7 Best Breathable Sneakers, 100+ Shoes Tested in 2022

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7 Best Breathable Sneakers, 100+ Shoes Tested in 2022

If you’re looking for a new pair for the summer season, it’s important to have breathable sneakers in the closet when the temperature rises. Aside from keeping your toes cool and comfortable, a reliable pair of shoes will protect your feet and ankles from the impact of walking on concrete paths or standing for long hours.

No matter if you're attending a formal gathering, or going out with friends on a weekend getaway, there’s a perfect pair of breathable shoes for your feet. Shoe manufacturers like Nike, Adidas, Vans, and Puma are constantly innovating their designs using various materials to produce more comfortable sneakers that suit everyone’s lifestyles.

With tons of options out there, getting into your summer sneaker hunt can be time-consuming. We can help you with that. Below are our top picks in various categories based on hours of meticulous testing of over 1000 breathable sneakers across different brands.

How we test sneakers

Carefully wear testing one shoe at a time, our team of sneakerheads put in the hours of research and performance tests. We also examine each model to its essential parts inside our independent RunRepeat shoe testing lab. As you can see, we want to be comprehensive in our approach which includes:

  • Buying breathable sneakers for testing using our own money. This eliminates any taint of bias in all of our reviews.
  • Thoroughly wear-testing each model, which involves not just a quick on-foot try but engaging in a variety of activities like a short walk to the grocery store, going on a date, or other similar activities.
  • Take every sneaker for days of wear and tear use before giving our assessment on its fit, comfort, durability, etc…
  • Taking into account the feedback from other shoe experts and reviews from regular consumers.

In the end, a final score is assigned on all breathable sneakers. Using our CoreScore system, you can immediately see which shoes are top performers by looking at their ratings, ranging from 0-100.

Best breathable sneakers overall

Adidas Stan Smith
Adidas Stan Smith

CoreScore

93
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 342,746 users

Pros

  • Classic silhouette
  • Numerous colorways and collaborations
  • Easy to style
  • Durable
  • Weatherproof

Cons

  • Runs large
  • Lack of support
  • Takes some time to wear in

Verdict

The Adidas Stan Smith is a legendary sneaker with a claim to fame as the original white tennis shoe for the masses. Culture has respected that for the last 50 years the Stan Smith is still as relevant today as it was when the man was winning trophies. It's fair to say that with its robust design and sleek looks, it's probably going to last another 50.
Adidas Stan Smith full review

Best Nike breathable sneakers

Nike Tanjun
Nike Tanjun

CoreScore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 402,942 users

Pros

  • Secure fit
  • Nice in-shoe feel
  • Like running on the clouds
  • Breathable
  • Durable
  • Matches many outfits

Cons

  • Tight toebox
  • Weird sole
  • Break-in period

Verdict

The Nike Tanjun is comfortable, lightweight, breathable, extremely durable, and has a price that fits! Buy them. You won’t regret it!
Nike Tanjun full review

Best Adidas breathable sneakers

Adidas Busenitz
Adidas Busenitz

CoreScore

91
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 6,086 users

Pros

  • Incredibly durable
  • Fits true to size
  • Grippy as anything
  • Technical shoe for responsive skating
  • Surprisingly weatherproof
  • Classic silhouette
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Takes a long time to break it
  • Narrow in the toe box
  • The big tongue isn't for everyone
  • Not very breathable

Verdict

The Adidas Busentiz has been around for a while. It stands on its own against modern skate shoes because of its durability and versatility. More than anything it's a really clean-looking sneaker that works just as well on a night out as it does in a skatepark. It helps that the shoe is easy to clean, sturdy, and has loads of cushioning to keep you comfy and supported.
Adidas Busenitz full review

Best Puma breathable sneakers

Puma Cali Wedge
Puma Cali Wedge

Out of stock in all 55 shops

Puma breathable sneakers  

CoreScore

94
Superb!
4.7 / 5 from 2,754 users

Pros

  • Exceptionally cozy
  • Fashionable
  • 10/10 craftsmanship
  • Height booster
  • Totally budget-friendly
  • Easy to clean
  • Breathable

Cons

  • Narrow forefoot
  • Lacks flexibility

Verdict

Puma reworked its Puma Cali silhouette with a taller and chunkier sole. The Puma Cali Wedge features all its forerunner's details but with added extra inches on the heel for a wedge look. This update is a showcase of chicness without giving up comfort and affordability. This kick is a highly recommended pair for sneaker fans who like to take their style to new heights.
Puma Cali Wedge full review

Best retro breathable sneakers

Vans Old Skool Pro
Vans Old Skool Pro

CoreScore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 5,783 users

Pros

  • Fits true to size
  • Super durable skate shoe
  • Extra comfortable inner sole
  • Flexible
  • Relatively breathable
  • Many colorways to choose from
  • Still the same Vans we love
  • Easy to clean
  • Weatherproof

Cons

  • Can be hard to put on
  • Parts of it still susceptible to stains

Verdict

The Vans Old Skool Pro is an update on their legendary original skate shoe. While other companies are going higher and higher-tech, Vans continues to pump out classics, just improving on what came before. We love the fact that you can pick up a pair of these skate sneakers and wear the same silhouette that's been around for decades. At the same time, you have improved comfort, durability, and weatherproofing!
Vans Old Skool Pro full review

Best value breathable sneakers

Vans Old Skool
Vans Old Skool

CoreScore

93
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 158,355 users

Pros

  • A classic silhouette deserving of any wardrobe
  • Easy to wear in
  • Super comfortable
  • Fits true to size
  • Incredibly breathable thanks to the all-canvas upper
  • Clean aesthetics
  • Very durable outsole
  • Brakes well on the board

Cons

  • Not very durable in comparison to other modern skate shoes
  • Collect stains easily

Verdict

Vans Old Skools have soared from subculture staple to mainstream fame repeatedly over the years. It’s easy to see why. With a classic, versatile silhouette, brand recognition, and a comfortable, breathable upper, who could resist having a pair in their wardrobe? While the canvas/rubber construction might not be the most durable and can collect stains easily, the Vans Old Skool still looks amazing when beaten and worn.
Vans Old Skool full review
Author
Sheena
Sheena

Sheena is a wordsmith turned sneaker addict. Her sneaker fixation intensified as her passion for writing grew. A hands-on mom of two sweet yet spunky kids (plus three dogs and two cats), she finds solitude in leafing through shoe catalogs to find the next "it" sneaker. Scrutinizing hugely popular and underrated kicks is her favorite pastime.