Best Top Rated & Popular Shoes Reviewed for Style

If you look into the statistics of shoe sales, believe it or not, functionality and quality take a back seat to popularity. From kids and teenagers to adults, the social need to be popular or to follow the latest and greatest trends available to us today. Trying to decide what the best new shoes are is difficult, but we listened to what the people buying these shoes had to say about looks, feel, fit, and overall satisfaction when putting this guide together.

A wide variety of shoes have made it to the top our list. One might think just skateboard shoes or  Jordan high-tops would top the charts of “most popular,” but the spectrum is very broad and somewhat surprising! So, making it onto the list for most popular shoes was no easy task, taking many aspects into consideration, things like arch support, comfort level, style, and cost just to name a few.

Easy Spirit Traveltime
  • Easy Spirit Traveltime
  • 5 out of 5
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  • Cushioned Support
  • Easy On And Off
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New Balance MX608v4
  • New Balance MX608v4
  • 4.8 out of 5
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  • EVA Footbed
  • Suede Upper
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Converse All Stars
  • Converse All Stars
  • 4.6 out of 5
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  • Laminated Rubber Sole
  • Inexpensive
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10 Best Popular Shoes

 

1. Easy Spirit Traveltime

Easy Spirit shoes have been providing comfortable yet hard working shoes for over 35 years. The company name projects a carefree lifestyle yet the “mule” line implies that you can tackle anything wearing these slip-on clog style shoe unless you already know what a mule is!
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Comfortable Design
This rubber soled mule has a deep base providing the comfort level needed when using this style of shoe. Mule designs have changed over the years since their launch in the 16th Century, initially designed with no heel strap at all. Today you will find a variety of straps from little to much more. Easy Spirit’s mule has a low rise cushioned minimalist support band that secures your foot into the shoe.

Variety in Wearing
Sticking mostly with the traditional “mule” shoe, Easy Spirit has added a few touches to the “Traveltime” mule making it its own. Wearable in most scenarios, this mule is both fashionable yet comfortable and very functional. Easy Spirit has made this shoe available to the women of the world who have answered the call and made it one of the most popular shoes in the world.

Cost and Value
Fashion drives prices and Traveltime line is no exception. At the lower end of the pricing scale and most are, other models of the Traveltime line can bump the price up. It also seems that many shoes outlast the specific type presented, meaning most styles will pass before the shoe begins to wear.
Pros
  • Rubber Soled
  • Cushioned Support
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy On Easy Off
Cons
  • Tends To Be Slippery

2. New Balance MX608v4

This brand's entry into the overall popular shoe race is well deserved. Another historic and iconic shoe brand who’s athletic achievements are hard to beat. Many of the worlds elite runners have partnered with this brand since its inception in 1960. They have since expanded into other athletic areas such as Track & Field and Tennis.
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Advanced Technology
Given that they make the most of their shoes in the USA, costs are higher than for other manufacturers. The higher price necessitated this brand to promise more technology and features to their shoes. The MX608v4 sports some of these advances. Gel inserts added a comfort level to this workout shoe along with a decent heel counter.

Superior Design
They seem to focus on design rather than style. It is not without its line of casual shoes but they are unlike many of the others entries of this popularity contest. The style of the MX608v4 is that of a blend. Subtle performance qualities tempered only by the jet-black outers that give its cliented to use in many ways. Walkers, uniformed workers, and casual athletic types all would make great use of this shoe. Remember, black goes with anything!

