It doesn’t take a genius to understand why guys would want to find dress shoes that feel like sneakers.
Around here we like to say that shoes are the secret weapon of style:
A sharp-looking pair of dress shoes can elevate your look to the next level, while the wrong pair – or worse, foregoing dress shoes altogether – can significantly dampen your dapperness.
Unfortunately, while dress shoes can significantly enhance your handsomeness, they can also wreak havoc on your feet, back and posture, especially if you’re on your feet for much of the day.
Sometimes they can even be downright painful, causing blisters or creating an acute foot pain in your arches.
Fortunately, shoe manufacturers have (finally) gotten wise to the problem, and have started manufacturing shoes that combine the style and class of traditional dress shoes with the support and comfort of sneakers.
Whether you’re looking for sneakers that look like dress shoes or dress shoes that feel like sneakers, in this post I’ve rounded up more than a dozen different styles that will keep you both well appointed and well supported.
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- 4.9 Stars
- 151 Ratings
Amberjack’s flagship Originals are premium leather dress shoes chock full of comfort features.
The A-grade full grain leather upper gives the shoes a distinct touch of class that can pass muster in offices with strict dress codes.
But the two layers below it are built for comfort.
The midsole features a durable form of memory foam that provides heat-activated arch support triggered by your body heat, while the dual-density outsole combines the flexibility of athletic shoes with the support of hiking boots.
What’s nice about these ones is that they have a relatively low heel when compared to some of the other shoes on this list, making them a little sleeker without sacrificing comfort.
The result is a classic-looking pair of comfortable men’s dress shoes you can wear damn near anywhere.
These shoes are immensely comfortable right out of the box. I have arthritis in my knees. With these shoes there is markedly less pain as I walk. I have already ordered a second pair.
– Arthur H.
- 5 Stars
- 1 Rating
Clark’s Atticus oxford is an excellent blend of style and comfort that hardly looks like a comfort shoe.
The thin (by comfort-shoe standards) rubber soles boast dual-density foam technology that will keep your feet padded all day, while the medal-rated leather upper will make it look like you’re just wearing a regular pair of dress shoes.
I bought Clarks for the support, and as a teacher who is constantly on his feet,
I appreciate the support and comfort that Clarks is known for providing!
Wolf & Shepherd
- 5 Stars
- 63 Ratings
Another entry from Wolf & Shepherd, the wingtips combine the same comfortable tech that makes the Longwings above such a stand out with the classic style of brogues.
Wingtips are generally considered a slightly more casual look than other types of dress shoes, which lends itself well to the cross-over sneaker model and its padded soles.
As with the Longwings, the toe shape is on-point here and the leather is high-quality, making these a great alternative for those who prefer the wing-tipped look.
Plus, Wolf & Shepherd donates a portion of sales to the Steve Nash Foundation, which helps make underserved children healthier and happier.
Beautiful shoe and super comfortable. You can wear them with anything from jeans to a suit. I ordered a 1/2 size up, perfect fit.
Johnston & Murphy
- 4.5 Stars
- 126 Ratings
J&M’s XC4 Elkins wintip has all the style of a sophisticated pair of brogues and all the comfort that their XC4 line has become known for.
The padded sole provides support in all the right places while the sleekness of the design makes these great for formal occasions like weddings when you might be on your feet for a long time.
I walk to work and use a standing desk so my shoes can take a beating. These are very comfortable and finally there is a dress shoe in the XC4 line.
– Anthony F.
- 5 Stars
- 1 Rating
Clark’s brogued Chantry model is another pair that combines the masculine style of wingtips into stylish and comfortable shoes.
Available in four different colors, it’s lined with sheepskin on the inside and comes with Clark’s Extralight EVA midsole, making it hard for even the best sneakers to compete with it when it comes to comfort.
I bought this pair for work and I have received nothing but compliments. Great quality, feel and look. Highly recommended.
- 4.8 Stars
- 681 Ratings
Long known for their comfy and high quality shoes, Cole Haan makes some of the best men’s dress shoes and dress boots.
So it’s no surprise that their ØriginalGrand wingtips are not only one of the best looking pairs of shoes on the market today, but one of the most comfortable.
They combine a buttery leather upper – available in six colors – with an EVA midsole and rubber outsole that provides responsive cushioning and natural flexibility when you’re on the move.
