24 Best Casual Shoes for Men 2024, Tested by Style Experts

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The OCA Low not only is one of the best everyday fashion sneakers we’ve tested out there, but it’s also Ashton Kutcher’s go-to kicks. The footbed feels incredibly comfortable with arch support—spring and cushioned. Right from the first wear, the fit felt perfect to us so we didn’t need to break it in. The classic style just works as a versatile fashion sneaker; coupled with a canvas upper that breathes and a lightweight build, the OCA Low might just be your go-to kick.

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Upper Materials 100% Canvas
Style Lace-up canvas Sneaker
Best For Everyday, walking, casual outings

Best Casual Slip-On Shoe

Nisolo Alejandro Woven Slip On 2.0

Alejandro Woven Slip On 2.0

Best Casual Slip-On Shoe

Nisolo Alejandro Woven Slip On 2.0

The benefit of a woven leather over traditional leather dress shoes is its breathability. That makes the Alejandro Woven Slip On a perfect summer shoe for elevated causal looks. Whether you wear no-show socks or no socks at all, your feet will get plenty of air circulation, cutting down on sweat and making for a generally more comfortable wear. The other benefit of woven leather is its increased flexibility, as the material moves with your foot more like a textile than standard leather.

Upper Materials Leather
Style Woven leather slip-on
Best For Relaxed formalwear, dinners, summer vacations

Best Casual Running Shoe

Hoka Mach 5

Mach 5

Best Casual Running Shoe

Hoka Mach 5

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Pros
  • Bouncy outsole
  • Fun color combinations
  • Strong arch support
Cons
  • Difficult to style

Hoka stormed onto the running shoe scene a few years ago with dynamic sole designs. The King o Cushion also makes toned down models that are better for walking around on a daily basis. For adding a flashy dash of color to your casual fits, the Mach 5 is an excellent choice. A dozen different designs are available, all with the same balance of cushion and support for standing all day in.

Upper Material Synthetic mesh
Style Running shoe
Best For Running, the gym, relaxed days off

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Best Casual Derby Shoes

Todd Snyder Nomad Derby Shoe

Nomad Derby Shoe

Best Casual Derby Shoes

Todd Snyder Nomad Derby Shoe

Derby shoes are typically associated with formalwear, but they were the standard for casual every-day shoes before sneakers took over that role in the ’50s. Todd Snyder takes the formal edge off of with a gritty brushed suede and chunky crepe sole. It’s not only the most comfortable sole for leather shoes, it is also the cheapest to replace when it wears out. Rock this elevated casual shoe with jeans or chinos for a refined alternative to sneakers.

Upper Materials Suede
Style Classic Derby
Best For Jeans, workwear, business-casual office

Best Casual Golf Shoe

OluKai Manele Golf Shoe

Manele Golf Shoe

Best Casual Golf Shoe

OluKai Manele Golf Shoe

Pros
  • Breathable mesh upper
  • Water resistant and dries fast
Cons
  • Not very supportive
  • Relatively weak grip for golf shoes

Showy socks may be a part of golf style heritage, but these golf sneakers from OluKai are actually designed to be worn barefoot. The breathable mesh upper, sock-like lining, and drop back heel are meant to just slip right on. This allows your feet to breathe as much as possible when hitting the links on sweltering days. Since the cleated outsole is entirely rubber, you can also rock it as a casual every-day sneaker.

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Upper Materials Synthetic mesh, nylon, faux leather
Style Athletic-golf shoe
Best For Golfing, walking, outdoor training

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Best Retro Casual Shoe

Adidas Campus ’80s Shoes

Campus '80s Shoes

Best Retro Casual Shoe

Adidas Campus ’80s Shoes

Pros
  • Easy to style
  • Supportive insole
  • Good grip
Cons
  • Suede stains easily

The Adidas Campus is an iconic sneaker that has gone through several updates over the past few decades. With the reissue of the ’80s version, you can get your hands on the original design, which is arguably the most stylish. It is a little slimmer and lower profile than modern iterations, which looks better with slim fitting pants and shorts. This aqua blue color looks amazing with jeans and will complement with just about everything else in your closet.