Cost and Value
This shoe is built for moderate use and will last you longer than other shoes in the same category. Moderately priced, there seems to be a good amount of bang for your buck when buying the MX608v4.
Pros

Heel Tab To Help Pull On

Suede Upper

Low Top

EVA Footbed

Cons

Wide Fit

3. Converse Chuck Taylor

When you think of a shoe for the ages, THIS is the one. The old joke “When you look up the word classic in the dictionary, you will find a picture of some Chuck Taylors” certainly applies! This historic shoe showed up in the early 20th century in the United States. Chuck Taylor was an American basketball player who put on clinics, teaching the basics of the sport to the youth. Converse sponsored the team and Chuck sold them on the road. The rest, as they say, is history.
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Classic Construction
Iconic as they are, Converse’s entry-level basketball shoe is as simple as it comes. This model is exactly that shoe but the “shortie” version. Laminated rubber soles almost identical to the day they were first designed gives you a cushioning that many try to replicate. Soft cotton uppers were initially designed to allow for easy slip on-slip -off access for basketball players. That design remains in place with both the soft inner and equally as soft outer.

Versatile Wear
Originally designed as a true athletic shoe, the purpose has been lost on to the more powerful “pop culture” trends. You can find a pair of Chuck Taylor walking in the doors of a skateboard shop as often as you see a pair sitting at the desk of a tech startup CEO in Silicon Valley! From the grunge sound of Kurt Cobain to the pop hits of Justin Bieber, the stars who influence pop culture have adorned this shoe and elevated its popularity.

Cost and Value
Depending on the model you chose, the price can vary. Essentially, it is a lower cost shoe for the masses. Its simplicity is renowned, keeping the price lower and more acceptable to most. They are a low maintenance everyday shoe that will take you down the road less traveled. Its longevity will depend on the condition of that road.
Pros
  • Laminated Rubber Sole
  • Easy Slip On and Off
  • Inexpensive
  • Can Be Used For Sports or Day-To-Day
Cons
  • Durability Issues
  • Narrow Fit

4. OOFOS Oolala Flip-Flop

4. OOFOS Oolala Flip-Flop
Whether you like spending time in the gym or have to spend time at the workplace, these flip-flops will help you to recover from any stress and soreness that has accumulated. With a foam that is made to support and comfort, your arches, toes, and soles will be relaxed and pain-free. The impact is highly absorbed, the odor is reduced, and natural motion is enhanced. They are also machine washable, ready for the beach, and float in water. Very stylish, sleek, and comes in a multitude of colors and designs.
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Foam That Makes You Go Oo
The OOfoam is a specialized, patented foam technology to help absorb shock by 37% more than other materials. Stress on your lower back, knees, and feet is greatly reduced, arches are cradled, and toe chafing is eliminated with a toe post that is conforming. Unnecessary layers are eliminated for closer ground contact and the post-exercise recovery process is enhanced.

You Are Covered
The same foam technology previously mentioned helps with any recovery process after a run or cardio session. The cushion is kept in place and is so light that these shoes will float in any kind of water. Resistant to moisture and odor, you’re ready for the beach or pool and they are easily cleaned in any washer machine.

Cost and Value
The current pricing is $59.95 and this is the mid-price range. These are made for relaxing and not the best choice for active wear but great for all-day wear (ex: lounging). Proven with science to reduce joint and body stress, you will feel so much better after a long day of activities.
Pros

Cradles Arches

Stress Reduction

Impact Absorbent

Odor Minimization

Machine Washable

Enables Natural Motion

Cons

Straps Crack And Peel

5. Skechers Go Walk

5. Skechers Go Walk
A long name for a very popular shoe! Skechers has always proven themselves as innovators in their shoe lines. The “Go Walk” is no exception. Described as a recovery shoe, the “Go Walk” is more aptly described as an “everywhere shoe”. Technology and minimalism combined give you this unique look and feel.
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Advanced Technology + Simplicity
Technology and simplicity are the key factors of the “Go Walk” line. “Go Impulse Sensors” allow you to interact and respond with each and any surface. These round surfaces give you instant feedback for better walking. The lightweight material with no extra features add-on was Skechers way of keeping it light. Mission accomplished!

