The Perfect Sneaker For Every Activity

Don’t expect general sneakers to perform well for each different sport you do. Here’s a look at exactly what to buy

Published November 26, 2019 6:10PM (EST)

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Finding the perfect pair of sneakers can feel overwhelming due to the amount of choices out there. If you’re not into shopping or you just want the process to be quick and easy, it can feel intimidating to even start searching for what you’re looking for. But don’t just settle on the first pair of sneakers that look good: if you’re looking for shoes for a particular activity, look for the right ones. You’ll notice a difference in comfort, fit, and performance. Here’s a look at some of the best sneaker to buy for each activity you do. 

For Walking: Brooks Running Addiction Walker

If you’re more into walking than jogging, get yourself a pair of sneakers that make every walk more comfortable. The Addiction Walkers have super soft cushioning and use a support system for arch support. They’re also slip resistant, so you don’t have to worry about falling. 

For Running: Nike Odyssey React Flyknit 2

The ideal running sneakers should be comfortable and lightweight, not painful and constricting. These Nike sneakers offer conforming cushioning that adapt to your feet as you run, breathable fabric to keep you from overheating, and durable rubber for traction. 

For Basketball: UnderArmour Curry 6

Not only are these sneakers colorful and fun enough to stand out anywhere, they were also created in part with Stephen Curry, so you know they have to be good. They’re super lightweight, plus they offer extra support, a full-length speed plate, and plenty of traction.

For Hiking: Salomon X Ultra 3 Mid GTX

They may be a bit of an investment, but if you’re regularly hiking on moderate to tough trails, a good pair of hiking boots is essential. These Salomon boots are comfortable with a lining to wick any moisture away and Gore-Tex to keep your feet dry. There’s plenty of flexibility and support to keep you moving through any terrain without falling or feeling unsteady. 

For Soccer: Nike Phantom Venom Academy FG

These sleek soccer cleats conform to the shape of your foot and instep ridges that help create spin so you can move across the field with ease. They also come in plenty of bright colors, so if you’re worried about destroying a white pair, get the black or neon green. 

For Golf: Adidas Men’s Tech Response Golf Shoes

These lightweight sneakers were made for golf course with ThinTech cleats that offer traction and reduce wear on the green. They’re breathable, comfortable, and will give you plenty of stability for an entire day out on the course. 

For Bowling: Dexter Men’s Ricky IV Bowling Shoes

Sure, you could rent your bowling shoes, but if you’re doing it a lot, you might as well buy a pair that are all your own. These bowling shoes are snug and comfortable and also help keep your feet cool and dry. 

For Tennis: K-Swiss Hypercourt Express

Ideal for spending a few hours on the tennis court, these K-Swiss tennis shoes are very lightweight and are designed to keep your feet lower in the shoes for more stability and traction while jumping and running around. The laces stay tied to keep you safe, and the material helps to keep your feet cool no matter how much you’re sweating. 

For Skateboarding: Vans Men’s Atwood

These comfortable, lightweight sneakers are great for riding around on a skateboard, whether you’re doing it for fun or for sport. They’re also casual and versatile enough to be worn as an everyday sneaker when you’re not looking to dress up. 

By Compiled by Salon staff

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