7 Best Sneakers, 100+ Shoes Tested in 2022

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7 Best Sneakers, 100+ Shoes Tested in 2022

Finding the best sneaker that would fit your style and budget can be downright grueling considering the thousands of choices. But don’t worry. We have reviewed over 100 stylish sneakers to narrow down your options.

Whether you’re looking for an iconic silhouette, a sleek tennis sneaker, or a chunky dad shoe, we’ve got our top picks in five different categories to let you choose.

And if you’d like to know how to be smart about mixing comfort and style in your next sneaker, scroll down to the guide below.

How we test sneakers

Since we value what the users say, we pick the top 10 best sneakers based on the reviews collected from the users themselves (minus spam). Using a scoring system called the CoreScore, we’ve also calculated and rated each shoe from 1-100.

Best sneakers overall

Vans Old Skool
Vans Old Skool

CoreScore

93
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 158,433 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

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.
Vans Old Skool full review

Best classic/icon sneakers

Air Jordan 1 Mid
Air Jordan 1 Mid

CoreScore

93
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 20,462 users

Pros

  • All-day comfort
  • Cushy sole
  • Hip and cool style
  • Adaptable flair
  • Wide selection of colorways
  • Long-lasting
  • Low-maintenance
  • Budget-friendly

Cons

  • Run-of-the-mill leather
  • Creases easily

Verdict

The Air Jordan 1 Mid is a tried-and-true kick-ass not only in style, but also in function. Choosing this as our top sneaker is one of the easiest decisions we’ve made. 

But before anything, its looks are to die for! It’s classy, hip, and clean, it sure goes with everything and anything. And if you want to turn some heads, this sneaker is a certified stunner.  

Even better, it also screams comfort. It just gives the feet all-day pampering. We swear we don’t want to take it off. 

Because it’s a hybrid between the High and Low versions, it delivers what both provide. This classic kick is not only king in the arena of comfort. It’s also supreme in giving the ankles support and mobility. Not once have we felt any rollover sensation, nor has it constricted our motions. 

Even better, this kick is made to last. And to that, we can attest. After some serious pounding on the pavement, miles of walk, and just overall a series of wear testing, the Air Jordan 1 Mid has stunned us. 

The midsole is not bottoming out, the upper looks pristine, and the outsole is almost unscratched. Ultimately, it’s a sneaker that’s a bang for the buck, and it sure has major style going on.

Air Jordan 1 Mid full review

Best tennis sneakers

Adidas Stan Smith
Adidas Stan Smith

CoreScore

93
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 342,730 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 hype around the Adidas Stan Smith is just insane, we had to see for ourselves why. And some miles later, here we are bowing down to this beauty. 

It’s got a crazy following, and we now understand why. Apart from its very affordable price, it’s almost the exact same copy of the original shoe that was released in the ‘70s. Having it on our feet feels like a look back in history. 

And like a tennis shoe, it’s extremely light. There’s really NONE of that dragging sensation. We even completely forgot we had something on.

Stepping things up, this sneaker is a solid 10/10 in the comfort department. The midsole is plush, and the upper is breathable - it doesn’t get better than this! 

It's a rockstar in keeping the feet nice and cozy, our feet have never felt tired in it. 

When it comes to style, the shoe’s already good-looking as it is. But what really got us fired up is the variation in colorways. There’s just so much to choose from, it’s hard not to love the Stan Smith. 

And when it comes to cleaning? Piece of cake! We assure you, this won’t give you a headache. 

Overall, the Stan Smith is a blend of retro and classy. It’s a do-it-all that will find its way into your closet, regardless of your style.

Adidas Stan Smith full review

Best dad sneakers

Nike Air Monarch IV
Nike Air Monarch IV

CoreScore

90
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 127,339 users

Pros

  • Comfy
  • Versatile support
  • Reasonably priced
  • Consistent sizing
  • Stylish
  • Springy
  • Breathable

Cons

  • Squeaks
  • Frail outsole

Verdict

The Nike Air Monarch IV is not only a showstopper in the fashion scene, it’s also a star in the performance department. And we couldn’t disagree. 

This sneaker has truly stolen our hearts, and it sure has caught the attention of some lookers too. But there’s more than what meets the eye, of course. 

Apart from its obvious modus operandi on grabbing attention, it also keeps the feet nice and cushy. It’s hard to move on from its bounce and plushness, really. We can wear it for extended periods without complaints. 

We don’t just use this dad shoe to sport a bold ensemble, we also put it on to really up our gym sessions. Yes, this shoe is as versatile as it can get. 

Whether it’s running, jogging, or walking, this sneaker swallows everything we throw at it. 

And it’s truly heaven-sent for us with wide feet as it comes in a variety of width options. And the best thing about it is that it’s true to size. Zero issues with slips or excessive in-shoe movements. It’s nice and snug, it keeps the feet locked in place. 

At such a budget-friendly price, it’s a no-brainer that the Nike Monarch 4 wins at giving the best value for money. It does so many things for so little price. 

Nike Air Monarch IV full review

Best high-top sneakers

Vans SK8-Hi
Vans SK8-Hi

CoreScore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 54,880 users

Pros

  • Classic silhouette that works with any wardrobe
  • Fits true to size
  • Breathable
  • Durable
  • Comfortable when broken in
  • Padded collar for ankle support
  • An easy silhouette even for a hi-top

Cons

  • Takes time to put on
  • Can take time to wear in
  • Not good in wet weather

Verdict

The Vans Sk8-Hi is a vintage we’d want to put on during cold seasons. Even more, it gives the feet all the support they could dream of. 

Of course, it’s an automatic no-no during warm temperatures. So, we’ve sported and tested it in rather cold conditions, and this high-top sneaker has been nothing short of stellar. It’s warm and cozy, it’s home for the feet.