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Upper Materials Suede, leather lining
Style Low-top sneaker
Best For Shorts, the gym, skateboarding

Best Casual Leather Dress-Shoe

Astorflex Patnoflex Travel

Patnoflex Travel

Best Casual Leather Dress-Shoe

Astorflex Patnoflex Travel

You may be familiar with Astorflex because of the Patnoflex plain toe loafer. Well, the Italian shoemaker created a Travel version with a slimmed down outsole and upgraded grip. What was already a comfortable loafer, is even easier wear thanks to enhanced flex, decreased weight, and a solid rubber heel block. If you need to dress up for a flight, or even a long commute, this is the shoe you want to wear. However, it really shines with a pair of chinos or linen trousers, topped off with a knit polo or short sleeve button down.

Read more: Best Dress Shoes for Men

Upper Materials Leather
Style Plain toe leather slip-on
Best For Casual suits, business-casual office, date night

Best Athletic Casual Shoe

On Cloudtilt Running

Cloudtilt Running

Best Athletic Casual Shoe

On Cloudtilt Running

Pros
  • Strong cushioning outsole
  • Easy to slip on and off
Cons
  • Weak arch support

The first thing that I noticed about the Cloudtilt running shoe is how lightweight it is. On’s Speed Lacing design gives the appearance and secure hold of traditional laces, while allowing for a fast slip-on, slip-off wear. That one feature alone makes this comfy and sleek athletic sneaker a go-to option for heading to the gym or just grabbing a coffee.

Read more: Best On Cloud Shoes for Walking

Upper Materials Recycled textile
Style Running shoe
Best For The gym, athleisure outfits

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Best Leather Sneaker

Pro-Keds Unisex Royal Lo Classic Leather Sneaker

Unisex Royal Lo Classic Leather Sneaker

Best Leather Sneaker

Pro-Keds Unisex Royal Lo Classic Leather Sneaker

Pro-Keds has a rich history that spans way back to the 1950s when they first made shoes for basketball players (George Miken wore the brand at one point). The Royal Lo is the brand’s timeless retro sneaker that looks better as it wears with age. Just make sure to upgrade to the all-leather model.

Upper Materials Leather
Style Leather Sneaker
Best For Everyday, office, casual outings

Best Classic Casual Shoe

Sperry The Authentic Original™ Boat Shoe

The Authentic Original™ Boat Shoe

Best Classic Casual Shoe

Sperry The Authentic Original™ Boat Shoe

Cutting to the chase is the OG boat shoe design that has never looked out of style and definitely never will. As you slip your feet into them, you’ll also find yourself reveling in the secure, customized fit provided by the signature 360° lacing system. What we love most about these OGs is that they now come with an OrthoLite insole to envelop your underfoot in comfort and provide shock absorption to each step. Coupled with the inclusion of an EVA heel cup that adds an extra layer of cushioning, we were even able to travel in these shoes for hours.

Upper Matetials Leather
Style Boat shoes
Best For Sea activities, everyday, casual outings

Easiest to clean Casual Shoe

Rothys The RS01 Sneaker

The RS01 Sneaker

Easiest to clean Casual Shoe

Rothys The RS01 Sneaker

The RS01 may look like a simple canvas sneaker, but it wears like a top-flight running sneaker mixed with a memory foam pillow. These editors-approved kicks are also a favorite of Pedro Pascal. They have a dynamic, retro-inspired knit upper to elevate any of your basic workwear trousers, while their durable gum sole guarantees these sleek kicks will provide the foot support you need for months or years of long wear.

These are perfect business casual work sneakers, especially if your business keeps you on your feet all day. And unlike other sneakers, these don’t require breaking in and are fully machine washable.

Upper Materials Knit from single-use plastic
Style Lace-up sneaker
Best For Everyday, walking, office

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Best casual shoes for walking

New Balance 990v6

990v6

Best casual shoes for walking

New Balance 990v6

These dad shoes, born in 1982, are now upgraded with a streamlined outlook and better performance to make a case for dad shoes that are pretty damn cool. Whether it’s the propulsive foam that helps you get back on your feet fast or the midsole cushioning that provides all-day comfort, you’ll feel like the patriarch of your household in them—even if you’re not a father. With a midsole that absorbs impact and provides underfoot cushioning and a footbed that delivers support, this is also one of our best-tested walking shoes.

