Best Durable Shoes for All Occasions Reviewed & Rated
For those who think in terms of value, a shoe’s ability to last for a decent length of time is everything. Depending on the activity that the shoe is meant to be used for, the time that it will last will vary but in general, it should provide adequate durability for the activity that it’s meant for. If you purchase a pair of running shoes you would like the sole unit (tread) to stick to the ground (much like the cleats) and provide you with adequate grip for the surface that they are meant to be used on. This goes for every shoe on the market and, as we will see throughout this arduously researched guide, is very important.
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Full-Grain Leather Upper
Simple, Refined Design
- Adidas Stan Smith
- Nike SB Bruin Vapor
- Reebok Nylon Classic
- Asics Gel Kayano 25
- Saucony Freedom ISO
- Dr. Martens 1460
- Adidas Ultra Boost
- Converse Chuck Taylor
- New Balance 574
- Nike Roshe One SE
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
1. Adidas Stan Smith
Full-Grain Leather Upper
Simple, Refined Design
Not for Wide Feet
Stan Smith was a tennis player who ruled the court once upon a time. In honor of him, Adidas released a tennis shoe in 1972, which took the fashion world by storm and has been a staple casual design ever since. The Stan Smith is a versatile sneaker that you can wear in all of your everyday outings, with jeans and shorts and skirts and dresses, for an easy, effortlessly cool style.Read more
The Stan Smith has a full grain leather upper, which is one of the reasons why it is such a long lasting option. It has the iconic Adidas three stripes in the side, which are perforated. These perforations offer breathability and proper airflow, to keep your feet cool and sweat-free. Inside the sneaker, there is a leather lining for a healthy foot climate, as well as an OrthoLite interior for shock absorption and moisture-wicking.
You can take the Adidas Stan Smith with you practically anywhere, barring the most formal of occasions. It could even work as a dress sneaker for work if your workplace isn’t too strict with the dress code. If you’re looking for a solid lifestyle option, then look no further than this simple, refined design.
2. Nike SB Bruin Vapor
Genuine Suede Upper
Max Air Cushioning
Foam Outsole with Herringbone Pattern
Skate Shoe Design
Not for Wide Feet
The full name of this design is Nike SB Air Max Bruin Vapor, so you know it comes with the iconic, addictingly comfortable Max Air cushioning. This is, in fact, a skate shoe, which is why it is built to withstand wear and tear and all the tricks and skids skateboarders put it through. It goes without saying that you don’t have to actually own a skateboard to enjoy this gorgeous sneaker.Read more
The SB Bruin Vapor has a genuine suede upper which is both supportive and long-lasting. It has a bootie-style design for good lockdown, so that your foot doesn’t slide around inside it, or that it slips out. The cushioning is, as we mentioned, of the Max Air variety, and it is lightweight and low-profile, providing instant bounce back and energy return. For good traction, there is a foam outsole that sports a herringbone pattern, and for even better board feel the heel of the design is overlaid with rubber.
While all of these details may sound like too much at first glance, here is what you should take away about the SB Bruin Vapor: it is reliable and durable, despite its plush suede exterior, and it is meant to endure a lot more than just simple walks through the park. You will absolutely not regret investing your money in this sleek, elegant sneaker!
3. Reebok Nylon Classic
Suede & Nylon
Ability To Personalize
The Reebok Nylon Classic is on this list for obvious reasons; older designs tend to be more durable than those of today. Reebok equipped this sneaker with a dense rubber layer on the bottom of to act as its outsole. In addition to this, they featured an upper made of a combination of suede and durable nylon materials.Read more
The upper on the Reebok Nylon Classic features a combination of various different materials. For starters, we have a nylon material that acts as its base layer. Reebok also gave the design an upper level of overlays in suede. The use of these materials is what keeps the design from ripping or tearing when presented with any type of challenge. Now, many options have outsoles made from dense rubber; it’s a very common material. The thing that separates the material of other designs and the materials that are found in this specific Reebok sneaker is that it manages to hold up incredibly well against high levels of stress; these sneakers simply don’t wear very easily. The fact that the sole unit is made from a thick rubber material allows it to provide wearers with what they’d need in terms of longevity during use.
The great thing about this being a classic design as well as Reebok is that it is incredibly inexpensive. The materials incorporated into this option allow the Nylon Classic to provide above-average levels of longevity to the wearer and will work spectacularly well for all of your needs.
