Apart from red and yellow, orange sneakers steal the show with their vibrant vibe. And picking the best can be exhausting if you’re presented with hundreds of options. So we came up with a solution by sifting all the best orange kicks based on different categories.
We sieve the highly recommended orange sneaks from brands that offer them in truckloads like Nike and Adidas. Then extract the best among low-tops and inexpensive choices. We wear-test them to get a firsthand feel and assessment based on comfort, fit, cushioning, support, and traction.
We buy all the shoes and take them to a wear test to see how they fare in comfort, support, cushioning, fit, and grip.
In addition, our dedicated sneaker geeks scrape over 10,000 reviews and squeeze out all the pros and cons for each sneaker. Every reviewed kick is ranked side by side among the rest and scaled from 0-100 via our Corescore system.
Based on our physical test, aggregated user reviews, and our auto-generated scaling system, the superior ones end up on the list below.
The Vans Sk8-Hi is the original subculture sneaker. Built as a super-padded skate shoe it was soon adopted by the punk rock scene for its large space on which to customize. Today it's not just a piece of history but a versatile and easy-going silhouette that works with almost any outfit. Not only that but it's strong enough to last years of use and abuse.
The Air Max 90 is a sneaker with a backstory. Everyone has seen it and most love it. If you grew up between 1990 and 2010 you probably wanted a pair. Each pair feels ready to last another 30 years, with breathability to boot. Regardless, Nike renews these year after year offering more and more options to whet any appetite.
Based on the classic 1998 Ozweego 3, this new silhouette is streamlined but retains the innovative tech and loud aesthetic for which the Ozweegos are known. Though intensely retro, the Ozweego looks futuristic with its prominent heel wedge (reminiscent of the Yeezys) and translucent supportive piping. Labeled under Adidas Originals, the Ozweego is appreciatively affordable.
The Puma Future Rider is a modern take on an iconic Puma Fast Rider. With the right outfit on, the shoe can look high-end with its groovy details and colors. Also, because of its comfortability, the shoe is not just ideal for running but also perfect to wear for an all-day errand. Anyone can pull off a retro look by copping a pair with its budget-friendly price.
Adidas Forum Low resurrects the original hardwood silhouette from the '80s bursting with anything and everything retro. The velcro strap, a trademark of the Adidas Forum kicks, keeps the foot comfortably tucked in. It's prepped to help you tackle big tasks throughout the day while keeping you comfy on lazy hours.
The Vans Era is a part of skate and sneaker history. The first shoe to be specifically designed for skating, it features a padded collar for ankle support. The silhouette is an instant classic that pairs well with tons of outfits, the Vans Era will work well either clean or roughed up around the edges. It's been around for decades and will probably stand the test of time for more to come.
Air Max 270 is a sleek, sporty, lightweight lifestyle shoe. With a huge 32mm heel height it's definitely a head-turner. Ultimately, this is a durable shoe that fits in perfectly with the times and at a fair price.
If Sneakerology exists, Judith’s close to earning her Ph.D. She owns not stacks of kicks, but hundreds of published sneaker content online, headlining grails, greats, GRs from over 30 global brands.
She’s a natural creative wordsmith, a hype monster at times, who writes and edits lifestyle articles professionally for over two decades now. If you're lost in a sea of popular or undervalued sneaks fishing for that best catch, she’ll gladly help out between sips of coffee or lemony mojito.