11 Men’s Dress Sneakers That Don’t Scream ‘Tourist’
Nothing pegs a tourist more quickly than a chunky pair of athletic sneakers. You can spot them from a mile away, and they can take an otherwise neutral look from cool traveler to dorky out-of-towner almost immediately. Sure, they may be comfortable shoes for walking, but who wants to look like you got separated from a tour group when you could be blending in with the locals?
For your next vacation, leave your clunkers at home and instead pack a pair of sneakers that look like dress shoes. Thanks to a recent resurgence of sneaker culture, styles are getting sleeker every day.
Men’s dress sneakers offer a blend of comfort, style, and sophistication that your average tennis shoes lack. Wear them while in transit for their comfort, but keep them on when you get to your destination for their fashionable appeal.
Worn with shorts or jeans during the day, dress sneakers give a polished casual daywear look. With a suit in the evening for an event like a wedding, graduation, or even a nice dinner out, they'll give an easy-yet-cool vibe that will leave your feet feeling happy at the end of the night.
Read on to see our picks for the most comfortable dress sneaker styles — they’ll easily become your new go-to pair of travel shoes.
Banana Republic ‘Nicklas’ Leather Sneaker
Made with temperature-regulating technology originally developed for NASA, these sneakers get an A+ for thermal comfort and breathability. Banana Republic’s Advanced Comfort Technology insoles also feature shock absorption in the heel, arch support, and breathable flex on the toe pads.
To buy: bananarepublic.com, $128
Cole Haan ‘2.Zerogrand’ Stitchlite Oxford
Cole Haan’s knit 2.Zerogrand sneakers make dressing up easy and comfortable (for once). There are 13 different colorways to choose from.
To buy: colehaan.com, $200
Johnston & Murphy XC4 ‘Prentiss’ Plain Toe Shoe
While these shoes are sure to provide a sense of style to any ensemble, their real draw is the fact that they can withstand any type of weather. The upper is constructed with soft, waterproof leather and the sole is made of abrasion-resistant polyurethane, while memory foam cushioning in the footbed offers arch support.
To buy: amazon.com, from $130
Toms ‘Preston’ Dress Shoe
These Toms dress shoes, which the brand calls “classic, but not stuffy” are a great option for a summertime event.
To buy: toms.com, $52
Hush Puppies ‘Gus’ Sneaker
Sleek and functional, this Hush Puppies model is a true sneaker-oxford hybrid. Its super-lightweight design is further improved by a shock-absorbing midsole and a long-wearing Rubberlon outsole. One reviewer calls it “probably the most comfortable shoe [he has] ever worn.”
To buy: amazon.com, from $42
Ted Baker ‘Thawne’ Burnished Leather Sneakers
If you’re looking for a sturdy shoe built to last, you may want to get your hands on a pair of these. The Ted Baker sneakers feature feature a 100% bovine leather upper, sock, and lining, and a 100% rubber sole. The fact that they effortlessly complement both formal and casual outfits is just an added bonus.
To buy: tedbaker.com, $210
Brooks Brothers 1818 Footwear Textured Leather Chukka Sneakers
A quality chukka shoe elevates any wardrobe, and this pair doubles as a sneaker and a boot. Crafted with textured Italian leather, these stylish kicks will provide comfort through even the longest days of standing or walking.
To buy: brooksbrothers.com, $298
Common Projects ‘Original Achilles’ Suede Sneakers
Greats ‘Court’ Sneaker
These sneakers pull inspiration from classic basketball shoes, so they’ll lend any look a sporty edge. Handmade by Italian craftsmen, the premium leather- and suede-accented shoes provide natural, custom-fit comfort on the first wear as well as on the hundredth.
To buy: greats.com, $179
Rockport Total Motion Wingtip
Business on top, party on the sole. This Rockport style really hits the mark at the cross of dress and sports shoe.
To buy: zappos.com, $115
Clarks ‘Un Costa’ Lace Sneaker
Clarks is known for their comfort and durability, but thanks to Gait Mapping engineering that provides maximum impact absorption, the Un Costa sneakers really take things up a notch. Plus, the unretouched leather sockliner feels majorly soft against the wearer’s feet.
To buy: clarksusa.com, $130