4. Asics Gel Kayano 25
Sole Isn't Very Flexible
The Asics Gel Kayano is designed to provide stability and comfort to the underfoot. The fact that it provides the wearer with stability hints at something; it has a secure and lasting design. While not all stable options are designed with long-lasting materials, the Gel Kayano 25 is. The stability provided by this option stems from its utilization of the Fluidfit technology in the upper and the Flytefoam material in the midsole.Read more
As you could probably infer from the use of the word “fluid” in the technology's name, the Fluidfit tech provides wearers with a comfortable and snug feel. It’s meant to allow one to comfortably maneuver and have adequate range of motion while doing so. Another great thing about the use of the Fluidfit material is that it is also inherently long-lasting. It will consistently provide wearers with what they need in order to wear the design for long periods of time. The Flytefoam technology incorporated into this design allows it to provide wearers with what they need in terms of both support and comfort. Flytefoam was designed to cushion one’s ride without being in any way flimsy. This was Asics' way of ensuring that they have a material that would last for an adequate period of time and for whatever activity (again, within reason).
The longevity that comes along with the purchase of this design ensures that you are able to receive everything that you need in terms of value.
5. Saucony Freedom ISO
If you’ve never heard of the Saucony Freedom ISO, you’re missing out. Saucony’s footwear is all designed with great care and is meant to give wearers all that they need in terms of longevity. The sole unit of this option alone has what it takes for it to last for periods well-beyond that which you would need. Thankfully, when it comes to footwear designs, Saucony does their best to make it so that their products don’t suddenly just fall apart while in use. They made sure to design their footwear with a lasting and attractive upper as well.Read more
The Freedom ISO has an outsole made with the Tri-Flex technology. It includes a material that is both clear and thick enough to take on whatever one decides is okay to throw at their footwear. With this in mind, Saucony decided to also make the entirety of the sole unit a bit thicker than what you would expect of the material; this adds on even more miles to the design.
Along with a lasting design comes the possibility that the materials in the design are a bit thicker than normal. Thankfully, Saucony decided that it was best to give the Freedom ISO what it needs in terms of both longevity while also keeping it thin and basic enough to last for a decent length of time. With that, the design of the upper is roughly 8/10 of what one could receive with a typical running shoe while also having a lifespan that matches the thick Tri-Flex outsole.
The Saucony Freedom ISO has ample features that will definitely last long enough to make its purchase well worth it.
6. Dr. Martens 1460
Smooth Leather Upper
Heel Loop for Easy Entry
Goodyear Welt Construction
Not the Same as Old Models
Dr. Martens is an iconic brand, one that is especially popular among punk enthusiasts, though of course, you don’t have to go there to enjoy everything this label has to offer. The 1460 is the original Dr. Martens design. It has everything you would associate with the name - the eight eyelets, the smooth leather, the round toe and characteristic stitching in the sole. This is your opportunity to be a little rebellious, a little out of the norm, in the comfortable Dr. Martens 1460!Read more
This design is made from genuine leather and has a lace-up system with eight eyelets. It has a heel loop to make it easy for you to slide in, and an air-cushioned sole to deliver superior comfort. The reason the 1460 is durable is that it was made using the Goodyear welt construction. This means that it can be resoled time and again without risking damage to the design, and it also means that it will last you literal decades!
As all leather choices, the Dr. Martens 1460 requires a little care in the form of cleaning and conditioning, but we feel that it is very little effort to put in for a design as long-lasting as this one. Embrace your punk, non-conformist side and show off your new Dr. Martens boots to the world!
7. Adidas Ultra Boost
What was initially meant to be a design that provides wearers with the utmost levels of comfort, the Adidas Ultra Boost is also an option with supreme levels of longevity as well. This running shoe has a sole unit meant to provide it’s wearers with durability and does so simply because it’s designed from Continental rubber. The upper on this sneaker is also made from Primeknit, which is much, much thicker than the traditional mesh material.Read more
Primeknit is Adidas' answer to those who were worried about their sneaker possibly ripping with constant use. This material is tightly woven and meant to help counteract the looseness that comes with mesh uppers. Not to mention that Primeknit is also highly breathable. For those who didn’t know, Adidas decided that it would be a good idea to partner with Continental tire and design a material that goes into the outsoles of their footwear. This allows the sneakers to have less material actually incorporated into the outsole while remaining extremely lasting overall.
