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 sneakers on the market that you should consider picking up right now.
New Balance 990v4
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.