There are the sort of sneakers you’ve grown accustomed to seeing over the years — with a bevy of limited releases and special-edition drops arriving by the day — and then, there are sneakers that subvert the new normal and harken back to a simpler time. We’re talking about retro-inspired sneakers that look more like old-school kicks than you might be used to seeing and wearing these days.
Let’s get even more specific: We’re talking about court shoes, which can be used to refer to sneakers originally worn on the basketball or tennis court (but more often, in between the lines of a tennis court). Either way, court sneakers are sporty, durable and well-made, and in this day and age, they’re also a uniquely premium lifestyle sneaker. Many of the best court shoes for men use top-notch suede or leather, paired with cool-as-heck accents for a pair of kicks that are as fresh as can be. What does that mean for you? It means that they will wear readily with slim chino shorts or a polo as readily as you can rock ‘em with faded blue denim and a chambray shirt. Start with our top 10 picks for the best court shoes right now.
Greats The Court Shoe
We love Brooklyn’s own Greats for several reasons, namely because they take the finest materials and construction, then deliver sneakers at prices that put larger retailers to shame. You very well might be familiar with the high-top iteration of the Greats Court Sneakers, but the low-cut, basketball-inspired Court Shoes are as good as it gets to head from summer into fall.
Nike Killshot 2 Leather Sneakers
If you’ve been on the hunt for retro sneakers that look great with darn near everything in your wardrobe, the Nike Killshot has likely come across your field of vision in the past several years. Meet the Nike Killshot 2 Leather Sneakers, an excellent and much-lauded revamp of the fast-selling Nike Killshot. Snag them at the right time (ASAP), then wear them with tan chinos and a white Oxford shirt for “killer” daily style.
Everlane Court Sneaker
We’re big fans of what Everlane has been cooking up, from the sustainable brand’s focus on everyday essentials (the Uniform Collection) to its emphasis on good-looking, eco-friendly footwear to pair with those style staples. The Court Sneaker is the latest edition to the brand’s line of stylish sneakers, and you should go right ahead and pick up at least one pair given the cool color options.
Reebok Club C Revenge Shoes
When it comes to court sneakers, the athletic, sporty silhouette shot to popularity in the ‘80s, which is right about the time when Reebok began popping up just about everywhere on the feet of stylish tastemakers. The Club C Revenge Shoes channel this aesthetic perfectly, what with contrasting stripes and a contrasting rubber sole.
Seavees Westwood Tennis Shoe Standard
SeaVees has been making cool-as-heck sneakers for years, with old-school inspiration solidly at the forefront of every collection — no wonder its designs work as well on the boardwalk as they do at a brewery. The Westwood Tennis Shoes, made with suede details and a salt-washed canvas upper, are a perfectly easygoing pair of athletic-inspired sneakers to shake up your daily uniform.
Cole Haan GrandPrø Rally Court Sneaker
The folks at Cole Haan blend modern performance and comfort with the design stylings of a court sneaker, and it’s all done up in a way that stands apart even among the best court sneakers for men. The GrandPrø Rally Court Sneakers are available in leather iterations like British Tan or Optic White, the better for expert transitional style.
Adidas Team Court Shoes
Leave it to Adidas to come up with a proper pair of court shoes seemingly pulled straight from the 1980s. Given the burgundy accents and sharp white leather design, we can see these stylish kicks working easily with light wash denim and a fresh white tee for standout style that lets the sneakers do the talking (as they certainly should).
Nike Court Vintage Premium Shoes
The great thing about ‘80s style inspiration is that on-court tennis icons often looked as great as they played. That’s what works so well when it comes to the design inspiration for the Nike Court Vintage Premium Shoes. These are a lifestyle pair of sneakers made with a soft cushioned sockliner for all-day comfort, especially when worn with olive chinos and an indigo denim shirt.
Rancourt & Co. Court Classic 2.0
Rancourt does things the old-fashioned way, and these days, that means this family-owned business and Northeast style favorite takes extra care in crafting the best men’s boots — and of course, sneakers like these. The Court Classic 2.0 Sneakers are made with the exact same craftsmanship and quality as stellar Rancourt boots, so call it a 2-for-1 deal. You’re getting both classic design and timeless craftsmanship with these iconic sneakers, and that’s just the way we like it.
Adidas Originals Stan Smith Shoes
No piece on the best men’s court sneakers is complete without the iconic, utterly memorable, and classic Adidas Originals Stan Smith Sneakers, a shoe that’s had quite the resurgence over the past decade or so. They’re now a certified menswear favorite of fashion designers and stylish guys alike — yourself included. What’s more, they simply look great with retro sport shorts, slim chinos, light wash denim, and, well, just about any other pairing you’ve got in mind.
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