The 12 Best Men’s Casual Shoes for Fall
Put away your slip-ons and embrace the rich colors and textures of fall
There is no better time of year for refreshing your shoe collection than fall. You could make an argument for spring, sure, when you’re coming off three solid months of boot-wearing and you’re eager to brighten things up as quickly and aggressively as possible. But the great thing about fall is that it invites you to introduce textures — suede, of course, but also anything else that adds depth to your footwear. And when it comes to colors, there’s more room for experimentation than you might be inclined to think. Below, we identify 12 pairs of men’s casual shoes we think you’d be wise to consider this fall.
Adidas Continental Vulc Shoes
At the very beginning of quarantine, I bought a pair of white Continentals, and they’ve been among my most worn shoes ever since. But I’m thinking this green suede interpretation would be a wise upgrade for fall.
Nike Blazer Mid ’77 Vintage Shoes
Honestly, no idea if these are in any way fall-appropriate aside from being awesome, but man, are they ever.
Veja V-10 Mesh Basketball Shoe
Fall is the perfect time for rocking a gum-sole, and we’re particularly fond of this pair from Veja, each pair of which, it should be noted, is made with three plastic bottles. Presumably other stuff, too. But definitely plastic bottles.
Nike Killshot 2 Leather Shoe
We’ve joked quite a bit over the years about the Nike Killshot having become the most capital-B Basic men’s shoe, but there’s something almost impressive about the fact that they’ve leaned into that basicness so hard that they now make the shoe in what is basically a pumpkin spice latte colorway.
Vans Sk8-Hi Pro Shoe
It’s time to put away your slip-ons and your Classics and turn your attention to the venerable Vans Sk8-Hi Pro, done here in a seasonally appropriate tan suede with navy highlights.
Converse Chuck 70 Low Top Shoe
You don’t really need us to sell you on the Chuck Taylor low-top, do you? And you don’t need us to tell you that maroon is, like, top-three best fall colors, do you? Didn’t think so.
Salomon Speedcross 5 Shoe
For those long days out on the trail, exploring a new town or even — wait for it — apple picking, the Salomon Speedcross 5 will keep you comfortable and supported.
Diadora Trident Suede Shoe
Perhaps you’re looking for a premium men’s shoe to get you through fall, and perhaps you’re not confident in your ability to pull off a New Balance 990 without looking like an 80-year-old. Enter the Diadora Trident, which is functions similarly but has far less baggage.
Corridor NYC Recess Runner
New York City’s Corridor entered the shoe game earlier this year with this rich, warm casual number that we think nicely echoes the Puma Classic and the New Balance 574, but without any of the overt branding.
Everlane The Forever Shoe
Staying true to the brand’s minimalist ethos, Everlane made this simple canvas low-top men’s shoe with just enough heft to it that we think it would work perfectly for fall.
Karhu ChampionAir Shoe
The Karhu ChampionAir looks, in the best way possible, like something Richard would have worn on SIlicon Valley. Beat up khakis and hoodie sold separately.
New Balance 997 in Incense with Tidepool
Of course, Todd Snyder and New Balance teamed up for the perfect men’s shoe. Nice tan suede, a felted gray heel counter, plus some pops of color in case you’re looking to be reminded of springtime.
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