25 Best Sneakers for Men 2019 – Sneaker Styles for Guys

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Finding the right pair of sneakers is no easy task, even for us editors here at Men’s Health. Honestly, the sneaker market is so oversaturated and rife with options that it can be a bit overwhelming to track down which one’s are the best for you.

It’s especially tough to be mindful of important things like quality and which shoes work for which occasions while you’re distracted by unique colorways and your favorite brand names. And as cool as it may be to have an extensive sneaker collection, it’s best to find your perfect, everyday pair.

Thankfully, the Men’s Health team has spent countless hours testing the wide variety of sneakers on the market so you don’t have to. These sneakers have passed the test of combining both fashion and function. Each one is worthy of becoming your go-to pair, from the all-time classics to the kicks that will help you run at lightning speed, and, of course, the hottest new releases. Check out the 25 best sneakers for men to score now.

Nike Air Max 90 QS Sneakers

“Proof that the ‘dad sneaker’ trend doesn’t have to be ugly, these retro kicks are my go-to to sport with workwear trousers and my distressed denim jeans. The gray, black, and white color combo gives the Air Max 90 QS a sleek look to wear with anything in your closet” – Adam Mansuroglu, Senior Style & Gear Editor

New Balance 997 Sport Sneaker

“This new casual classic is an update of one of New Balance’s best-looking lines. Along with the sleek look and bold colors, you’ll love the one-piece bootie for a snug, slip-on and tie fit.” – Brett Williams, Fitness Editor

Hoka One One Men’s Cavu 2 Sneakers

“Running shoes have historically forced me to choose between comfort and durability. But with the Hoka Cavu 2s, I get the best of both worlds. These sneakers are light and breathe nicely, but have managed to hold up after taking repeated beatings on both pavement and trails.” – Spencer Dukoff, Deputy Editor

Nike Air Jordan 1 Mid Sneakers

“The Air Jordan 1 is the OG sneakerhead pick for a reason. Depending on the colorway you get (choose wisely), these could be your signature kicks for years and make you look cool with just about any look. Wear them with a T-shirt and shorts? Sure. What about a suit jacket and jeans? That works, too. The original AJ1 is a classic—and that won’t be changing any time soon.” – Evan Romano, Associate Editor

Reebok Sole Fury TS Sneakers

“Reebok’s throwback sneaker straddles the line between lifestyle shoe and training shoe; eye-catching enough to wear for a night on the town, but supportive enough (and with enough midfoot lockdown) to fuel you through your workouts. A bonus: A budget price that means you can get two or three pairs for the price you might typically spend on one pair of cool sneakers.” – Ebenezer Samuel, Fitness Director

“It’s easy to see why every iteration of the Killshot sells out pretty much overnight: The retro-inspired workhorse is stylish enough to elevate a basic jeans-and-t-shirt look, but also understated enough to lend a suit some attitude. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more versatile and affordable sneaker to build your wardrobe around.” – Michael Darling, Executive Editor

adidas Originals Gazelle Sneaker

If you’re looking for a simple clean sneaker with a bit of a new kick to it, I’m loving these tonal black Adidas Gazelle sneakers in suede. The Suede with its natural texture makes them fresh for the season to wear with your winter flannel, chino or denim pants. This is. a sneaker you could also pull-off well with a winter wool suit, for a more sporty and relaxed suit look option.” -Ted Stafford, Fashion Director

Koio Tempo Bianco Sneakers

“Koio kicks it old school with their latest soccer-inspired release. The brand has developed a cult-like following for their handcrafted sneakers with high-quality construction and the new Tempo Bianco is no exception. Splurge on these smooth, soft leather sneakers to easily elevate your everyday style—you won’t regret it.”- Adam Mansuroglu, Senior Style & Gear Editor

Brooks Running Levitate 2 LE Sneakers


“High performance running company Brooks turned some heads when it dropped the chemically-engineered, super-bouncy DNA AMP midsole with the Levitate to take on the now-ubiquitous Adidas Boost. This fresh colorway of the second version of the flagship makes these sneakers just as flashy as they are comfortable, so you can transition from the running trail to casual wear without even having to change your kicks.” – Brett Williams, Fitness Editor

Nike Drop Type LX Sneakers

“I am really into these Nike Drop Type LX. They feel like the perfect pairing of a classic Court silhouette with deconstructed modern details on the tongue and rubber edging. The understated simple black color with a pop of pink at the heel puts a fresh twist on the iconic sneaker to sport now through the fall season.” – Jamie Prokell, Creative Director

Adidas Pulseboost HD Sneakers

“Adidas is bringing its celebrated Boost foam to tougher terrain with a newly-redesigned HD feel for extra stability. Own your urban run with the extra-grippy sole, or just give your outfit some extra street cred.” – Brett Williams, Fitness Editor

