The Best Sportstyle Shoes to Shop Now (2022)

“Sportstyle” is a category of running shoes that has popped up in the last few years from legacy shoe brands like Asics, Salomon, Saucony, and more. What are sportstyle shoes, you ask? Think of them as running shoes with a streetwear flair; the athleisure of footwear. Many sportstyle shoes are really just heritage designs from a brand’s vault—performance shoes that runners wore twenty or thirty years ago with small tweaks, be they aesthetic or technical. Others are completely new designs that just look retro. Below, you’ll find our picks for the best sportstyle athleisure running shoes to shop in 2022.

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Asics Gel-MC Plus

Asics Sportstyle Gel MC

This 1995 sneaker has been redesigned with the midsole technology of the Asics Gel-Cumulus 17.

$100 at Asics

Asics Gel-Kayano 14 RE

Asics Sportstyle Gel Kayano

If you’re planning an urban walking adventure, consider these revamped utility-focused Gel-Kayano shoes.

$150 at Asics

Saucony Originals Grid Web

saucony originals sportstyle shoes

Straight from the year 2000, Saucony’s Grid Web sneaker was one of the OG stability shoes, featuring angled stripes through the midfoot and a soft neoprene heel collar and tongue.

$120 at Saucony

Saucony Grid Azura

saucony originals grid azura unisex

Another high-mileage shoe from the turn of the 21st century, the Grid Azura has thick cushioning and a vibrant, color-block design.

$90 at Saucony

Salomon S/Lab XT-4 Advanced

Salomon Sportstyle Shoes S/Lab Xt-4

You could hypothetically wear these Salomon S/Lab sportstyle sneakers to run UTMB and to the offices of GQ. Not everyone can pull that off.

$242 at Farfetch

Salomon XA Pro 1

Salomon Sportstyle Unisex

If this Salomon shoe looks similar to the Saucony Grid, it’s because they’re both remakes from the early 2000s that emphasize comfort.

$105 at Backcountry

Hoka Mafate Speed 2

Hoka Mafate Lifestyle Trail Shoes

Similar in style to the Saucony Grid and Salomon XA Pro, the Hoka Mafate Speed is a comfort-first shoe with geometric designs. The Mafate is a highly technical trail running shoe too, featuring deep grooves on the outsole to take on a variety of terrain.

$170 at Hoka One One

Nike Zoom Air Fire

Nike Sportstyle Air Zoom Fire

The 90s are back, in running shoe form.

$57 at Nike

New Balance Staud 57/40

New Balance Sportstyle 5740

The original New Balance 574 was a hybrid road and trail shoe that debuted in 1988. Designed in collaboration with womenswear designer Staud, this rainbow 57/40 has 1980s cues like a wavy mudguard and eyerow, plus a super flared outsole.

$140 at New Balance

New Balance Lunar New Year 57/40

New Balance 5740 Lunar New Year

If the bright Staud collab colors aren’t for you, go with a darker color combination with bold contrasts.

$120 at New Balance

Diadora N9002

Diadora Retro Running Shoes

Any Diadora shoe falls into the sportstyle category, if you ask us.

$80 at Foot Locker

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