Best Espadrilles Reviewed for Performance & Style

Let’s face it: everyone needs a pair of shoes that can do almost anything. We need something comfortable so that if need be, we can be on our feet all day. And we also want to look stylish. That’s why we all have at least one pair of sneakers in our wardrobe.

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The term ‘sneakers’ (also called espadrilles, runners, athletic shoes, gym shoes… and the list goes on) usually describes a shoe that has a flexible outsole made of rubber or synthetic materials, and an upper part made of leather or synthetic materials. The actual word ‘sneakers’ only made its appearance in America around the turn of the 20th century.

Last Updated: November 9, 2017
By Stephanie Ladurantaye:

The recent update offers you a wide range of the top Espadrilles available on the market. You will notice that the list varies between Nike and Adidas, Saucony and Sketchers, and Air Jordan to company shoes teaming up with famous designers. This list is really for everyone in the family, whether you have a specific budget or you just want to treat yourself.

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The colors and styles vary from one company to the other and one model to another. There are also several types of sneakers, such as high-tops that cover the ankles (the famous Converse), sneaker boots that rise up to the calf, low-tops (or oxfords), mid-cut sneakers, slip-ons, low-top CVO (Circular Vamp Oxford) and high-top CVO.

 

10 Best Espadrilles

 

1. Adidas Yeezy Boost 350

This shoe makes it at the top because of its worldwide popularity. The Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 series wanted to step up from the rest of the competition. That’s why Adidas once again teamed up with Kanye West to create a stylish and versatile shoe. What makes this version of the Yeezy Boost 350 so special is the zebra stripes color scheme, and it’s the most limited edition of the Yeezy collection.
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Zebra Pattern
The zebra pattern has made this model of the Yeezy 350 collection stick out of the bunch. No matter which review you read, this is the first thing that people talk about.

Pull Tab (yes, it’s back!)
Adidas decided to bring back the pull tab, so this means that you won’t be fighting to put your shoes on if you don’t feel like tying the laces up every time.

Cost and Value
The retail price is fair compared to the other sneakers on the list. Adidas has always been known for its quality, so the pricing is according to them. Sadly, the resale prices hit the roof because of the hypebeat these shoes received before their sale date.
Pros
  •    Zebra pattern still remains neutral with black and white
  •    The shape is perfect if you want slip-ons
  •    Heel piece is well glued to the rest of the shoe
  •   Adidas brought back the pull tab
Cons
  •    Sneaker texture is not quite there yet
  •    Yellow tint that can throw off the white translucent sole

2. Saucony Original Bullet

If you’re looking for a pair of sneakers that look good with pretty much anything, then you’re at the right place! Saucony came out with the Bullet collection – that has, believe it or not, 13 color schemes – in 1985, but they had actual spikes on them. This time, the company decided to make their shoes ‘legal’ and came out with a pair of sneakers that could compliment any casual outfit.
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Fabric Lining
It has extra cushioning at the tongue and collar, which creates added support and comfort, which is especially important if you’re going to be on your feet all day.

General Aspect
The oxford silhouette and original patterns and styles of threads give these sneakers an authentic retro vibe.

Cost and Value
If you’re looking for something on the cheaper side, but with quality, then the Saucony Original Bullet Sneakers should be considered. You won’t be disappointed, but I would recommend you buy one size bigger as they are made on the smaller side.
Pros
  •       Comes in 13 color schemes
  •       Slim-fitting
  •       Cushioned foot bed
  •       Playful Retro Vibe
  •       Casual sneakers that can also pass for business casual
Cons
  •    Lack of arch and ankle support
  •    The soles squeak when walking

3. Air Jordan Royal

These sneakers are not only placed in the top favorites of any Air Jordan in 2017, but they are also unyielding at their top position when it comes to the best brands. The sneakers’ laces and the retro style Nike box give a wink to the original Air Jordan of 1985.
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High-Tops Sneakers
Because these would be considered made for playing basketball, the Air Jordan I “Royal” offers you ankle stability and support.

Durability
If you’re looking for a pair of sneakers that you’ll be wearing 10 hours a day, every day, then these sneakers would be perfect. Some reviews mentioned that they are still in good condition, even after almost one year of use.