Under Armour HOVR Havoc II Sneakers

“Now, that’s a basketball shoe. UA’s HOVR Havoc II is as versatile as any basketball shoe on the market, whether you’re playing indoors on hardwood or hitting the blacktop. Excellent midfoot lockdown lets you change direction and move laterally easily, and the breathable mesh never makes your foot feel like it’s overheating. Plus, you get slight energy return from the HOVR Havoc II, something that’s great for leapers and anyone with a little bounce in their game.” – Ebenezer Samuel, Fitness Director

Nike Men’s Free RN 2018 Running Shoes

“I told the guy at the running store that I wanted “the least shoe-is running shoe.” That’s because I like one thing in a running shoe: minimalism. It has to come in all black (all black, not black with a little gold stripe on the heel) so I can wear it with anything, and it has to be almost impossibly lightweight. This shoe weighs in at a mere 8.55 ounces. I’m pretty sure I have socks heavier than that. The Free RN is an inconspicuous foot pillow that provides all the support you need—on the road or on the sidewalk.” -Ross McCammon, Special Projects Editor

Asics Gel-Quantum 360 5 Sneakers

“Can’t decide between a super technical running shoe or a casual stunner? Pick both. These kicks from Asics can perform on the road and look sharp paired with your best trouser and tee look.” – Brett Williams, Fitness Editor

Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit Sneakers

“Thanks to the carbon-fiber midsole plate, these light-weight running shoes propel you forward. The woven upper is snug without being restrictive.” -Ben Court, Executive Editor

Allbirds Wool Runner Sneakers


“Putting on a pair of Allbirds literally feels like a cloud giving your feet a gentle snuggle. I love the Wool Runners in particular because they’re multi-purpose: dressy enough for the office, hip enough for the weekends, and cozy enough for just hanging out. And even though they’re made of merino wool, they’re super breathable and easy to wash in your washing machine.” – Spencer Dukoff, Deputy Editor

Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 Sneakers

“Similar to the Adidas Samba, the Mexico 66 is a trainer that transcends decades of style. This particular colorway made their debut in pre-Olympic trials before the Mexico Olympic Games in 1968 making them suitable for any champion. With the dynamic Tiger Stripes running through the sides of these sneakers, this style races into icon status. With this legacy, this sneaker embodies all winners—past & present.” – Alfonso Fernandez Navas, Fashion Assistant at Men’s Health

“This simple black sneaker silhouette with a gum-colored sole gives you just enough personality to not feel like you’re following the herd, while still maintaining a classic look that appeals to any guy. They deliver the ultimate all-day comfort, thanks to a soft leather upper and a supportive footbed.” – Jamie Prokell, Creative Director

Adidas Ultraboost 19 Sneakers

“After wearing them in three consecutive marathons, I now preach the gospel of the Adidas Boost to all who will listen. Everything runners have always loved about the Boosts—the stretchy knit upper, the bouncy, responsive cushioning—is still true of the Ultraboost 19’s, only better, lighter, and sexier. When the next race inevitably comes along, I’ll reach for them again.” Michael Darling, Executive Editor

Vans x Harry Potter Sneakers

“When you talk about Harry Potter-themed apparel, I’m prepared for it to be corny as hell. But somehow the Boy Who Lived’s collaboration with Vans produced some pretty killer statement sneakers, with just enough cues to subtly display your fandom without making you feel like you’re wearing a Halloween costume.” – Spencer Dukoff, Deputy Editor

Saucony Guide ISO 2 Sneakers


“Saucony shoes are loved by Olympians and marathoners to dog joggers and 5K-ers alike. These sneakers are so ridiculously comfortable I wear them almost any chance I get, whether I’m running a quick errand or going on a morning run. They’re easy to slip on and out, and the laces never feel like they’re constricting your foot.” – Mario Abad, Freelance Style & Grooming Writer

Lane Eight Trainer AD 1 Sneakers

“Sick of changing up your shoes from activity to activity? Just rock this multipurpose trainer from Lane-Eight from the gym to the street and back again. The sharp-looking sneakers have a sock-like knit upper to go with stable TPU sidewalls for a comfortable lockdown fit.” -Brett Williams, Fitness Editor

Converse Jack Purcell CP Canvas Low-Top Sneaker

“They’re like a meatier, more austere version of a low-top Converse All-Star that lends itself to every day, everywhere dressing.” -Matt Goulet, Senior Associate Editor

New Balance Men’s MT10V1 Minimus Trail Running Sneaker

“They’re not the sexiest pair of sockless kicks, but when you’re running through mud and woods and rain, all while panting and wanting to die, they feel pretty damn comfy.” -Joshua St. Clair, Editorial Assistant

Air Jordan XXXIII Basketball Sneaker

The best on-court Air Jordans yet (and I don’t say that lightly because I loved the AJ XXXs that much) deliver terrific forefoot lockdown, despite the laceless tech. The no-lace system also manages to deliver fantastic support; I have yet to sprain an ankle playing in the XXXIIIs. And when game time’s over, these are the easiest basketball sneakers to take off, bar none.” -Ebenezer Samuel, Fitness Director


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