So, Which are the Best Sneakers of 2020? We’re less than half a year into the absolute shitshow that is 2020, and it already feels like a lifetime. Simply, because there are all sorts of COVID-19 pandemic lockdown that are looming economic uncertainty.
It can get a little taxing, to say the least. But cheer up bucko! If there’s any small consolation to be had in our current situation it’s that the Sneaker Industrial Complex carries on mostly undeterred, chugging merrily along.
In reality, releasing all sorts of heat we’re now forced to flex within the confines of our homes (and, you all know, for all our loyal followers). And if that ain’t reason enough to persist, I’m not sure what is.
From retro re-releases to futuristic models to new riffs on not-entirely-new silhouettes—and everything else in between—there’s more than ever to help you stay enthused about the state of sneakers today. So stay positive, at least when it comes to the coolest sneakers of the year. Here’s what’s catching our eye so far.
Which are the Best Sneakers of 2020?
Firstly, from Gucci to Tom Ford and Balenciaga, there are some of the best sneakers of 2020 you can get out there to compliment your look. Not to mention, these luxury shoes have become an essential element of every man’s casual wardrobe.
Indeed, designer sneakers are now perfectly acceptable to wear from the gym to the office. And you can comfortably wear them with a pair of jeans for an elegantly casual look. Or even dress them up with a suit for a business casual style.
Secondly, sneakers offer a level of style, versatility, and comfort that other shoes just can’t match. With luxury sneakers, you’re getting premium fabrics and materials from high-end designers and luxury brands.
Of course, they are expensive, yes. But you’re receiving a level of attention to details and craftsmanship that mass-market brands can’t deliver. And it doesn’t mean that you have to pay a fortune for your designer shoes, however.
Traditional sports and athletic wear brands have branched out to design classic streetwear shoes that can also look elegant. And for each luxury sneaker listed below, our team of stylists hand-picked a budget-friendly high-quality alternative. From brands such as Adidas, Nike, and Converse.
1. Capri Castagna — $278
Absolutely, I love the Capri Castagna by Koio as my every day sneakers. These simple yet elegant brown leather sneakers are perfect to match with jeans when dressing casually. Not forgetting, Koio is a fast-growing online sneaker brand created by two passionate sneakerheads. They design their shoes in the USA and produce them in Italy.
So, slip into a pair of your own brown leather sneakers for men. Hand-brushed vegetable-tan vachetta leather. Yes, it’s as artisanal and premium as it sounds. The Capri Castagna’s materials alone tell a story of authentic Italian craftsmanship, of the wearer who has chosen it.
In true Capri form, this pair too goes everywhere. Versatile and chic, our men’s brown leather sneakers are a loyal companion to all your gatherings. You can Shop Online for $278.
2. Lanvin suede and patent-leather — $265.84
Obviously, if you’re after a nice pair of sneakers to dress up for a business casual look, or even a black-tie party, check this pair of black Lanvin cap-toe in suede and patent-leather. It’s the best sneakers to wear in the office or match with a suit.
Crafted from high-quality fabrics, sneakers have now transcended the track and landed on the runway. Lanvin’s covetable version is rendered in soft suede with glossy patent toecaps and matte-leather trims. Flex your sartorial muscle and wear this pair to a party or a creative office.
You can get the Cap-Toe Suede and Patent-Leather Sneakers Here for $278.
3. Air Jordan 5 ‘Fire Red’ — $200
Diehard Jordan enthusiasts will forever fight over what model deserves the most love. But the recent release of the Air Jordan 5 ‘Fire Red’ just goes to show how much the 5 still slaps after all these years. Jordan remastered a 1990s masterpiece with the release of the Jordan 5 Retro Fire Red Silver Tongue (2020), now available on Stock for $200.
This is the fourth iteration of the original Fire Red colorway. And this Jordan 5 consists of a white leather upper with netted underlays and Fire Red detailing. A silver 3M reflective tongue with a red Jumpman logo, black, and Fire Red midsole, and an icy translucent outsole completes the design. These sneakers were first released in March of 2020.
4. Oliver Cabell Low 1 Frost — $177 to $205
Oliver Cabell Low 1 Frost is making a name for itself, delivering consistently high-quality premium sneakers with simple minimalist design.
This sublime pair of Low 1 is discrete and minimalist yet very stylish. The brand handcrafts all their shoes using ethical factories and materials. You can Shop Online Now.
5. Air Jordan 1 Retro High ‘Royal Toe’— $175
It seems fitting that the first Jordan (but certainly not the last!) on this list is the style that started it all, in a colorway that pays direct homage to the OG Royale, no less.
