Decades ago, gum-soled sneakers were pretty standard. But then they disappeared for a while, eventually returning on the feet of skaters. Which makes sense. Those thick, natural rubber soles can take a beating and provide ample grip—which comes in handy whether you're riding your board or simply running around town. Put simply, gum-soled kicks feel good on your feet. They're comfortable, supportive and functional. And what's more, the darker contrasting sole tends to give the shoe an elevated, luxurious vibe. So if you want to add a subtle athletic vibe to your outfit with some sneakers you can wear with shorts, jeans and even darker dress pants, then you'll want some gum.