These Cole Haan shoes are excellent. They are lightweight, fashionable, and well made. Though they are light, they are as sturdy as my Allen Edmonds.
At my daughter’s wedding two weeks ago, I wore them from 2 pm to 5 am, and my feet never complained. And my daughter complimented me on my footwear!
I am now a fan of Coe Haan, and look forward to my next pair.
– John A.
- 4.5 Stars
- 640 Ratings
The perfect blend of waling shoes and dress shoes, Rockport’s Essential Details wingtip is designed to stand up to the elements.
Combining a classic brogued leather upper with a cushioned footbed made from the same adiPRENE tech that Adidas uses, it conform to your feet to provide a strong level of comfort.
Plus, it uses HydroShield waterproofing to keep the elements out and your feet feeling dry, making these as good for pounding the pavement on the way to work as they are on unforgiving concrete floors.
These shoes are unbelievable. I’m thinking of buying two more pairs in case Rockport goes out of business.
They look like normal dress shoes and very professional BUUUUUT they feel like tennis shoes. Mega comfortable and gets compliments routinely at work.
GH Bass & Co
- 5 Stars
- 1 Rating
For those who prefer slip-on dress shoes, GH Bass & Co’s Larson combines the classic desing of a penny loafer with a cushioned footbed that’s (almost) worthy of New Balance.
They have a chunky and thick sole that provides a lot of comfort, but also gives the shoes a hearty, kick-ass-and-take-names vibe.
And they’re further distinguished by the reddish hue of the wine color, which is more distinct (and in my opinion, more dapper) than a standard brown dress shoe.
Awesome Loafer! I absolutely love these shoes. They fit great right out of the box.
They look great and are super comfortable. Highly recommend.
Johnston & Murphy
- 4.5 Stars
- 25 Ratings
Johnston & Murphy’s Cody Longwing is a good alternative to the Elkins model listed above, and is arguably even more handsome.
The full-grain leather upper comes in a rich brown color, while contrast cross-stitching connects the comfortable rubber lug sole, resulting in a shoe that’s as easy on the eyes as it is on the feet.
Love this shoe like no other. The most supportive/comfortable shoe I’ve ever worn and at a very fair price point.
I own several styles and am considering their new golf shoes.
- 4.3 Stars
- 20 Ratings
Best known for their comfortable walking shoes, I’ll be the first to admit that Hush Puppies isn’t the first brand that comes to mind when you think of the best men’s dress shoes.
But they’ve always been experts when it comes to providing a comfortable fit, and their full-grain leather Bennet oxfords provide the right look for stepping up your shoe game.
The flexible uppers are made with the company’s “PerfectFit Stretch System” that’s designed to hug your foot snugly, while the five-pod outsole provides more than enough comfort for all day wear.
Super comfortable sporty meets professional shoe.
I was waiting for the Bennett’s to come out for months and they did not disappoint.
My job consists of being on my feet constantly so I need a shoe that looked the part but also was comfortable.
- 4.8 Stars
- 9 Ratings
Another stylish entry from Cole Haan, the Grand Ambition Postman model is about as sleek and stylish as dress shoes come, while still offering a ton of comfort and support.
What’s cool about these ones is that they give the simplicity of the design gives the impression that the whole thing is made from a single piece of leather, making them look more like formal dress shoes than comfortable hybrids.
But make no mistake: with an EVA outsole and anatomically contoured footbed, the comfort is definitely there.
I am very pleased with these shoes for the look, fit and feel. They are so comfortable.
– Keith K.
- 4 Stars
- 4 Ratings
Quite possibly the most comfortable cap toe on the market, Clark’s Un Tailor model pairs perfectly with formal wear like a suit or tuxedo (when all the other guys are trying not to think about how much it hurts to wear monk straps).
With a dual-density Ortholite footbed, high-rebound EVA sole and the type of heel that’s designed for shock absorption, they’ll keep you comfy without sacrificing any style points.
My dad got this for me and i wear it to school, i’ve had it for almost 2 years and it still feels as comfortable as when he bought it.
- 4.5 Stars
- 43 Ratings
Ecco’s one of the most trusted names in comfortable footwear for decades, so it’s no surprise that they also make one of the most comfortable dress shoes on the market.
What might be surprising, however, is just how damn dapper they look.
