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A WISE MAN once said, “You can tell a lot about a man by the shoes on his feet.” Actually, we’re not sure who that man was. We kind of made it up, but we’re positive someone must have said it, and they were clearly very wise. Because no single fashion essential or accessory reveals more about a man’s style (and his personality) than good footwear.
We at Men’s Health—everyone from our fitness editors to our fashion writers—take shoes and sneakers very seriously. That’s true of the dress shoes we wear for a best man speech to the sandals we don at the beach to the boots we put on for a long day of hiking. It’s even true for a good pair of sneakers.
The right sneakers should be purpose-built for the job. Basketball sneakers, for example, demand solid support and excellent grip; golf shoes should provide stability through your hardest drives; and the best pickleball kicks need serious grip for keeping you well-planted in the kitchen. Whatever you’re into, there’s a shoe or a sneaker for the job, and we’re here to help you find it. This is the 2023 Men’s Health Sneaker Awards.
Boots that are big and bulky weigh down trail times—and fun in general. These lean, mean kicks can get you through the toughest terrain.
Next-gen runners offer mega cushioning for smoother runs.
The ’80s are back in all their comfortable, low-key glory.
These athletic-build sneakers are made with specialized sports in mind—from golf to pickleball. (Yes, pickleball!)
These wear-anywhere kicks are sharp enough for the office, and comfortable enough to stand all day in.