Sneakers have always been a tried-and-true comfort staple, there’s no denying that. But now, it seems like these shoes have hit the mainstream fashion scene full-force, and we’re definitely not complaining. Sneakers have always been synonymous with being on-the-go, and it seems fitting to look for sprint-ready shoes that can keep up with our hectic lifestyles without bogging down the rest of our look. Every brand and luxe designer seems to have a signature sneaker on the market these days, and while we’re all for a $500 pair of Saint Laurent SL/01 kicks, it’s hard to justify spending that kind of money on shoes that are supposed to be your casual go-to’s. If you’re on the hunt for your next favorite pair of sneakers without the price tag of a suit, here our our top 10 picks for kicks under $100.
1. Wool Runners, Allbirds ($95)
No, these trainers aren’t meant for high-performance running or jumping, but they do have an emphasis on natural materials and minimal design, which is what makes them so cool. Allbirds shoes are made out of merino wool, a sustainable natural resource that is said to minimize odor, regulate temperature, wick moisture, and be ridiculously comfortable.
2. Vito Lo, Creative Recreation ($80)
Smart, casual, and designed with an active lifestyle in mind, this minimalistic sneaker is simple enough to pair with shorts and a shirt but sleek enough for any creative casual ensemble. The khaki black weave also adds some nice intrigue and texture, too.
3. Rogier, Aldo (on sale for $43)
There’s nothing like a pair of sleek, chukka-inspired kicks, especially when they are leather (or in this case, faux leather). The cognac color will look great with denim, and serves as a great basic staple for dates, weekend activities, and drinks with friends.
4. Hermosa Plimsoll Standard, Seavees ($78)
There’s something about the clean, no-nonsense aesthetic of these kicks that has made them one of our favorites. Made of textured linen with a vintage wash finish, these sneakers are perfect for slipping into and getting on with your day.
5. Jack Purcell, Converse ($65-$95)
What’s not to like about a trusty pair of Converse Jack Purcell’s? These classic shoes have featured virtually the same design for almost 100 years, and with their unshaken popularity over the decades, why mess with a good thing? Signature details and an unmistakable look make this pair of sneakers one that can’t steer you wrong.
6. Gazelle, Adidas ($80)
This shoe originally hit the scenes in 1991, and has remained a classic staple for two decades and counting. Three signature stripes beckon to Adidas signature design, and pay homage to early 1990’s street style. No matter what color you get, these shoes will be a solid choice.
7. Earthkeepers Groveton Chukka, Timberland ($80)
Inspired by the iconic Timberland boot but revamped for streetwear, this duo-chromatic chukka-like sneaker is a nice choice for casual days. Wear with shorts or a colorful pair of chinos and a flannel for a smart outdoorsy aesthetic.
8. Suede Classics, Puma ($65)
Suede is big this year, but it’s truly been around for ages on the sneaker circuit. Incorporate this trend while paying homage to the classics with a pair of Puma Suedes. Reminiscent of old-school basketball and 90’s hip-hop, this iconic sneaker is a classic for a reason.
9. Kingston Leather, Fred Perry ($85)
Leather takes a classic shoe style to another level entirely. The Fred Perry Kingston plimsoll in tan leather is minimal and stylishly inclined, seamlessly blending its sports-inspired history with a modern twist. Wear these shoes with any casual ensemble, except, perhaps, a pair of brown pants.
10. The Rosen, Greats ($49)
Athletically inspired, this durable suede sneaker features a clean, monochromatic silhouette with running shoe details nimbly executed throughout. And with a price tag that rings in under $50, you’ll most likely be compelled to snatch more than one.