The Adidas Ultra Boost also has a design that makes use of various high-end technologies. Again, this is another design that will provide wearers with the value that they need; even if it’s more expensive than the average.
8. Converse Chuck Taylor
Not for Wide Feet
Now I need you to be honest, have you seen a shoe that performs as well and has a name that is longer-living than the Converse Chuck Taylor? No? Me neither. Not only has the Converse brand been around for a long time but their footwear lasts for just as long. The sturdy rubber outsole, as well as the canvas uppers of these sneakers, are what allows them to last and provide comfort to wearers for so long.Read more
Chuck Taylors have become primarily known as the design for those who would like a decent level of grip for their basketball adventures. Beyond that, they were even used for activities such as skateboarding and running; they are just that useful. This is all possible because of the rubber material that makes up their outsole. Some of you may not know this but, canvas is an exceptionally lasting material. To give you a bit of an understanding of just exactly what this material is, when you hear canvas think of a burlap sack. Tightly woven fibers that make up the upper of this sneaker allow it to provide wearers with what they’d need in terms of durability.
The Converse Chuck Taylor is an iconic design, there's no doubt about it. It is not meant for high-impact activities, but it is versatile enough that you can wear it in practically any casual setting. The Chuck Taylor goes well with all types of outfits, and you will definitely love wearing it day in and day out for seasons to come!
9. New Balance 574
Hrad To Clean
This design will provide you with comfort as well as support for long periods of walking or running; they’re just that good. The New Balance 574 is able to do this because of its heel cushioning as well as the thickly overlayed upper; this design is built to last in all meanings of the phrase. If you’re looking for a sturdy pair of New Balances, don’t hesitate to check these out.Read more
The design of the New Balance 574 is fit with various overlays throughout. These overlays are made from leather and allow the design to provide protection from the environment and wear and tear. The interesting thing about the upper of this design is that it isn’t thick to the point that it doesn’t deliver ample airflow. While the entire sole unit of this sneaker should be discussed, the heel cup is the area that is the most interesting. The heel of the 574 is fit with dense(r) EVA material which provides wearers with comfort as well as adequate cushioning. Another great thing is that the use of this cushioning provides heel support.
This is a solid option for strolling through the neighborhood, for sightseeing and even taking part in light exercise. New Balance 574 has that retro look that we all know and love, and it will keep your feet supported, comfy and happy for many, many years!
10. Nike Roshe One SE
Not Much Arch Support
The Roshe One is a design that has several features which ensures resiliency, comfort, and sleek sporty style. Aside from the longevity of the sneaker, there are other features that it has which stand out, such as its waffle patterned outsole and its phylon midsole.Read more
The outsole of the Roshe One sports the classic waffle pattern. It keeps it from wearing down prematurely and allows it to have a decent level of grip as well. Have you ever walked on clouds before? Probably not. Well, if you’re looking for the next best thing, look no further than the Nike Roshe One. The phylon in the midsole offers a high level of energy return for a long, long period of time.
The Nike Roshe One has a design adaptable to different settings. It is built for running, jogging, and even for regular, everyday activities. It serves both as a great sports sneaker, and a lifestyle one, and you shouldn't waste any time in treating yourself to this sturdy option!
Criteria Used for Evaluation
The materials that a shoe is made of completely matters. The make of the shoe completely decides how much longevity that the shoe will have as well as impact the effect of several other features of the shoe. If you didn’t before, now you see how important it is to own a shoe made of quality and long-lived materials. With that, some materials are just more durable than others. Some are thicker and meant to protect the frame of the shoe while others just aren’t. The shoes on this guide were weighed against the more durable materials and sorted to find the ones that were designed from the higher quality materials.
What’s the use of having a durable pair of shoes if they aren’t in the least bit attractive? The style of the shoe itself was definitely taken into consideration while this list was being constructed. Things such as the shoe’s ability to blend in with the style of clothing in today’s age as well as its ability to blend in with various types of clothing were taken into consideration.
The level of care that was placed into the design of a shoe is one of the main factors that affect its ability to outlast other models of shoe. Seriously, it takes thought to consider all (or most of) the various different possible things that can damage the design of a shoe. It’s up to the designer to prepare for and protect against all of these possible things and the possibility that they occur.