Cost and Value
For their fair price and reputation of comfort for everyday use, the Air Jordan I “Royal” positions itself at the top of the list. Because of its light weight, these sneakers can be worn anytime and anywhere casual.
Pros
  •    Long-lasting
  •    Material quality is better than the actual 2013 model
  •    Great built
  •    Two pairs of laces (black and blue)
Cons
  •  Soles are thin
  •  Narrow Sneakers

4. Atmos x Air Max Elephant

4. Atmos x Air Max Elephant
These sneakers came back with a vengeance when Atmos casted a vote amongst sneaker enthusiasts. Still working with the Jordan brand, Atmos delivered the “Elephant” model and kept its original colors of black, white, with the jade Nike ‘swoosh’ and elephant print. You can change up the laces as they come with 3 colored pairs (jade, white and black).
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Iconic Elephant Skin
I know that this isn’t part of the comfort of the shoe, but no other company has ever made sneakers with elephant skin print on them. It makes these sneakers pop out of the lot, and the fact that the overall look of the shoe is still neutral, you can pair it up with really anything in your casual wardrobe.

Flexibility
As you’ll notice while looking at these sneakers, the mud guard comes down at the mid-section of the sole. This is to provide freedom of movement for your feet. After all, they’re running shoes. This makes it positively useful if you have to walk around a lot daily.

Cost and Value
If you want to stay in the Nike brand, the retail cost of the Atmos x Air Max “Elephant” is pretty much the same as the Nike Vapormax. With their durability, performance and style, there are no questions as to why these sneakers are in our top 5.
Pros
  •       Material quality
  •       Pack has 3 sets of laces
  •       Long-lasting
  •       Elephant skin pattern
Cons
  • Narrow sneakers

5. Kaws x Air Jordan IV

5. Kaws x Air Jordan IV
Legendary graffiti artist ‘Kaws’ Donnelly teamed up once again with Nike’s sub-brand, Air Jordan. Instead of having some parts of the sneaker covered in plastic like in the previous Air Jordan IV, the team decided to give this sneaker a little “pazzaz” by entirely covering the shoe with premium grey suede. And, surprise, the bottom soles glow in the dark! Really!
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Premium Suede / Monochromatic
What’s not to love about this? Of course, it could demand a little TLC once in awhile to keep them from taking in water, but the quality and style are there! The side soles of the sneaker are also grey, complementing the suede.

Interior Soles
The interior soles are made out of leather, which, if you’re wearing the right socks, will keep your feet from smelling at the end of the day. This is a big plus for those who tend to have warm feet after a few hours of wearing shoes.

Cost and Value
Because these sneakers are from two really well-known people, there was a really big hype when they were about to be released. The retail price is really good for the quality of this piece, but the resale was sadly boosted because of the hype.
Pros
  •       Exterior is premium suede
  •       Interior is made of leather
  •       Glow in the dark bottom soles
  •       Monochromatic
Cons
  • The grey laces don’t match the greys on the sneakers

6. Puma Tazon 6 FM

6. Puma Tazon 6 FM
You can never be disappointed with Puma. These sneakers, which come in 22 colors, are the pair of sneakers that you want when you go to the gym. They are lightweight and support your feet during lateral workouts.
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Durability
Because these shoes are made for workouts and cross-country training, they have to last more than a month. With synthetic leather and a synthetic sole, you don’t have to worry too much about protecting the sneakers like you would with natural leather.

Support
If you’re going to the gym, you’re going to be lifting weights, jumping, running, etc. That’s why it’s important to have sneakers that can offer all the support that you need. These sneakers do the trick.

Cost and Value
A lot of reviewers have found that for the quality of the product, you can’t argue about the price. They offer comfort and features that you’d expect in higher-priced sneakers.
Pros
  •       Comes in 22 colors
  •       Perfect for cross-country
  •       Perfect for lateral workout
  •       Offer good support
Cons
  •    Not ideal for standing up long hours

7. Nike Vapormax

7. Nike Vapormax
Nike keeps surprising us with lightweight and durable sneakers. These low-tops are what you need if you go to the gym, if you have to stand up for long hours, or if you simply want to venture in your hometown. The Vapormax come in a few monochromatic color schemes and can be paired with pretty much anything.
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Material
The name ‘Vapormax’ really explains it all. The sneakers are made of synthetic material, almost like an elastic sock kind of feel, so it makes them flexible and very lightweight.

Midsoles
Nike upgraded their ‘Air’ midsole units. Their previous models had to be shaped twice and put together. On these sneakers, the midsoles are made of one precise Vapormax Air unit, which offers extra flexibility, and they can retain their original design.