The quality of the materials it uses - a mix of canvas and suede - is first-rate. They’re not only comfortable, they’re also very sturdy, and we are confident that they will last a long time. 

We’ve slipped into tens and hundreds of sneakers, but this is among the most lightweight shoes we’ve ever put on. No cap, it’s airy and it doesn’t load up on the feet.

And even though it’s a lifestyle shoe, its grip impressed us so much, we can’t look past it! On both dry and wet surfaces, it bites into the ground, keeping our steps surefooted and stable. 

And of course, it won't be part of this list without its sheer focus on style. And on this matter, it's a hats off to Vans. 

It doesn’t only appeal to a certain group of fashionistas, but it certainly covers different sneaker fans with different styles. 

From skaters looking for a budget-friendly option to someone who’s searching for a casual-wear kick that’s going to keep the feet warm, or even those who are after classic-looking high-tops, the Van Sk8-Hi is a surefire killer. 

Vans SK8-Hi full review

Best value sneakers

Vans Slip-On
Vans Slip-On

CoreScore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 187,484 users

Pros

  • Extremely comfortable
  • Easy on and off
  • Timeless style
  • Clean and versatile
  • Durable
  • Compliment magnet
  • Time-tested quality
  • Pocket-friendly range

Cons

  • Poor ventilation
  • Stiff at first

Verdict

It’s affordable, and it’s everything we can ask for. The Vans Slip-On is the epitome of versatility. 

First off, it’s nuts when it comes to comfort. It’s got a well-padded midsole that has kept our feet feeling fresh and strain-free, even after long hours of standing and walking. It doesn’t even require a break-in period. 

And it’s THE easiest sneaker to put on and off. No effort is needed, you can just slip your feet in and out with no sweat. 

Like we said, this Vans shoe is a verified do-it-all. It’s so simple yet so classy and stylish, it can go with anything. 

Throw in a pair of hoodie and jeans, and this shoe can do the trick. And if you want a vintage-inspired ensemble, put on a pair of chinos and band tees, and you’re good to go. 

You can even go for a dapper or a smart-casual look in this bad boy. No cap, even with its laidback design, it’s a piece that’s going to make your outfit a standout. 

And the good news is that it comes in a variety of colorways too. 

For its price, we are awestruck by its durability. After numerous wear tests, it’s still not breaking down. 

Truly, it’s a great-value sneaker that’s got the makings of the more expensive shoes on the market. And if you want one shoe for everything, the Vans Slip-On can fit the bill. 

Vans Slip-On full review

Choose sneakers based on your style

Unless you have wads of cash to splurge on a new set of wardrobe, then buying a shoe style that matches your current collection of clothes is more practical. 

Whatever your reasons are for getting a new pair of sneakers, remember to be confident with who you are and what you like. The best sneakers for you would basically reflect YOU and your style. 

Low-top, mid-top, or high-top?

When it comes to sneaker styles, there is a chock-full of options available. But before you go through each one, you’ll have to pick between these three basic styles or cuts.

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Sneaker trends and styles come and go but there are a couple that has lasted through the ages. One sneaker model can also radiate a variety of styles. Here are the most common and popular styles you’ll find in the market.

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See our collection of classics and retros, chunky and dad shoes, minimalist sneakers, dressy shoes, sporty silhouettes, wedges and platforms, and trail-ready sneakerboots

Get a sneaker for your lifestyle

It’s always a great idea (especially for people on the go) to get an all-rounder kick - a shoe that can be worn from work to play. The good thing is that sneakers have an athletic DNA.

Many of the most in-demand men’s or women’s sneakers took roots from athletic shoes. So, whatever activity you’re into, there’s a sporty sneaker that’s capable of meeting at least the minimum requirements of the task.

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See our selection of skate shoes and running-, hiking-, basketball-, football-, training-inspired kicks.

Materials matter

Are you looking for a shoe that’s breathable, plush, or durable? Consider the materials that make up the model and you’ll find what you’re searching for.

 

Common Materials Used

Key Benefits

Could-be-betters

Upper

Leather (Full-grain, Suede, Nubuck)

+ Durable

+ Stable and supportive

+ Comfortable overtime (a customized fit is achieved as it molds to the shape of the foot)

+ Abrasion-resistant

+ Easier to clean

- Longer break-in time

- Heavier on the feet

- Less breathable

Textile (Knit, Canvas, Mesh)

+ Breathable

+ Lightweight

+ Cheaper

+ Feels soft on the get-go

- Less durable

- Limited support and stability

- Tends to absorb water

Midsole

EVA

+ Provides mild impact absorption

+ Flexible

+ Lightweight

- Less supportive

- Compresses over time

PU

+ Hardwearing

+ Supportive

- Longer break-in period

- Heavier

The best sneakers are always comfy

Try to forget about sneaker hypes. Popularity does not equate to comfort. And, when it comes to the best sneakers - comfort trumps everything. If it’s not comfortable, you could end up becoming a fashion victim with a pricey sneaker accumulating dust in the shoe rack.

It’s no secret that you need to find a shoe that fits right to achieve comfort. Just follow these 6 simple steps and you’re good to go.

Mind your budget 

True, budget isn’t a problem for the filthy rich. If you can buy designer sneakers without second-guessing, then go ahead. But, for average Joes and Janes, a shoe’s price tag is at the heart of their sneaker-buying decision.

Thankfully, there are reputable brands that sell sneakers for cheap. This includes Vans, Keds, and Converse. Even globally known brands like Adidas provide affordable options. Adidas’ NEO collection is a lineup worth checking out for their cheap yet quality kicks.

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.