In a nod to the OG Black Royal colorway, this AJ1 White Royal presents a brighter take on the classic. White leather on the side panel backs up a black Swoosh for instant recognition. And the timeless wings logo in white jumps off the upper in reverence to the GOAT. Learn more about Jordan or Get it online for $175.
6. Reebok Pump Court — $160
Pumps are a classic for a reason. The latest interpretation takes its cues from the 1995 prototypes and does everything up in a super-clean colorway, resulting in a sneaker that looks more relevant than ever.
Icons made new again, these Pump Court shoes take their design inspiration from Steven Smith’s prototypes made in 1995. A fierce, futuristic look defines their aesthetic. They pump up with air and have a TPU strap for a locked-in, customized feel. The upper mixes materials for texture and depth.
Read and learn how to get Reebok Pump Court Sneakers online.
7. Adidas x 424 Shell-Toe — $160 to $129
Guillermo Andrade, the creative force behind L.A. streetwear brand Adidas x 424 Shell-Toe Shoes, reworks a classic. The Adidas Superstar shoe is not only a time-honored icon but also Andrade’s favorite.
In this updated version, elements from the ’70s and ’80-era shell toes collide with striking new details to create shoes that lead us forward while honoring the past.
L.A.-based 424’s recent collaboration with the Three Stripes reimagined what the brand’s soccer staples would look like off the pitch. Sneaking in (heh) a little basketball inspiration with one of the best updates to the iconic Superstar silhouette we’ve seen in a minute.
8. Adidas Consortium FYW XTA — $149
In an ironic twist of fate, one of the best sneaker/hiker hybrids in a while debuted a few months. Particularly into the midst of a global pandemic that has everyone hunkering down at home. If you happen to have access to a trail nearby, these are the shoes to wear while tackling them.
The Adidas Consortium FYW XTA features a mesh and synthetic upper, paired with a beefy rubber midsole and ultra-grippy outsole. The sneaker also has tongue and heel pulls too. And it comes with rope laces that weave in and out of brightly-colored, branded eye stays. See more details here.
9. Nike Air Max 270 — $149.99
The Nike Air Max 270 is quite simply the most popular and one of the best sneakers of 2020 for men. This low-top pair comes in a range of colors, shown here in simple black and white faux-suede. Nike’s signature lightweight React rubber sole makes it also one of the most comfortable sneakers to wear all day long.
This iconic Air Max silhouette is constantly evolving while maintaining its heritage. This Air Max 270 silhouette features mesh upper, sitting atop the biggest air sole ever. Finished with mini swooshes. In a black colorway with white accents.
The upper material is synthetic, the lining is textile and the sole is rubber. No wonder the Nike Air Max 270 are the single best-rated sneakers online. That said, make your Online Orders.
10. Adidas Originals Superstar — $81.08
Another excellent casual sneaker option to wear daily are these classic Adidas Originals Superstar in black suede. An edgy, expressive reissue of the beloved shell-toe sneaker. These women’s Adidas superstar shoes keep the authentic style alive with a smooth leather upper trimmed with metallic heel patch, 3-Stripes, and foil print details.
When pro basketball players first laced up the Adidas Superstar way back in 1969, nobody knew how famous the shell toe would become. Nearly half a century later, the iconic low top hasn’t lost a step. With a smooth leather upper on a sturdy rubber cupsole, these women’s shoes are true to the authentic design.
Other Tangible Mentions Include;
|11||Golden Goose Superstar||Most stylish|
|12||Celine Triomphe Gold||Most extravagant|
|13||Adidas UltraBoost 20||Most comfortable|
|14||Adidas Yeezy Boost||Most sought-after|
|15||Balmain B-Court||Best black and white|
|16||Koio Gavia Bianco||Best white|
|17||Balenciaga Black Speed||Best all black|
|18||Koio Tempo Bianco||Best tennis|
|20||Nike Air Force 1 GTX||Most durable|
|21||Nike Air Jordan||Best high-top|
|22||Nike x Supreme||Best collaboration|
|23||Gucci Screener||Best vintage|
|24||Nike Zoom Vaporfly||Best runners|
|25||Tom Ford Warwick||Most versatile|
|26||Salomon XT-6||Best for long walks|
|27||Balenciaga Track 2||Best Dad Sneakers|
|28||Nike Killshot 2||Best value|
|29||Nike GTS ‘16 TXT||Best under $100|
|30||Vans Low Top||Best under $50|
|31||Maison Margiela Fusion||Most expensive|
What do you think about our Best Sneakers of 2020 listed above? Please, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.
Every sneaker featured on our list can become your go-to shoes for most days of the week. Men’s premium casual shoes are versatile, stylish, and functional. We think it’s money well spent.