Easy to Wear
Simple is better with the Skechers “Go Walk” line. If you are not a fan of the slip-on shoe, then this may not be for you. But most LOVE the easy wear of the Go Walk. Granted they are not red carpet or fine dining shoes, the multi-use factor here is what the style is all about. I would not be surprised if the key demographic for the “Go Walk” was older more than a younger crowd.

Cost and Value
Hard to beat this cost/value team with the “Go Walk” line. Albeit a very simple shoe, the detail of its build is impressive whilst keeping the costs down. A good way to put it is, “slip on shoe priced with performance shoe value”.
Pros
  • Everyday Use
  • Slip On And Off
  • Price For The Value
  • Supreme Comfort
  • Very Lightweight
Cons
  • Not Everyone Loves The Look

6. Sanuk Yoga Sling

6. Sanuk Yoga Sling
At first glance, this shoe looks like the most comfortable shoe going! The reason why comfort is what got this shoe to the top of the charts is its beginnings. Based out of Southern California’s surf culture, Sanuk’s roots were firmly planted in the chill vibe of “comfort first”. Priding themselves on “lo-fi” innovation, Sanuk has lead the way in this category.
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Simple
No one should be surprised given the name of this shoe that it’s construction is based on the ancient art of Yoga. As you can see, simplicity for this shoe is the goal. Keeping with their “lo-fi” mantra, you will be enjoying the only luxury afforded this shoe with the padded yoga mat footbed, giving you supreme comfort, both under and over, your foot.

Classic Style
Style always has a goal regardless of its function or purpose. With the Sanuk Yoga Sling Flip-flop, its fashion centerpiece is both functional and has a purpose. The wide swathes of soft material both crisscross your foot and plunge between your toes wrapping your foot into place while adding a fashionable accent to this popular sandal.

Cost and Value
Cost and value on this one can be seen simply by looking at this sandal. At the lower end of the cost scale for sandals, one could say it is a decent buy. The key factor is “quality of construction” and Sanuk has proven themselves over the years!
Pros
  • Slip On And Off
  • Padded Footbed
  • Breathable
  • Inexpensive
Cons
  • Cannot Be Washed

7. Asics Gel Venture 6

7. Asics Gel Venture 6
The new Venture 6 has an upper and midsole that has been redesigned for excellent comfort that absorbs shock. The outsole is a rugged one-piece with lugs that are multi-directional for tread and traction that leaves you confident on any trail. You’ll have a fit and protection that is great with comfort thanks to a toe bumper that is stitched-down and synthetic material that is durable. Twelve colors, designs are available.
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Rear Foot Cushioning
In the rear foot is a cushioned gel system. This will allow for any impact shock to be attenuated and improve the transition when transitioning to midstance. You’ll have shock absorption that is evenly spread out to reduce any impact pain.

Outsole Trail
A lot of running shoes only provide uphill traction. These have lugs that are reversed to give you traction for both uphill/downhill and different kinds of terrains. You’ll have greater variety and control in your run without your shoes giving up on you.

Cost and Value
The current pricing is $70.00 which is the mid-price range. The Venture 6 is one of the most popular running shoes on the market as you can run on multiple surfaces and trails. This keeps you from having multiple running shoes for different kinds of runs, therefore saving you money and time. With features like orthotic support and an outsole durability system, you’ll outlast every single run.
Pros

Cushioning System

Orthotics Approved

Multiple Trail Support

Multi-Directional Lugs

Sockliner is Removable

Cons

Padding is Minimal

8. Sorel Joan of Arctic

8. Sorel Joan of Arctic
Sorel is a widely popular name when it comes to outdoor gear. The Joan of Arctic Boots are a stylish favorite that many opt for when choosing boots for their winter escapades.
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Exceptionally Warm
The faux-fur to, along with the removable felt liner keep your feet cozy on even the harshest winter days. The removable liner also offers the option to take out and dry if it ever does get wet or sweaty.

Style and Fashion
While most think of winter boots as being only functional, these add a touch of style that will win over even the harshest critics.