Cost and Value
These sneakers are on the more costly side for the quality of the material, but are perfect for those wanting comfort and support, with the Nike ‘swoosh’ on the side of their sneakers.
Pros
  •       Lightweight material
  •       Midsoles offer extra flexibility
  •       They come in a few colors, but monochromatic
Cons
  •  They squeak on softer solid ground (like linoleum)

8. Sketchers Shape Ups 2.0

8. Sketchers Shape Ups 2.0
These Sketchers have been a part of our daily lives for years. The Shape Ups first came out as ‘booty modeling’ sneakers, where you simply had to walk and your behind would “shape up”. Now, these Shape Ups 2.0 are back with a vengeance without any pretense. They are here to keep your comfortable and feel good throughout your daily lives and heavy workouts.
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Memory Foam Footbed
Who doesn’t like memory foam? These sneakers offer you just that for your feet, which adds extra comfortability when you have to be up on your feet for long periods of time.

Thick Rocker Sole Unit
The fact that the sole is thicker than any other pair of sneakers on this list makes these Sketchers special. While running or jogging, the soles take direct hit every time your foot lands on the ground, thus lessening the shock to your knees.

Cost and Value
If you don’t want to pay too much and don’t really care about the look, but more about the comfortability and support, then these Sketchers are for you. You can’t really argue about the price for the good quality of sneakers that you’d be getting.
Pros
  •       Memory foam footbed
  •       Thick rocker sole unit
  •       Air cooled breathability
  •       Relieves heel pain
  •       Great support for standing up long hours
Cons
  •       Bulky look
  •       Heavier than the previous Shape Ups

9. Adidas x Alexander Wang AW

9. Adidas x Alexander Wang AW
Adidas and Alexander Wang teamed up to give us a pair of sneakers that are out of this world. The AW Bball comes in two colors (white, grey, and beige, and black with white soles). The high-tops basketball profile offers a layered, multi-textured upper, and elastic collar and an overemphasized tongue for easy slip-on/slip-off.
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Elastic Collar
What's amazing about this is that no matter what type of sock you're wearing, these sneakers offer a collar that can grow in width. Compared to other high-tops, where the laces go up to the end of the tongue, these laces stop just before the rise of the tongue, offering you a looser ankle and freedom of movement.

General Aspect
Alexander Wang is really bringing something new to the sneaker culture, with those multi-textured sneakers. While you want comfortability, you also want to remain stylish, and these sneakers offer everything you want.

Cost and Value
These shoes are worth more than what they cost and should be a must in your wardrobe if you're looking for something that can pair up with anything casual. And for once, the resale is close to the retail price.
Pros
  •       Amazing look
  •       Thick soles
  •       True to size
Cons
  • Bulky on feet

10. Nike Tom Sachs Mars 2.0

10. Nike Tom Sachs Mars 2.0
To celebrate the Space Camp occasion in New York (June 8th, 2017), Tom Sachs and Nike announced that they'd come out with a new pair of Nike Mars Yard. These sneakers come in one color (tan), textured with suede and mesh, with the red iconic Nike swoosh. The sole resembles an army-boot sole. It's considered to be one of Nike's grails, and it's not surprising because the resale prices were boosted.
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Flexibility
These sneakers are perfect if you want to show off your style, but want to work out. You can literally climb walls with these Mars Yard.

The soles
The fact that they look like army-boot soles makes its adherence and abrasion are perfect and durable.

Cost and Value
The prices of retail are reasonable for the quality of the shoe that you will have. Sachs confirmed that the shoe past every test (abrasion, flexibility and strength). But because of the hypebeast that these sneakers received, and the limited quantities produced, the resale prices were boosted.
Pros
  •       Breathable thanks to the mesh
  •       Quality material
  •       Flexible soles
  •      Higher mudguard at the back of the shoe
Cons
  • Limited edition (now only sold as resales)

In conclusion, sneakers come in all shapes and sizes. Some run small and others run true to size. The colors may vary, and some companies might offer more color schemes than others. But at the end of the day, the first thing you have to think about is what you’re planning to do with your sneakers. If you think about being up all day for hours at a time, then maybe a sneaker with arch support and comfortable insoles is what you should be looking for. Same thing goes if you want to wear them mainly to the gym, then a shoe with ankle and support should be your priority. There’s no question that style should be important, but your feet carry you all day long so don’t forget to take care of them!