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.