It shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg to be able to slide your feet into a nice pair of kicks. Whether you wear sneakers everywhere from the gym to work or just reserve them for weekend wear, there are a wide variety of styles and brands to choose from that won’t break the bank.
In fact – there are so many out there that we ended up spending a good deal of time whittling down a list of our absolute favorites that you can pick up for under $50. We ended up with shoes ranging from the undeniably classic Vans Authentic to the rebellious Jefferson kicks from the up and coming Native Shoes. Take a scroll through and add a new pair to your wardrobe.
PF Flyers Rambler Lo
When it comes to sneakers – nothing is more classic than PF Flyers. Originally made by BF Goodrich in the 1930s to show off their ‘Posture Foundation’ insole, these shoes went on to become extremely influential in the sneaker world. Now, years later they are still solid shoes for everyday wear.
Flyknit and flywire technology is cool and all – but sometimes you just gotta go back to the old-school athletic look. Coming equipped with an outsole built for the kind of grip you need during an indoor soccer game – this set of sneakers from Nike do just as well as your daily or weekend pair as they do on the field.
Saucony Jazz Original
Comfort, support, and a solid construction that will last longer than just a few months is what these shoes have to offer. With the familiar Saucony wave stamped on the side panel along with a big midsole and a comfortable upper, these shoes work perfectly as a daily go-to or just a pair you save for comfy weekend wear.
Keds Champion CVO
A low and clean profile, a slim outsole, and a light canvas top are the reasons why many regard these sneakers as the ultimate summer shoe. Its construction is minimal enough to be a cool wear for hot days, while the classic design makes it the perfect shoe for any casual occasion.
First adopted by Southern Californian surfers turned skateboarders back in the 1970s, this shoe has stood the test of time – weathering both sneaker trends and tough and constant use. On the beach, on your bike, or on a skateboard – these old-school shoes are built to stand up to all kinds of stress while still looking great.
Native Shoes Jefferson
A psychedelic take on the PF Flyer look – these sneakers by the new (and fantastic) shoe maker Native Shoes are for the guy looking to stand out. Made with a lightweight EVA upper and given antimicrobial properties in order to reduce odor – these shoes are made for super breathable sock-less wear. And there are few things better than going sockless.
With thick laces and a smooth suede upper, these kicks from Puma have always been distinct from others in its price range. The simple two tone color scheme make it so the sneakers stand out from the crowd without being gaudy or flashy, while the padded upper and solid insole make them a super comfortable for extended wear.
For a whole lot of us – Adidas will always call to mind at least two things, the Run DMC song ‘My Adidas’, and the Samba sneaker. This timeless and sporty shoe was originally designed for indoor soccer but the look and comfort that come along with it are perfect for casual occasions.
Joe Fresh High Tops
Combine the desert boot design with an athletic outsole and what do you have? Your new favorite set of kicks – that’s what. These faux leather high tops are perfect for wearing around town or for throwing on with some chinos before heading out to the bar for drinks with friends.
People Footwear Stanley
Sometimes all it takes to really stand out and do something interesting is to bring new materials to a well known design. People Footwear did just that with their Stanley shoes – drawing heavily from sneaker classics, they built a super breathable mesh shoe perfect for the hot weather that’s right around the corner.
Greats Wilson Shoe
You can’t beat solid design – so more often then not, you just have to provide your own spin on it. The shoe company Greats did just that with the canvas topped lace-up sneaker by throwing on a pebbled leather toe-cap and a tough vulcanized rubber outsole. Their Wilson shoe is a fun take on an old school design that looks great with most all casual outfits.
Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars
You can’t make a list about sneakers and not include these shoes. It’s against the law. We checked. But truly – from the stitched canvas top, to the heel cap and the black line down the side of the midsole – everything about this shoe is authoritative. Made for the court almost 100 years ago, they’ve been adopted by counter cultural and mainstream figures alike – so why not join in on the tradition and grab a pair yourself?
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