At some point in every sneakerhead's life comes the time to retire their wacky Jordan colorways and transition to more age-appropriate sneakers. And while we're not hating on over-the-top designs, classic styles that focus more on a high spec or versatile design should form the basis of any grown-up sneaker rotation.
From the dad-core to the simple and sleek, below we've rounded up some of the best sneakers to form the makings of a more mature sneaker collection. Focusing less on the limited drops, and more on timeless styles in versatile colorways, our selection features brands from Nike and New Balance to Maison Margiela and Prada.
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Nike ACG Dog Mountain
Boasting lightweight foam midsole cushioning and a supportive construction for all-day comfort, Nike's ACG Dog Mountains are the perfect everyday sneaker. With small pops of bright color, the upper remains low-key and versatile for fall.
HOKA One One Grey Stinson ATR 4
These sneakers from HOKA One One are perfect for Sunday strolls or hiking trips with the family, thanks to their Podular sole made specifically for uneven terrains. On top of that, the molded Ortholite footbed makes these sneakers extremely supportive, too.
New Balance 990v4 Made in US
You can't really go wrong with this shoe. The latest in New Balance's made-in-USA series, the 990v4 is the 990 revisited, with the same great performance and iconic style that debuted 30 years ago. Both comfortable and tooled for performance, these sneakers offer a timeless look.
Salomon x The Broken Arm XT-4
Known for its high-quality hiking shoes, Salomon linked up with The Broken Arm on these XT-4 sneakers. Not only does this shoe boast serious specs — with wet traction Contragrip and 3D advanced chassis among their features — but the colorful design also makes them great statement kicks.
Salomon Black S/Lab XT-6 Softground ADV LTD
If the collab above is a tad too much color for your liking, these Salomon sneakers should do the trick. These low-tops come in a sleek, all-black colorway, making them perfect not only for outdoor activities, but also everyday and smarter occasions.
Nike x COMME des GARÇONS HOMME PLUS Air Mowabb
A mature sneaker rotation doesn't have to omit high-tops altogether. Nike's collab with COMME des GARÇONS HOMME PLUS boast a futuristic and unconventional design, using suede and neoprene for complete versatility.
Maison Margiela Replica
Classic with a statement, Margiela's Replica is a super slick silhouette for the mature sneakerhead, and this iteration gets its flair from paint-splattered detailing that transcends both its upper and gum sole.
Common Projects Achilles
The ultimate mature sneaker brand, Common Projects are the Made in Italy shoe everyone transitioning out of Jordans-only rotations has in their arsenal. These ones come in a high-quality black suede and are a spin on Common Projects original Achilles. Founders of the brand, Messrs Peter Poopat and Flavio Girolami, bonded over their shared love for Air Jordan's and Chuck Taylors, so you know you're in good hands.
Prada America's Cup
Last but not least, the iconic America's Cup. Prada originally partnered with saiing tournament America's Cup to create this pair of iconic kicks. These were probably the only sneakers you could wear at school, work, a wedding, or a casual Sunday, being the perfect mix of luxe, comfort, and technical materials.
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