Next Generation Sneakers

The most comfortable kicks you could wear.


At this point, it's fair to say that the more a sneaker resembles a sock, the more interested I tend to be in buying a pair. From Nike Flyknits to Yeezy Boosts, it seems like leather is becoming more and more irrelevant when it comes to casual kicks and sneakers fit for the gym. But it's not just the big brands making these next generation sneakers—new, niche brands are debuting interesting styles from unconventional materials. Herewith, two recent discoveries that are definitely worth trying on.


$90 by
Native Shoes

"If Nike Made Crocs"

Let in the light. A peek inside the sneaker's breezy, breathable interior.

That was the first impression I had when I was first introduced to Native's new minimalist Apollo Moc XL. Lightweight and well-ventilated, the laser-etched microfiber slip-ons basically never need to be tied and the shock-absorbing EVA outsole offers plenty of cushy comfort when walking. They're the type of shoe that looks great with your joggers or shorts of all kinds. The fact that they can easily take getting wet makes them ideal for spring and summer. And trust us, once you pull a pair on, you're not going to want to take them off.


You Want Wool Sneakers

See it in motion: an unprecedented level of comfort and range of motion.

You just don't know it yet. Turns out, merino wool might just be the perfect shoe material. It naturally regulates temperature (meaning it keeps your feet cool in the heat and warm in the cold), it wicks away moisture to keep your feet dry and it's also naturally antimicrobial so it minimizes odors. Which is why Allbirds, who launched earlier this month, crafts their all-natural runners from a unique merino wool. Unlike the wool you may be used to, this merino is made from fibers five times smaller than a human hair—which means they're insanely soft without a hint of itchiness. Flexible, breathable and made to be worn sockless, the shoes come with a 30-day trial but we don't think you're going to need it.

$95 by Allbirds


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