Cost and Value
These boots definitely aren't in the budget range. They are an investment. However, they are durable, stylish, and long-lasting so if you can get over the sticker shock, they will last you many seasons and definitely be worth it in the long run.
Pros

Weather-Proof

Faux-Fur Collar

Tall Shaft Height

Extra Warm

Cons

Heavy

Poor Traction

9. Dansko Professional Mule

9. Dansko Professional Mule
Iconic, popular, and well-loved, these mules offer all-day comfort and support. The toe-box is reinforced with extra room and the outsole is a rocker bottom to help absorb shock. The instep collar is padded to help reduce rubbing of the heel and you’ll have great stability with the wide heel strike. There is also an inner frame constructed with polyurethane (PU) to minimize torque and increase stability. A multitude of colors, designs are available to choose from.
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A Rocking Sole
Each pair of these mules come with an outsole that is rocker-bottom. Constructed with polyurethane (PU), the sole is designed to protect your back, feet, and legs from stress and help to keep your feet in a forward motion. PU outsoles also give you a wear that is water and abrasion resistant while being very lightweight.

Hand Crafted
These are hand-built and use a staple-construction keeping the shoe strongly attached to the sole. They are American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) accepted and help to reduce any fatigue, reduce shock, and increase energy return.

Cost and Value
The current pricing is $125.00 and this is the high-price range. The professional mules are made to be long-lasting and resistant to all kinds of wear and tear as they are commonly used in industries such as nursing. They can also be used in office spaces or admin jobs that require to be on your feet all day. You can’t go wrong with these.
Pros

Built By Hand

Great For Offices

APMA Approved

Plenty of Padding

Shock Absorption

Sole Designed To Help Correct Back Issues

Cons

Hard To Determine Fit

Expensive

10. Toms Classic Canvas

10. Toms Classic Canvas
When the idea of the TOMS shoe was born in 2006, no one would have thought that philanthropy and some cloth slippers would ensure a #1 most popular shoe rankings by a HUGE margin. TOMS (aptly named after Tomorrow’s Shoes) blended to perfection one part giving back, one part style, and one part comfort. Mix together and add some feet... voila!
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Charitable
TOMS came about when a niche needed filling. Philanthropy tied in with quality had not hit the mainstream until 2006 when TOMS signed up to match a pair of shoes for a child in need for every pair of TOMS sold. To date, that means over 60 million pairs of shoes for those who otherwise wouldn't have any. With this popularity, expansion was a given. They now have dozens of styles and hundreds of colors. And yes...one for everyone including the vegan population!

Slip On Style
Who doesn't like a slip-on shoe? Most do, given the easy on-and-off. When it becomes a true style like the Penny Loafer, did in the 80’s you will find a ton of them made by many different companies. TOMS, however, took it to the next level by ensuring there was a color or style or highlight/accent for each new shoe that would appeal to just about everyone. Expansion has allowed them to add a few more styles to their famous line.

Cost and Value
When it comes to popular shoes, TOMS come in at a decent price point for what many consider a pretty basic shoe. Do we take into account the philanthropy involved with this company when we evaluate the cost/value of this shoe? I think we do, given that this aspect of their business model is a driving force behind their popularity and success.
Pros
  • Company Matches Shoe Purchases For The Needy
  • Easy On And Off
  • Long-Lasting
  • Breathable Material
Cons
  • Lacking Arch Support

So there you have it! The most popular shoes based on opinions like yours. They are from a vast range of styles and uses that would cover most of the populous. I am not too sure if the younger generation would agree on what we think is popular or cool, but every opinion is personalized.  From slip ons and crocs to a more classic and retro vibe we have tried to give an option for everyone.

