The sneaker industry made a name for itself in the mid-19th century—the shoes were considered a niche product for the rich (hence the term “tennis shoes” ).
Throughout the years, however, the simple tennis shoe evolved into something more. According to The Future of Footwear, a recent report from The NPD Group, “sport leisure” is estimated to become the largest footwear category in the nation by 2020.
Similar to a classic LBD or a pair of perfect-fitting jeans, comfortable sneaks are a wardrobe staple—particularly those with a dual purpose. From Vans to New Balance to Reebok, it seems you can’t go wrong with fresh kicks.
Whether you’re trying to emulate the coveted model-off-duty look or making a weekend farmer’s market run, these sneakers boast comfort and effortless style.