No matter what time of year it may be, there’s never a reason not to invest in a fresh pair of sneakers. They are by far the one item that receives the most abuse on a daily basis, acting as the first line of defense between your foot and what lies on the ground floor. Day in and day out they stick with you, providing comfort and said protection, keeping you stylish in the process. And with hundreds of brands and styles to choose from, it’s no wonder why the possibilities are seemingly endless when the time comes to purchase a new pair.
And as overwhelming as shopping for a new pair of sneakers may seem, it shouldn’t serve as a burden to the concerned buyer. From athletic shoes to more casual canvas sneakers to even the occasional slip-on, shoes not only act to fit a purpose but a specific taste and preference. A solid pair, purchased with diligence and admiration, acts as an extension of your personality; the alpha and the omega of your chosen wardrobe for the day. Cleary this means a whole lot to us, as it should for you too, so we’ve siphoned through the nonsense to bring you a handful of options we know are of the utmost quality in both form and function. All while keeping things on the less expensive side no doubt. The result is the following list containing the 15 best sneakers under $100. Because looking good and going broke don’t have to go hand-in-hand.
Saucony Originals Jazz Low Pro
Sometimes a solid low-cut sneaker is just what you need to enhance flexibility and breathability wherever you may roam. These Saucony sneakers are a bit lower than the original Jazz but offer the same slick appearance and wearability. Naturally, the design is closer to the ground, paying homage to the shoe that started it all, and delivers a cool, retro vibe that will keep you looking just as sharp your did years ago with the original pair.
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
Nothing like some red, white, and blue Chuck Taylor All Stars to really bring out the patriot in anyone. Once the original basketball shoe, they’re now defined as a fashion staple and, dare we say required, of every men’s shoe collection. They featured a durable canvas upper, a lace-up front with metal eyelets and a cushioned footbed with a canvas lining for hours of comfort.
Van’s Authentic Core Classics
What’s a ‘best sneaker’ list without Vans? The monumental and innovative shoe company has been in the business for some time now and continues to provide wearers with quality footwear in a minimalist design. These, in particular, keep things extra simple with a lightweight and flexible canvas upper, cotton drill lining, die-cut EVA insert and gum rubber outsole. They’re beyond comfortable and are wearable for any occasion. You’re welcome.
Greats The Bab
With a name like Greats, it should be obvious you’re going to enjoy this addition to their Legacy Collection. The Bab is purposed to be the ultimate warm-weather sneaker thanks to its design that borders between a trainer and lightweight chukka. There’s a nylon mesh upper and neoprene panel to prevent sweating and its EVA sole contains injected rubber pods at the forefoot to facilitate a smooth stride and comfortable walk. Perfect for summer.
Converse Jack Purcell
An American classic, Converse options for simplicity and quality in their design, a business model that has kept them alive through the decades. And when it comes to a basic sneaker selection, no outfit is complete without a pair of the famed Jack Purcells. These canvas sneakers boast a comfortable fit, with a lace-up closure and canvas upper to keep things cool on those warmer afternoons.
PF Flyers Center Hi
Once a famed basketball shoe and now a proper throwback sneaker, PF Flyers offer superior style to any wardrobe these days. They’re handmade and built with a synthetic sole, a canvas upper, and removable footbed for a touch of modularity. And since the PF Flyers brand adorns the outside of the sneaker, it’ll be nearly impossible to mistake these black beauties for any other high-top around.
Seavees Maslon Desert Boot
If California-based SeaVees knows anything it’s style and this desert boot is no different. Serving as a tribute to the original desert boot style, SeaVees embraces the simple elegance and modern appearance of the shoe. The Maslon, in turn, is a mid-cut sneaker with uppers comprised of navy blue poplin twill and soft suede leather. A comfortable shoe no doubt, with sufficient style to boot…you get it?
Nike Roshe One
Nike rarely disappoints when it comes to men’s sneakers. Built for athletes of all skill sets and ages the manufacturing giant offers a great deal of options for wearers the world over. The Roshe One is one such shoe, boasting a full mesh upper and injected unit midsole the Roshe is widely considered one of the more comfortable, breathable, and lightweight running shoes around.
Adidas Originals Stan Smith
Fans of the Adidas brand will find solace in wearing one of the Originals. They’re simple, straightforward, and come in a plethora of color variations that work with whatever your stylistic tastes may be. They’re both leather and synthetic, feature a rubber sole, and come complete with the Stan Smith’s classic lace-up vamp and coated eyelets. Most definitely a must-have for any guy.
Onitsuka Tiger Ultimate 81
Widely considered one of the top technical running shoes of the ‘80s the Ultimate 81 by Onitsuka boasts a two-toned EVA midsole and flexible TPU heel for support. And seeing how comfort is paramount with any staple running shoe, the Ultimate 81s outsole provides runners with optimal traction and shock absorption thanks to Onitsuka’s innovative technology. It’s a practical and handsome sneaker no doubt.
Native Apollo Moc
Native builds shoes that are purposed to stand the tests of modern-day life. In short, they’re durable, comfortable, and smooth in design lending them to a 21st-century feel. The Apollo Moc, in this case, serves their brand well, complete with a Microfiber upper with perforations for heat release, an EVA outsole, and microfiber laces to round everything out. Oh, and they’re also vegan as well if that’s what you’re looking for these days .
New Balance 574 Classics
We’ve all heard of New Balance, that’s a certainty. So despite what you may assume about them we highly suggest you give these Classics a look. They’re comprised of leather and mesh for enhanced comfort on the track, host a synthetic sole, a padded collar and tongue, and an EVA/ENCAP heel cushion. Built for both the track and daily wear, their durable structure and comfortable wear definitely won’t steer you wrong.
Nike SB Blazer Low GT
Say what you will about Nike-built skateboard shoes, these SB Blazers are just plain cool. Featuring a striking design that improves upon the ‘70s basketball classic sneaker, Nike accomplishes this throwback with ease. They feature a vulcanized construction for support and low-profile impact protection. They’re flexible of course as well since they’re built for skating, and as a shoe inspired by skater Grant Taylor, they host a smooth design offering top-of-the-line functionality.
Brooks Chariot Heritage
Established in 1952, Brooks immediately began production of the Chariot running shoe which quickly became one of the more popular sneakers worn by runners throughout the 1980s. Now, this redone Heritage pays tribute to the timeless sneaker with almost identical qualities that were featured on the original. Features such as a medial wedge, a molded try-layer insole for enhanced cushioning, and a solid rubber outsole all enhance this tribute to the finest extent.
A handsome piece no doubt, the Alphabounce is a breathable running shoe that embraces contemporary technology and design in its construction. Among many features, the Alphabounce is comprised of a fused mesh upper with a textile lining for the same comfort you’d find in a sock, and Adidas’ BOUNCE midsole technology leaves wearers as if they’re the running on a cloud, ideal for long distance journeys.