From Gucci to Tom Ford and Louis Vuitton, men’s luxury sneakers have become an essential element of every man’s wardrobe. Designer sneakers are indeed now very popular with men. You can wear them with a suit for a less formal look or with a pair of jeans for an elegant casual look. Sneakers offer a level of style and comfort that other shoes just can’t match.
With luxury shoes, you’re getting premium fabrics and materials from a high-end designer. Yes, they are expensive but you’re receiving a level of attention to details and craftsmanship that mass-market brands like Nike and Adidas are unable to deliver.
And if you chose carefully, a pair of luxury sneakers will become your go-to shoes for most days of the year. High-end men casual shoes are versatile, stylish, and functional. We think it’s money well spent.
This is where our list of the 10 best luxury sneakers for men comes in. We’ve selected the shoes that best combine fashion and function. They are the perfect all year round shoes.
Best casual shoes to wear with jeans
At the top of our list are the everyday sneakers to wear with a pair of jeans and a t-shirt for a stylish casual everyday look. You can combine them with a premium bomber jacket if you want to dress them up a little while still staying casual.
Our selection: Gucci Ace Watersnake-Trimmed Leather ($640)
Sneakers from Gucci have become an absolute must-have this year. The Ace model is the perfect balance of high-end quality, classic style, and a bit of edgy fashion. They are decorated with tigers at the back, a subtle reference to Alessandro Michele’s touch.
This low-top shoe is made in Italy from smooth white leather and finished with the striped webbing at the sides. They are lined in leather and have gripped rubber soles.
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Best sneakers to wear with a suit
You can easily dress these shoes up with a suit for a formal while relaxed style if you want. They will attract a few curious looks and be instantly recognised by people in the know as the most desirable high-end sneakers of the year.
Our selection: Lanvin Cap-Toe Suede And Patent-Leather Sneakers ($495)
Crafted from high-quality fabrics, Lanvin’ sneakers are made in soft suede with a glossy toe cap and matte-leather trims.
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The simple black and white sneakers
Our selection: Berluti Playtime Leather ($1,380)
Berluti’s Playtime sneakers are absolutely beautiful. They perfectly combine streetwear with style and sophistication. Made in Italy from a single piece of inky black leather, Berluti Playtime are hand-finished with shock absorbing insoles, perforated toe-boxes for extra breathability and the brand’s signature four stitches along the bases.
The premium leather sneakers
Our selection: Paul Smith Basso Leather ($425)
Another beautiful option are these brown leather sneakers from Paul Smith. The Basso are so versatile that you could wear them with pretty much everything in your wardrobe, from formal to casual. The Paul Smith sneakers are made in Italy from smooth leather. They are fitted with plush cushioned footbeds and lightly gripped rubber soles.
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The classy sneakers
Our selection: John Lobb Levah Cap-Toe Brushed-Leather ($685)
John Lobb’s luxury shoe making tradition goes back to 1849 in England. With the Levah sneakers, the brand deliver an impeccably crafted pair of men shoes. The minimalist design is made from premium leather with a subtly brushed finish and chalky-white tone for an understated appearance.
The most comfortable shoes
Our selection: Z Zegna Suede, Leather And TECHMERINO Mesh Slip-On ($575)
Z Zegna is known to produce some of the most comfortable shoes on the market. This pair of black sneakers is made from a combination of rubberised leather, suede and the brand’s breathable TECHMERINO material, a high-performance breathable mesh. Perfect for hot days.
The classic tennis footwear
Our selection: Balenciaga’s Match Tennis Distressed Leather Sneakers ($695)
Nothing says weekend casual chic like a cool pair of men tennis shoes. Balenciaga’s Tennis leather Sneakers were designed to resemble a pair of well-worn tennis shoes. The pair is made from softened leather, subtly embroidered with the brand’s ‘BB’ monogram. The green trims complete the look for a retro-inspired court style.
The most durable sneakers
Our selection: Tom Ford Leather-Trimmed Suede ($790)
The attention to details and quality that goes into the creation of Tom Ford’ sneakers is outstanding. These leather-trimmed shoes are crafted in Italy from navy suede with subtle leather side stripes and metal eyelets for breathability. They are sure to last you several years if well maintained.
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high top designer shoes
Our selection: Common Projects Original Achilles Suede High-Top ($445)
Common Projects is one of the first brand that decided to invest in high-end premium sneakers. This pair of high-top designer shoes is clean, minimalist and shows the classic design that made the brand such a success with affluent consumers. The taupe suede sneakers are free from graphics, save for the sleek signature golden stamp on the heels. They’ll never go out of fashion.
The most expensive sneakers
Our selection: Berluti Playtime Polished-Leather High-Top ($1,750)
Berluti‘s high-top Playtime sneakers are absolutely exquisite. The basketball-inspired shoes are hand-crafted from smooth Venezia leather. The padded collars offer a comfortable fit, while perforated panels provide character and breathability.
The men luxury sneakers brands to know
When buying shoes from a designer brand, you’re elevating your style beyond the common mass market look of Nike and Adidas. While most luxury brands have now embraced the sneakers and overall casual look, a few brands are doing it better than others.
Here’s our list of the top 5 best luxury sneaker brands for men:
The Italian luxury brand Gucci was among the first big name to embrace the casual and sportier men shoe look. 2018 is the year where Gucci’s design really took over the streetwear fashion world with iconic models.
2. Tom Ford
High-end designer Tom Ford is known for his use of premium materials and attention to details. The Tom Ford sneaker collection is absolutely top notch. They provide superbe style with long-lasting quality.
3. Louis Vuitton
With Virgil Abloh taking over Louis Vuitton’s design, the French luxury house is embracing streetwear and bold designs. This shows in their new sneaker collections that combine a casual look with an ambitious and edgy impression.
Lanvin’ sneakers have achieved cult status. The dressed-up model included in our top 10 is the best example of that. Clients sometimes have to wait several weeks before having their Lanvin delivered to them. Lanvin shoes demonstrate that sneakers can be worn with a formal suit and still look the part.
5. Common Projects
While less known that the other luxury brands in our list, Common Projects has been making the case for luxury sneakers for a decade. Working with premium materials and thoughtful designs, Common Projects earned street credibility among its fans and offers excellent value for money.