Sneakers are many things to many people — from professional athletes who need the latest tech to the sneakerhead who stacks boxes high just to have a few pairs on ice. But one defining aspect is that they represent comfort in a field full of uncomfortable footwear.
But finding a sneaker that stays secure without being overly tight, offers all-day support that won’t fade, and doesn’t feel like a sweatbox is not an easy task. Not to mention, our feet contain about one-quarter of all the bones in the human body, and arch height, foot width, and pressure points vary wildly. Point being: not every sneaker will be comfortable for every person.
With that in mind, however, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most comfortable shoes on the market that you should consider picking up right now. From New Balance and adidas to the most comfortable Nike shoes on the market. Scroll on for a selection your feet will thank you for.
New Balance 990v5
New Balance, in general, is at the crest of the dad sneaker trend, but its reputation for comfort is not a passing fad. The 990’s firm rubber midsole is supportive and props your heels up. A soft encapsulated EVA insert provides cushioning and the mesh panels on the upper keep things breathable. They might look like they were made for chubby white guys, but that’s worth the sacrifice.
Nike Air Force 1
The Nike Air Force 1 is one of the most recognizable sneakers in the game and, thankfully, one of the most comfortable Nike shoes as well. The comfort fresh out of the box is questionable, but after a couple of wears, it’s undeniable. The substantial sole doesn’t degrade and contains a hidden Air pocket for all-day comfort. While they’re a bit on the heavier side, they aren’t so clunky they become obstructive. For under $100, you can’t ask for much more.
Nike Epic React Flyknit
Nike’s response — or reaction? — to the success of adidas’ Boost, the Epic React Flyknit comes from the brand’s extensive running legacy. The new React foam is firm, but responsive, and the Flyknit upper is sock-like without being too flimsy. The result is one of the most comfortable sneakers in the game— a pair that feels just as good whether you’re setting records on the track or running errands on a weekend.
Nike Zoom Fly SP
While Nike’s Vaporfly series was engineered to break the two-hour marathon mark, the Zoom Fly leans more toward lifestyle. It still has the signature pointed heel and built-in carbon fiber-nylon plate to spring you forward, but the crazy lightweight ripstop upper and hefty Lunarlon sole make for a casual shoe that looks fast.
Nike Air Max 270 React
The Nike Air Max 270 React was released not too long ago, making it one of the freshest kicks on our list. As well as being ultra-eye-catching due to its colorful presence, it is also ultra-comfortable. The React tooling takes the comfort of this shoe to a new level. Energy-returning React foam is combined with an Air unit for optimal wearability.
The adidas Ultraboost features a Primeknit 360 upper, offering a superior fit that expands and moves with you as you run or walk. Coupled with the Boost cushioning and spring midsole, this is one comfy shoe.
adidas Originals YEEZY Boost 700 V2 “Inertia”
Kanye’s adidas line may seem like it’s all about the hype, but as the name suggests, the YEEZY Boost 700 comes with comfy adidas Boost tech. The midsole includes a Boost layer for some much-needed comfort with your flex, while the various overlays of the upper all contribute to a snug fit.
New Balance 997 Made in US
Released to celebrate New Balance’s annual “Grey Day,” this all-grey version of the popular 997 silhouette is not only pleasant to the eye, but it’s very comfortable too. Featuring New Balance’s ENCAP REVEAL midsole and EVA foam technology, this “Made in US” 997 may be one of the brand’s most comfortable sneakers yet.
adidas Alphaedge 4D
adidas’ Alphaedge is the perfect option for athletes. It’s created to support movement during cross-training and comes with a Primeknit upper that’s super flexible and supportive, along with a highly responsive midsole.
With a more technical silhouette than Danish-brand ECCO usually serves up, the Multi-Vent is a shoe that is primed for comfort whether you’re on the city streets or out in the wilderness. Coming in an aesthetic that looks just as good in urban climes as it does on off-road hikes. It’s built with FLUIDFORM™, an injection process that uses fluid materials, which helps form an ultra-comfortable base.
Slip-ons come equipped with 40 years of history behind them. The canvas construction is light, the lack of laces means no undue stress on your feet’s pressure points and the signature waffle soles can take a beating. But the most important element here is the Ultracush sockliner, which builds a strong case for wearing the comfortable sneakers every single day when the weather is warm enough.
ASICS Gel Venture 6
There’s a reason ASICS uses its signature GEL technology on so many of its sneakers. For the casual set, there are few better choices than the Gel Venture. The built-in neoprene sock liner, thoroughly cushioned soles and layers of material that don’t pinch any joints or nerves make these a go-to.