Expand your sneaker collection with this offering of the latest styles, coolest colorways and limited-edition releases. From old-school classics like Converse low-tops, Vans slip-ons and Nike high-tops to high-end fashion sneakers by designers including Maison Margiela, Marc Jacobs, Balenciaga and Lanvin, there's sure to be a silhouette for you in this selection.
The Sneakers Buying Guide
From retro classics and innovative running shoes to designer sneakers that deliver a careful balance of sporty and sleek, there is a huge variety to choose from in this collection of sneakers. Whether you prefer low-tops or high-tops, or if you’re looking for the perfect slip-on, it can be increasingly difficult to settle on a style that’s right for you. Ahead, take a look at our men’s sneakers buying guide, which aims to help you decide on the best pieces to invest in and find your most comfortable size.
The Best Sneakers For Your Budget
Vans sneakers have been around since the 60s, and they have cemented their status as a casual wardrobe mainstay. The Californian brand’s classic, retro silhouettes are the ones everyone comes back to; from the Sk8-Hi, to the Old Skool, Era, Authentic and Slip-On.
Nike’s inimitable ‘Swoosh’ logo deserves a place in every line-up. Whether you opt for Nike’s Air Force 1, Air Max, Jordan, Pegasus or Presto, each pair will demonstrate the sportswear label’s athletic innovation and design flair.
Common Projects Sneakers
Known for its Italian quality and construction, Common Projects delivers a wide collection of sleek, clean-lined sneakers. The New York-based label’s cult-favorite Original Achilles sneakers are loved for their contemporary, pared-back design and premium finish.
For sneakers that redefine luxury, look no further than a pair from Gucci. Combining Italian craftsmanship with an attention to detail, expect the brand’s low-top sneakers to come with signature striped webbing. Our favorites include the popular Gucci Ace Sneakers, and Ace Bee design.
What To Look For When Buying Sneakers
Aside from the style and color, you’ll need to take into account your correct size and width, quality, comfort and the technical features of the shoe when shopping for sneakers.
Setting your budget will help you narrow down the huge variety of sneaker styles available.
Find sneakers that match the activity you plan on wearing them for. Everyday sneakers will be designed with a different sole and features to one that has been produced with running, basketball or tennis in mind. Running shoes typically have EVA outsoles for a lightweight feel, while fashion sneakers often come with rubber soles that are quite heavy and make it harder to build up speed as you exercise.
Finding your correct size is important. We wouldn’t recommend buying sneakers that are too tight and expecting them to stretch with wear. To work out your size, you can use an app to measure your foot size, or measure it manually. Simply mark the length of your foot from heel and toe on a piece of paper and then measure the length in CM. Use this measurement to find your corresponding men’s EU, UK or US sizing in the chart below.
|FOOT LENGTH (centimeters)||EU SIZE||UK SIZE||US SIZE|
How to Care For Your Sneakers
Your favorite sneakers are worth looking after; follow our sneaker preservation tips below.
Keeping your sneakers clean:
- Remove any dirt by knocking the soles of your sneakers together
- We never recommend putting your sneakers in the washing machine or the tumble dryer.
- Sneakers can be cleaned with a soft, damp cloth. More stubborn stains can be removed by spot cleaning with a specialist leather or suede cleaner.
- Keep the pristine look of your suede sneakers and prevent any watermarks with a suede protector spray. It will also create a water-repellent barrier for when you are next caught in the rain.
- Use a toothbrush to clean any suede or mesh panels, or hard-to-reach areas.
- To clean rubber outsoles, use a neutral degreaser and soft cloth. Take care not to get the cleaning product on the upper.
- For an easy way to freshen up your sneakers, simply replace your laces.
- Replace your laces to instantly lift the look of your sneakers. If you’d prefer to clean them instead of buying new ones, remove the laces and soak in washing detergent to lift dirt.
Storing your sneakers:
- We advise keeping your sneakers away from direct heat and sunlight to avoid causing discoloration to the uppers and sole. Store them in the dust bag or box provided when not in use.
- Some sneakers can mold to your foot over time and change shape. They can be filled with tissue paper when not in use to maintain the original shape.
- Know Your Sneaker Styles
Low-Top Sneakers: These sneakers are cut to sit just below the ankle, and can come in either a slip-on, lace-up or Velcro-strap style. Minimalist low-top sneakers are a casualwear essential and some of our favorites include the Common Projects Achilles, Adidas Stan Smith and Gucci Ace.
Mid-Top Sneakers: Ideal if you can’t choose between the two, this style sits between the low-top and high-top silhouette. Look to the Nike Blazer for one of the most iconic mid tops.
High-Top Sneakers: Finishing just above the ankle, high-tops typically feature a subtly padded cuff for comfort and a lace-up fastening at the front. Converse is credited for creating the first high-top sneaker, and its signature Chuck Taylor 70s has become one of the most iconic sneaker styles.
Slip-On Sneakers: Effortless to wear, these low-top sneakers simply slip on thanks to the elasticated panels at either side of the foot. Shop slip-on sneakers such as Vans’ OG Classic LX, Givenchy’s Urban Street, and Diemme’s Garda.
- Can a man buy women’s sneakers?
Sneakers tend to be gender-neutral, with styles and colors often unisex. However, men’s and women’s sneakers do have important size differences.
Sneakers that are designed for men are made on a different last to women’s sneakers. The last of a sneaker is created individually for each size and gender and represents the manufacturer’s idea of what the shape of a foot looks like. The shape will differ as women typically have a narrower heel than men, as well as a wider ball of the foot.
Men’s and women’s sneaker sizing has around a 1.5-size difference. For example, a men's size 6 roughly corresponds to a women's size 7.5.
Widths will remain the same and will not need to be converted. A women's D width is the same as a men's D width.
- What are the best men’s sneakers for running?
There is no single running shoe that is perfect for everyone, only what is the best fit for you. When it comes to what you should look for in a running sneaker, we advise knowing the terrain you plan to run on and narrowing down styles accordingly. Check how much they support they give, and look for a lightweight style to help up your speed.
Some of the best running shoes are designed by Nike, Saucony, New Balance, ASICS, adidas, Mizuno and HOKA ONE ONE.
- Where can I buy vegan sneakers?
There is an ever-increasing number of brands that are creating vegan-friendly sneakers, as well as labels that only produce vegan footwear. Veja’s iconic V-10 is available in a vegan version, and Balenciaga’s Track and Speed sneakers come in leather-free designs.
Other brands that manufacture vegan sneakers include Gola Classics, Hugo Boss, TOMS, Vans, Merrell and Superga.