13 men’s casual shoes you can wear anywhere

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Men’s casual shoes for every laid-back look

A superb, casual men’s outfit can be tied together or elevated with the right pair of shoes. However, unless you have a spacious closet and unlimited budget, it can be tricky keeping a pair of shoes on hand for every single laid-back look. That’s why it’s crucial to keep one great pair of all-purpose, casual shoes in your wardrobe. 

Thankfully, there are plenty of excellent options to choose from that are versatile, comfortable enough for long-term wear and classy enough for a cocktail party, first date, work outing or any other casual situation.

Types of men’s casual shoes for everyday wear

  • High-end: This includes shoes that are equally suited for everywhere from the boardroom to the cocktail bar (think casual Oxfords and the like). They may require a significant investment compared to other casual kicks, but they can add an extra element of style elevation.
  • Fashion sneaker: Also known as dress sneakers, this category covers the sweet spot between high-end and lifestyle shoes — perhaps the strongest class on our list. Not quite as expensive as high-end casual shoes, you can find these sneakers from many fashion brands, footwear-specific brands and other familiar labels. Loafers and boat shoes are included as well. 
  • Lifestyle: Many brands that are associated with standard streetwear or sneakers also feature lifestyle models that are great for everyday wear, including casual work Fridays and mid-scale dining — not to mention hitting the town with your friends and family.
  • Budget-friendly: If you want to save a few bucks without sacrificing quality, there are plenty of dual-purpose casual men’s shoes that won’t break the bank. With proper maintenance, a high-quality and inexpensive pair can stand out in a crowd and be wearable for a long time.

What’s the best men’s casual shoe to buy?

Top men’s casual shoes

Hugo Boss Men's Saturn Profile Low Top Sneaker

Hugo Boss Men’s Saturn Profile Low Top Sneaker

This low top is one of the most versatile and attractive casual sneakers you can find. Available in a few simple and timeless colorways, there’s a perfect match to most laid-back outfits — not to mention a cushy ultra-light memory foam insole that provides comfort and breathability.

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Top men’s casual shoes for the money

Jousen Men’s Memory Foam Oxford Sneaker

Jousen Men’s Memory Foam Oxford Sneaker

These inexpensive, casual shoes have the look of a high-end, casual sneaker at a great bargain price. With its high-quality construction, comfort and visual appeal, this model holds its own. It’s available in a variety of colors.

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Top high-end, casual shoes and fashion sneakers

Carlos by Carlos Santana Men's Gabor Sneaker

Carlos by Carlos Santana Men’s Gabor Sneaker

This shoe is visually unique and inspired by classic espadrilles. It features an interwoven genuine leather upper, a lightly-cushioned footbed and gum rubber outsole, and it’s bound to make an impression wherever the music takes you.

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Johnston & Murphy Men's McGuffey Plain Toe Shoe

Johnston & Murphy Men’s Holden Plain Toe Shoe

From one of Nashville’s finest, this simple shoe features gray, full-grain leather on the outside and a leather performance, fabric-covered and cushioned insole. It has a classic look that goes well with socializing on a patio.

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Cole Haan Men's Grand Series Jensen Sneaker

Cole Haan Men’s Grand Series Jensen Sneaker

With its ombre blue leather upper, the Jensen is sure to add a subtle pop of color to any well-matched outfit. It also features an OrthoLite insole that provides enhanced breathability, cushioning and durability.

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Sperry Men's Hampden Venetian Loafer

Sperry Men’s Hampden Venetian Loafer

If a slip-on is more your style, these Sperry loafers look dressy on the outside while feeling slipper-soft on your feet. Available in a few colors that range from executive class to outdoor adventure, these will keep you feeling casual all day long.

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Top casual lifestyle shoes

Puma Men’s Roma Basic Sneaker

Puma Men’s Roma Basic Sneaker

For the sneaker lovers, the Puma Roma is a time-honored classic for its versatility and style. The synthetic leather upper and rubber sole are easy to keep clean, while a cushioned midsole and arch support make them comfortable. It’s equally well-suited for the modern open office and a night on the town.

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Polo Ralph Lauren Men's Faxon Low Sneaker

Polo Ralph Lauren Men’s Faxon Low Sneaker

With its cross between fashion sneaker and boat shoe, the Faxon is an excellent choice for warm weather wear. It has a 96% canvas upper, making it breathable and comfortable.  Minimalist and classic, the Faxon offers style fit for all occasions.

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Converse Unisex's Chuck Taylor All Star Core Ox Sneakers

Converse Unisex’s Chuck Taylor All Star Core Ox Sneakers

The iconic Converse shoe may have been designed for basketball a century ago, but today they are much more familiar as a modern fashion statement. They land on the casual side pretty firmly, but a clean pair of All-Stars always attracts attention. However, if you have flat feet, consider something with more arch protection.

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TOMS Men's Alpargata Loafer Flat 

TOMS Men’s Alpargata Loafer Flat 

This TOMS shoe is a modern take on a classic casual loafer that pairs well in the business-casual world as well as it does with everyday life. The canvas is breathable, but without significant arch support, you might want to invest in a supportive insole.

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Top casual shoes for the money

Levi’s Men’s Turner Chambray Sneaker

Levi’s Men’s Turner Chambray Sneaker

These low-key sneakers are neutral without looking plain and boring, and they feature a classy chambray upper that perfectly contrasts with brown faux leather accents. The white rubber sole reminds you that these are sneakers meant for action.

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Bruno Marc Men's Rivera Oxford Sneaker

Bruno Marc Men’s Rivera Oxford Sneaker

It’s hard to beat Bruno Marc when it comes to its style-meets-value matrix. The Rivera comes in an array of neutral colors, providing a number of options for matching with business-casual outfits and informal outings alike.

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Steve Madden Men's Fenta Fashion Sneaker

Steve Madden Men’s Fenta Fashion Sneaker

From the company responsible for revolutionizing the modern dress sneaker, the Fenta is both sophisticated and simple. Featuring a chambray upper in blue, grey or black and a plush footbed, this shoe is lightweight and all-day comfortable.

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