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.

Featured Recommendations

Toms Classic Canvas
  • Toms Classic Canvas
  • 5 out of 5
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  • Exceptionally Flexible
  • Ultra Lightweight
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Converse All Stars
  • Converse All Stars
  • 4.9 out of 5
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  • Iconic Look
  • Versatile Wear
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Crocs Classic Clog
  • Crocs Classic Clog
  • 4.9 out of 5
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  • Superior Comfort
  • Easy to Clean
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The shoes that top the list of most popular shoes is made up of all sorts of footwear. One might think that it would be just the skateboard shoes or the Jordan high-tops that 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.

 

10 Best Popular Shoes

 

1. 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
  • Driven to Spread Goodness
  • Simple
  • Quality Construction
  • Supreme Comfort
  • Very Lightweight
Cons
  • Flat Soles
  • Lacking Arch Support

2. 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
  • Comfortable for Daily Wear
  • Multi-Use
  • Trendy
  • Iconic Style
Cons
  • Durability Issues

3. Crocs Classic Clog

You are either on one side or the other in the everlasting “Crocs” debate. Croc lovers will defend the comfort and simplicity of the #3 shoe yet, the haters will still use words like “ugly” and roll their eyes as a pair walk by. Nevertheless, the popularity of this shoe has increased exponentially since its inception.
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Signature Style
This Colorado-based shoe company designed the first Croc in 2002. Their idea was to create a simple, slip-on shoe akin to those you may see in Holland’s footwear years gone by. The foam clog in its initial creation was designed for the fishing industry. After they caught on by the masses, Crocs could be found all over the world.

Foundation
When Crocs were founded, they bought the rights to Croslite patents creating a clog that is made of a closed cell resin. The science behind it is most commonly known as “injection molded EVA”. Many professions such as kitchen staff and nurses have adopted this footwear and are reaping the benefits of it’s design.
Many others, however, wear their Crocs for just kicking around or walking to work!

Cost and Value
Crocs shoes are as simple AND as complex as they come, so defining cost and value is difficult. However, for a standard pair costing only fractions of so many other shoes available to the consumer, the cost is a check in the WIN column for sure. Value to many, is also high, as their functionality is unsurpassed providing comfort, healing properties and ease of use. Now, if some could only get over the look of them!
Pros
  • Exceptional Comfort
  • Multi-Use
  • Very Breathable
  • Durable Design
  • Slip Resistant
Cons
  • No Ankle Support

4. Asics Gel Venture 5

4. Asics Gel Venture 5
This is the first running shoe on the list of overall popularity and it seems fitting that the shoe is made by Asics. Steeped in tradition, this “all around” shoe is a cornerstone of the running division at the Asics corporation.
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Overall Design
This shoe is all about the basics of running. From cushioning to support, Asics has you covered. Most of the magic happens under your foot. The EVA rubber sole has the density needed to stabilize the rocking motion of your foot as you run. Add to that the Gel cushioning on the heel-striking area of the foot and you are running on a well-structured cloud.

Variety of Style
The logo that is uniquely Asics is very easily noticed within the running world. Much like Converse and Nike, Asics has a fashionable side to it as well were their logo pulls as much respect in both markets. The range of Asics brands is what powers their popularity. For those running their first 10k race to the top 5 finishes of the New York Marathon, there will be many an Asics shoe among them.

Cost and Value
For the Gel Venture 5, cost and value analysis is easy. You are getting a solid entry level running shoe for the same amount as many fashionable sandals or heels. Wear on the Gel Venture 5 is consistent and long lasting so, it is a very decent investment for their use.
Pros
  • Excellent Support
  • Great Value
  • Durable Construction
  • Superior Traction
  • Lightweight
Cons
  • Narrow Toe Box

5. New Balance MX608v4

5. 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

Suede upper

Low top

EVA footbed

Cons

Bit wide

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
  • Simple
  • Ease of wear
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile
Cons
  • Doesn't Wash Well

7. Skechers Go Walk

7. 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
  • Ease of Wear
  • Price for the Value
  • Supreme Comfort
  • Very Lightweight
Cons
  • Mature Styling

8. Easy Spirit Traveltime

8. 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
  • Stylish
  • Fun designs
  • Well Built
  • Easy On Easy Off
Cons
  • Tends to Slip

9. Teva Tirra

9. Teva Tirra
It is no surprise that Teva has found its way to this list. Teva sandals have been found worldwide since 1982 when its creator saw a hole in the market for rafters and water-like sports. Fast forward 30+ years and you will see a company that has changed and adapted to the wants and needs of this niche market.
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2 Layer Sole
The design of the Tirra Athletic sandal is all about the sole that comes in 2 layers. The outer sole is constructed to have a good grip on surfaces. The inner is a soft and supple surface with micro ban-zinc to reduce odor. What secures the foot to the sole is the ever-recognizable 3 strapping system that gives Teva their famous design.

Recognizable
No one ever has thought that Teva sandals were stylish. However, they are recognizable and thus popular by default. If you are canyoning and are having a tough go of it but a couple wiz by you with ease, we as a society tend to research the cause of such superiority. If they were using Teva Sandals, then there is your popularity!

Cost and Value
This is a no-brainer. Short and simple, there is a chance that you will not outlast your Tevas. Known to go and go and go, these sandals will outlast your adventurous side.
Pros
  • Durable Design
  • Exceptionally Functional
  • Extremely Comfortable
  • Secure Closure
Cons
  • Uncomfortable Ankle Strap

10. Sanuk Yoga Flip-Flop

10. Sanuk Yoga Flip-Flop
A hearty welcome to Sanuk’s second entry into the top 10 most popular shoes. At first glance, this shoe looks like the number 6 entry on this list but surprisingly it is quite different. Comfort is again the mantra for this brand. 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 and is the only brand that has hit this list twice.
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Simplistic
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. Even more simple than the other Sanuk on this list. Keeping with their “lo-fi” mantra, you will be enjoying the luxury of a padded yoga mat footbed which is close to double the thickness of its sister shoe the Yoga Sling.

Step Above Average Flip Flops
Style always has a goal regardless of its function or purpose. With the Sanuk Yoga Mat Flip-flop, fall short in style when compared to the Yoga Sling style. Narrower, more rigid bands hold your foot in place while still looking a step above just a regular flip-flop.

Cost and Value
Cost and value on this one can be seen simply by the branding on the sandal. At the lower end of the cost scale for sandals, one could say it is a decent buy. The key factor is quality construction and Sanuk has proven themselves over the years! This goes for most of its models and lines.
Pros
  • Simple Design
  • Ease of wear
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile 
  • Comfortable Cushioning
Cons
  • Lack Support

So there you have it! The most popular shoes based on people’s 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.

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.

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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.


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