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Upper Materials Mesh
Style Walking shoes
Best For Walking, everyday, running, training, traveling

Best Office Casual Shoe

Cole Haan OriginalGrand Shortwing Oxford Shoe

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OriginalGrand Shortwing Oxford Shoe

Best Office Casual Shoe

Cole Haan OriginalGrand Shortwing Oxford Shoe

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I’ve been wearing these classic, best-selling Cole Hann dress sneakers since 2021, to the office or any office-adjacent events—happy hour, client meetings, etc. I love that they’ve got the uppers of dress shoes but the footbed of sneakers—it’s the best of both worlds, really. And on more than a few occasions, I had to wear these for hours on end, and their added comfort from the EVA midsole and patented cushioning has never failed me once. And they look incredibly on-point with jeans for a true business casual vibe.

Read more: Best Business Casual Shoes

Upper Materials 100% Leather
Style Dress Sneakers
Best For Office, business casual, commuting

Best luxury casual shoes

P448 Jack

Jack

Best luxury casual shoes

P448 Jack

If you’re looking for a more elevated sneaker as your casual shoes, P448 makes its footwear in Italy with fine leather. The Jack sneaker styles have a luxe feel and come in a ton of fun variations and colors, making them a solid casual shoe pick if you’re looking for expression. Plus, with memory foam insoles, each style feels damn comfy too.

Upper Materials Leather
Style Leather sneaker
Best For Casual outings, everyday, commuting

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Best Casual Chelsea Boots

Amberjack The Chelsea

The Chelsea

Best Casual Chelsea Boots

Amberjack The Chelsea

These business casual Chelsea boots are nothing but supportive and stylish. Having owned these for several months, I can say with confidence that these are perhaps the most comfortable boots I’ve ever tested—all thanks to Amberjack’s athletic performance build. The memory foam arch support plus the flexible outsole with extra support in the heel are both designed to let your feet move in comfort, and the upper is made with flexible materials. The construction won’t tire my feet out since it’s soft and easy to break in yet very sturdy, but the overall versatile look for dressing up and down is also a highlight.

Upper Materials Leather
Style Chelsea boot
Best For Business casual, office, commuting

Best High-Top Casual Shoe

Converse Chuck 70 High Top

Chuck 70 High Top

Best High-Top Casual Shoe

Converse Chuck 70 High Top

There’s hardly any retro sneaker more timeless and versatile than the Chuck 70. Todd Snyder gave the classic basketball shoe style that debuted over a decade ago a modern twist with a new thick textured canvas upper, a heavier recycled rubber gum sole, a comfortable cork liner, arch support, and durable stitching for everyday wear, even if you’re not double-dribbling.

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Upper Materials Canvas
Style High-top basketball shoe
Best For Everyday, casual outings

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Best casual boots

Clarks Desert Boot

Desert Boot

Best casual boots

Clarks Desert Boot

Known for their durability and versatility, owning a pair of suede Clark Desert Boots should be a no-brainer. With an origin that dates back to surviving the deserts in WWII, these boots are built for long walks. As for the OG style, Clarks’ desert boots are also versatile enough for dressing for summer and for the rest of the year, and you’ll have fun mixing-and-matching with your casual office looks.

Read more: Best Desert Boots for Men

Upper Materials Suede
Style Desert boot
Best For Everyday, casual outings, office

Best open-toed casual shoes

Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed

Arizona Soft Footbed

Best open-toed casual shoes

Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed

Every man must own a pair of Arizona sandals in their lifetime. It’s an unwritten footwear rule. The combination of comfort, versatility in styling, and incredibly long lifespan is why these bad boys take the crown. According to board-certified foot surgeon Brad Schaeffer, D.P.M., its design plus support structure work together to offer everyday comfort in a city-friendly design. “They have a solid cork footbed and contouring for our arch and toe box,” Schaeffer says. “I love the overall feel and wearability of these sandals and have been wearer since my teen years.”

Upper Materials Leather
Style Sandal
Best For Everyday, warm weather, casual outings

 

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