Criteria for Evaluating the Best Popular Shoes

Criteria Best New Shoes

Reviews

When looking at popularity, one can’t base it on sales. Not everyone likes what they purchase at the time. However, reviews such as Amazon reviews allow customers to get a first hand, detailed review of most of the products. The popularity of a shoe is based on the number of popular reviews the product gets. In this review, the most popular shoe had over 13,800 reviews!

Another great place to read about how others feel about the shoe you are thinking about purchasing is forums. You can find any and all products out on today’s market being talked about somewhere. You will get the honest bests and worsts about each shoe, boot, kid’s shoes, and even things like shin guards or Cosplay boots.

  • Do not judge a shoe’s popularity based on pure sales. Plenty of consumers give away or return items they have purchased.
  • It’s best to judge based on product reviews. Most sites like Amazon, for example, will allow customers to review the product purchased. More reviews, especially 3 stars and above, the better the product is.
  • Make sure the reviewers have been verified, however. As there are a lot of paid reviewers who aren’t always truthful.
  • Google is your friend. Search for popular products and you’ll be directed to a variety of authority sites where the popular product you desire has been tested and review and some sites give really good and deep reviews.
  • Sites that rank products can help too.

FAQ Best New Shoes

Trends

This list has the depth of time and fashion on its side. Most of the shoes compiled here are time-honored and certainly not “flash in the pan” styles. If you were to search for this list six months from now, it would be very similar to what you see today. However, you never know when a new style will emerge that surprises everyone with its popularity.  

While different generations prefer things a bit differently sometimes, we will continue to keep everyone in mind. Hoping to offer options for every style, further updates will guarantee we stay ahead of the curve in finding you the latest and greatest trends in your footwear.

  • Most popular shoes are trendy shoes that might last a season or two so don’t be surprised to see sites that list such shoes change regularly.
  • The best popular shoes, however, are ones that last a long time. Brands and styles that stay with the consumer base seven, ten, or even twenty or more years.
  • Trends can be segmented by various demographics such as age, gender, or even culture. Keep those keywords in mind when searching for a popular shoe you or a friend might like.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: What is “popularity” exactly?
A: Popularity has been used as a general term to indicate which item is the most sought-after and commonly bought. Because it is something you may never wear, does not mean no one would! Popularity is an overall sorting of top rated shoes, or other items like purses, wallets, watches, even dog boots no matter the age or lifestyle of the buyer.

Q: Why don’t I see Yeezy’s or my Jordans?
A: 
While we understand why these are some of your favorite shoes and we can’t combat the fact that Jordans are popular. This research has shown these to be the most popular. There are literally hundreds of thousands of options when it comes to shoes. Maybe your favorites will make it into our next update.

Q: So, if no shoes I like are on a list does that mean I’m unpopular?
A: Heck no! I would suggest that you get reviewing your favorite kicks and show the world YOUR tastes. Who knows, maybe they will be on the next “best” list out there! Individual style should be that, individual. Be proud of your look and popularity can oftentimes be in the eye of the beholder.

Q: Who decides what is top rated?
A: 
In order to bring you the most comprehensive list, we pull from a multitude of sources before making any final decisions. By seeing what shoes are most talked about, bought most frequently, and have the highest amount of positive ratings, we are able to determine if a shoe is genuinely popular. All the shoes on this list are purchased time and time again by a vast amount of individuals, the majority of which leave positive reviews afterward.

Q: Does Popular Always Mean Good Quality?
A: The answer to this is both yes, and no. While there are popular shoes that may not be the highest quality, the most comfortable, or very durable, the majority of popular shoes will meet certain criteria. If a shoe falls apart within a week or is extremely painful to wear, it is highly unlikely that people will keep buying it and leaving a positive review. That doesn’t mean every pair is going to include the finest leather or be hand stitched, but it is a pretty safe bet that they will feel good and look good on.

Sources

  1. The 27 Most Instagrammed Sneakers in the World, Business Insider
  2. Asics Gel Venture 6 Review, RunnerClick
  3. Sorel Joan of Arctic Review, Busted Wallet


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