman can make quality casual shoes, too. These shoes are nautical-inspired, featuring a blend of solid and striped navy designs, red accents on the laces, and a unique rope sole. [Purchase: $60]

Vans for J Crew Canvas Authentic Sneakers

Vans for J. Crew Canvas Authentic Sneakers

A re-release of Vans first-ever shoe, these Authentic Canvas sneakers will be appropriate for any summertime jaunts you have planned, and they feature the classic Vans waffle-tread sole, which is supposed to be for enhanced traction, but is really just cool to look at. [Purchase: $60]

Tretorn Nylite Canvas Sneakers

Tretorn Nylite Canvas Sneakers

Swedish-borne Tretorn has roots all the way back to the 19th century, but also found success in the 1970s when they became the favored shoe of professional tennis players. These low-profile canvas sneakers will be your favorite shoe this summer. [Purchase: $65]

Converse CONS CTAS Pro Sneakers

Converse CONS CTAS Pro Sneakers

This model of Converse takes the classic Chuck Taylor All Star low-tops we know well and toughens them up. Featuring rubber-infused canvas, a molded sock liner, and a thick, gusseted tongue, these shoes ensure you can handle whatever’s thrown at you (an impromptu pick-up basketball game, for example?). [Purchase: $65]

Adidas Originals Americana Shoes

Adidas Originals Americana Shoes

Some styles never die, and that’s certainly the case with these Americana shoes from Adidas. Featuring the classic Adidas side stripes and available in a rainbow of colors, you’ll have these in your rotation for years and never look like you’re out of it. [Purchase: $65]

CLAE Bruce Sneakers

CLAE Bruce Sneakers

California-based CLAE seeks to create shoes that bring a variety of materials together in unexpected ways, creating footwear that will truly stand out. Their Bruce sneakers do exactly that—the classic low-top silhouette made out of black mesh provide a unique look, and bonus—they’ll keep your feet ventilated on hot summer days. [Purchase: $70]

Native Apollo Mocs

Native Apollo Mocs

Some of Native’s offerings feel a bit out of this world, and the Apollo is no exception. Made with perforated microfiber, a bouncy sole, and available in a variety of colors, you’ll be able to take a giant leap (or two) of your own in these, for sure. [Purchase: $70]

Adidas Stan Smith Sneakers

Adidas Stan Smith Sneakers

Named after the world-famous tennis player, these Adidas Stan Smiths are the best-selling tennis shoes of all-time. This reintroduction of the wildly popular 1970s version is true to the original (if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it), made from full-grain leather and featuring Adidas’ signature perforations and color pops on the tongue and heel. [Purchase: $75]

Seavees Hermosa Plimsoll Sneakers

Seavees Hermosa Plimsoll Sneakers

Santa Barbara-based Seavees is dedicated to surf and skate culture, as evidenced by these Hermosa Plimsoll sneakers, which are named after the first skateboard contest ever held in 1963 in Hermosa Beach. The classic shape, white sole, and sage green color are perfect for the summer—and you don’t have to skateboard to wear them. [Purchase: $78]

Woolrich Strand Sneaker

Woolrich Strand Sneaker

Remember how your grandfather would sit around and say, “They don’t make things like they used to?” Well, grandpa might be right about that for some things, but not for Woolrich. They’ve been around since 1830, and they’re still producing quality made-in-the-USA products. Fashioned out of waxed canvas and anti-odor wool (perfect for when you’re going sock-less in the summer), this is a pair of shoes that will stand up to whatever your summer throws at it. [Purchase: $80]

Sperry Cadet Nubuck Sneakers

Sperry Cadet Nubuck Sneakers

Sperry, of course, is known for being the king of boat shoes, but they also make some killer sneakers, like these Cadet Nubuck lace-ups. Available in seafaring navy or tan, they’ll look good whether you’re out at sea or out at a bar. [Purchase: $85]

Vintage Nike Blazer High Suede Sneakers

Vintage Nike Blazer High Suede Sneakers

The Nike Blazer first made its debut in 1973—it was Nike’s first-ever basketball shoe, if you can imagine—but it still looks damn good for being over 40. The high-top design features the signature Nike swoosh and the suede and nylon combination will look good both off the court and on. [Purchase: $90]

Converse Jack Purcell Signature Sneakers

Converse Jack Purcell Signature Sneakers

If you don’t have a pair of Converse Jack Purcells in your wardrobe, let’s make it simple: buy a pair now. They’re the one shoe that will never go out of style, they can be worn anywhere, and with [almost] anything. If you do already own a pair of these guys, survey the scuffs and the holes that you tend to get from wearing a pair of favorite shoes into the ground, and consider upgrading. Yes, you can buy the same exact ones. [Purchase: $95]

Nike Blazer Low iD Sneakers

Nike Blazer Low iD Sneakers

You’ve been buying Nike for years, but only as running shoes, so you might want to consider trying out the venerable brand for your non-athletic activities. The Blazer Low iDs sport a classic walking shoe style, but can be fully customized—you can choose the pattern, the coloring, and even the material (suede, canvas, leather, or denim). The Nike swoosh, though, will always be there. [Purchase: $115]

SWIMS Luca Sneakers

SWIMS Luca Sneakers

SWIMS are the brainchild of a Norwegian designer who wanted to create fashion-forward, modern galoshes that wouldn’t get him laughed off the fashionable streets of Paris and New York City. They’ve since expanded to create more than just galoshes, and the Lucas are one of their newer offerings. The shoe is made from breathable mesh and sports the unique, bright-orange SWIMS logo on the bottom for an unexpected pop of color. [Purchase: $134]

CLAE Mills Sneakers

CLAE Mills Sneakers

CLAE specializes in melding materials together in unique ways, and you can’t get more unique than these Mills sneakers, shoes that combine a translucent rubber sole, a cork midsole, mustard yellow and tie-dyed suede, and leather accents. Wear jeans and an understated t-shirt with these shoes—they’re truly going to be your outfit’s statement piece. [Purchase: $160]

Common Projects Achilles Leather Sneakers

Common Projects Achilles Leather Sneakers

NYC-based Common Projects was created by artists wanted to create high-quality, low-profile men’s shoes, so if you’re looking to invest, invest in these. Made in Italy, the shoe sports a classic bright-white sole and perforated gray leather uppers. This is a pair sophisticated enough to pair well with a suit (it is wedding season, after all), but can also dress up your weekend jeans-and-t-shirt uniform. [Purchase: $400]

Common Projects Perforated Leather Sneakers

Common Projects Perforated Leather Slip-On Sneakers

Another offering from Common Projects, these all-white leather sneakers will look especially good out in the Hamptons this summer. Just don’t go crazy trying to keep them clean. It’s a thankless job. [Purchase: $435]

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