Available in either all black or the eye-catching oxblood color pictured above, they combine a shock-absorbing outsole with a refined and sophisticated toe shape, in addition to a handsome broguing pattern.
The result is a remarkably stylish dress shoe from a brand that’s more traditionally known for making the best work shoes for retail and other standing-intensive jobs.
They are beautiful so many compliments they are very comfortable and true to size.
- 4.4 Stars
- 1,139 Ratings
It’s certainly not the most unique look, since both the design and fit of the shoe look suspiciously like Cole Haans.
But these are nonetheless solid crossovers that will work both at the office with a nacy suit, and with jeans for happy hour at the end of the day.
Plus they’re available in a whopping 11 different color options, making it easy to find not only the right size, but the right style to suit the rest of your wardrobe.
I was a bit skeptical when I ordered these. I have worn traditional leather sole shoes for ten years and the wear and tear on my knees and back was just too much.
I work in finance and a friend recommended I look for something easier on the feet. I found these and have been very pleased. So much more comfortable than my other shoes.
- 4.7 Stars
- 29 Ratings
Another solid option from Rockport, these ones are styled after a plain toe Derby, rather than a wingtip like the Essential Details model above.
In addition to a more streamlined look, they come in a wider variety of styles.
You can get a suede upper in two different colors (beige or the blue pictured here), a brown version with white outsole, or a sleek all-black option that makes it look like a more formal shoe.
Best shoe I’ve ever owned…
…Shoe looks gorgeous and perhaps even designer. The fit and comfort is what you know from Rockport which is the best. I could not have found a better shoe...
- 4.4 Stars
- 2,570 Ratings
This option from Bruno Marc combines a 100% premium leather upper with a lightweight and durable MD outsole that provides plenty of comfort.
It also happens to have a one-inch heel height, which
short vertically challeneged guys like me certainly appreciate!
These shoes are just what I wanted. They are comfortable and light. I wanted a shoe that was different and these fit the bill.
They are casual but can be worn with slacks for a formal look. The price is a fantastic value. And let me add, they are well made. I would buy again in a flash.
- 4.2 Stars
- 631 Ratings
This shoe from Arkbird leans a little more toward sneaker territory, but the wingtip/broguing pattern around the toe cap helps elevate it, making it perfect for pairing with a business casual get-up.
These shoes are wonderful. At this price point I wasn’t expecting much to be honest but they had so many positive reviews online that I decided to try them out.
From the attention to detail to the padding inside they are as good as shoes 2 to 3 times the cost.
- 4.5 Stars
- 55 Ratings
This derby from Bruno Marc has a sleeker look than the wingtip Bruno shoe above thanks to a plain toe and a thinner sole that keeps it looking more sophisticated.
I love these shoes! Perfect fit, very comfortable and look so good; I’m very pleased.
- 4.4 Stars
- 4,117 Ratings
This sneaker from Vastey has just enough sleekness that it can pass a dress shoe, but there’s a slight caveat here:
The thick, flat shoe laces give it away as a sneaker.
Swap them out for a thin pair of dressier laces and these will all of a sudden look like a thick-soled pair of oxfords.
Comfortable fit and professional look. I wanted some classy yet comfortable shoes for business travel. These fit as expected and I wear size 10.
They are really comfortable so far and hold up well to walking around the city. I have received so many compliments.
– Sunshine Mel
- 4.3 Stars
- 325 Ratings
With thick rubber soles and an eye-catching navy blue color, these handsome, hearty brogues from Nine West are to the modern man what wingtips were to the English hunting parties who first started wearing them:
The perfect shoe for trudging through the elements while still looking sharp as hell.
I bought these for my boyfriend to wear with his suits for his job where he is on his feet ALL DAY.
These are beautifully made and have all the class of a wingtip shoe, but with a sleek sneaker sole.
- 4.6 Stars
- 1,178 Ratings
Yet another solid option from Rockport, this one might just be the sleekest of the bunch, particularly in the cognac color pictured here, which gives the leather a buttery soft, supple look.
I purchased these and a competitors brand in an old fashioned stand off. These won easily on comfort, looks AND price.
– Mark S.
- 4.4 Stars
- 936 Ratings
This sharp-looking pair from Jousen is available in six different colors and comes in either a brogued or plain-toe version, providing lots of options to suit just about any style.
These were an amazing value. They look great and feel great. I’m on my feet all day and they do not hurt my feet like my last shoes did.
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