For some reason, many shoe developers confuse the need for comfortable shoes with the need to rid the shoe of all possibilities of being comfortable. For this very reason, the shoes on this list are all sorted and reviewed for their comforting aspects as well. There is no reason why one should have to forfeit comfort for durability.
The price of a shoe can sometimes be a deal breaker. That’s part of the reason why footwear manufacturers invest time and energy into creating cost-effective technologies to incorporate into their shoes to make them durable, long-lived, versatile, and inexpensive.
Durability & Longevity
Footwear, usually, lasts more than a few months, because shoes that are going to fall apart after a few months of use aren’t worth the investment of more than a few dollars. Leather and synthetic overlays can be used to make the shoes more durable without sacrificing flexibility. Firm leather or synthetic uppers provide durability and support.
Great footwear can be used for more than one activity. Walking and running shoes, for example, can be used in some casual sports. Stylish athletic footwear could be used in informal work environments. Sandals can be used in casual and semi-formal settings. The more situations you can use the shoe in, the more value it offers for the price.
Good footwear is easy to maintain and clean. They don’t require a lot of expensive shoe treatments or time-consuming upkeep. Shoes that need a lot of effort, time and money to maintain, don’t sell as well as shoes which are easier and cost less to keep.
As mentioned earlier, removable inserts in footwear make it customizable, but that’s not the only bonus to removable inserts. Removable inserts increase the longevity of the shoe, which is why some come with removable inserts.
A hefty price tag can be a deal-breaker for people on a budget. That’s why many can be found in the low-to-middle price range. They’re affordable, and if they are priced a little higher than others, then they offer many features to make the footwear worth the extra investment.
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If you're not familiar with the term, when referring to footwear, a Goodyear welt construction refers to the way the uppers are stitched to the outsole. It's one of the highest quality methods to help keep the shoe weatherproof, and durable. A strip of plastic, rubber, or leather that runs around the outsole is cemented to the insole, acting as an attach point for the outsole, and the welt is stitched to the upper. This creates the ultimate seal, preventing sole separation over time of wear.
Leather care requires a bit more work than some other materials, but it also extends the life of your shoes. Leather oil helps keep the uppers supple and flexible, and prevents cracking over time, and provides a bit of waterproof treatment. Leather shoe polish helps to retain the color of your shoes so they don't fade.
Other Factors to Consider
As you can probably tell, footwear on this list is all designed to deliver maximum value and quality. These items were weighed by several rigorously researched criteria, which we have all explored in depth.
With that being said, these products will definitely provide you with longevity. For all of us, it is important to have a pair of shoes that don’t need constant repair. We love quality, and we love the knowledge that we won't constantly have to shell out money to replace the models that have broken down faster than we expected them to.
We hope that this guide helped you figure out what you need to look out for in order to get yourself the most long-lasting design you need. So waste no more time - go out there and treat yourself with a durable option as soon as you can!
Frequently Asked Questions
q: What is the most durable shoe brand?
To this question, I would have to say that there isn’t really the best shoe brand anywhere. Many of the shoes on this list and in this world are great at what they do. They are designed with features that allow them to function very well in their respective areas.
q: What is a durable shoe material?
Well, there are a lot of durable shoe materials on the market today. Materials such as leather, nylon, mesh etc. are very good at providing wearers with the longevity that they’d need in order to receive value from their purchase of shoes.
q: What is the best shoe brand for running?
Again, this completely depends on you and the type of running that you’re talking about. If you’re talking about road-running, a good brand to look at would probably be Nike, Altra, and other brands like that. For trails it would be a totally different story; it’s completely up to you.
q: What is the best brand for hiking?
There is no best brand for hiking. I personally find that there are various sturdy shoe designs that would work wonderfully if used on a hiking excursion and probably shouldn’t be overlooked. Look here if you’re interested in viewing those brands.
q: What are a few ways to enhance a shoe’s longevity?
There are actually quite a few ways to ensure that the shoe that you purchased lasts long enough for you to receive any level of value from it. Paying attention to what you’re doing in the shoe and basically being extra careful with it is one way. Another would be to use the protective material on the shoe so as to prevent it from becoming damaged and unusable.