The 12 Best Men’s Sneakers for Fall
Put away your slip-ons and embrace the rich colors and textures of fall
This article is part of our Fall Style Guide, a fortnight-long series aimed at helping you figure out how to dress for the coming season, which, as we’ve become accustomed to saying, is going to be quite like any that came before it. At least you’ll look good, though, right?
There is no better time of year for refreshing your sneaker 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 10 pairs of sneakers we think you’d be wise to consider this fall.
Adidas Continental Vulc Sneakers
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
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 Sneaker
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
We’ve joked quite a bit over the years about the Nike Killshot having become the most capital-B Basic men’s sneaker, 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
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
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
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
Perhaps you’re looking for a premium sneaker 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 sneaker 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 Sneaker
Staying true to the brand’s minimalist ethos, Everlane just released a simple canvas low-top with just enough heft to it that we think it would work perfectly for fall.
Karhu ChampionAir Sneaker
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 Tddd Snyder and New Balance teamed up for the perfect fall sneaker. 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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