If you’re on the hunt for a pair of shoes with more flexibility, we’re here to help. Footwear that isn’t pliable enough can be hard on your ankles, feet and shins, leaving you tired and sore even after just a short walk. To ensure you find a style that works for your needs, we did some research and rounded up a few of our favorite flexible men’s shoes for casual everyday wear, running and walking. Each one includes special cushioning and outsole technology, or flexible rubber outsoles, designed to support the natural movement of your foot and facilitate an easier stride.
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1. New Balance 608v5
This New Balance style features an enhanced ABZORB heel pad that offers extra cushioning and flexibility.
Pros: A durable, molded polyurethane insert supplies all-day comfort. Slip-resistant traction outsoles with flex grooves allow you to move more freely. A dual-density collar featuring foam helps prevent ankle irritation. These come in eight colors and three widths to choose from.
2. Altra Torin 4
These runners have balanced cushioning, which places your heel and forefoot the same distance from the ground to improve form and reduce impact.
Pros: FootPod outsole technology maps the bones and tendons of your foot to help it bend and move naturally. A sizable FootShape toebox design lets your toes relax and spread out naturally for enhanced comfort and stability. Lightweight, plush Quantic midsoles cushion your every step. They come in three colors.
3. Clarks Grandin Plain Oxford
This pair of sleek oxfords has a removable Ortholite footbed and Cushion Soft foam layers underfoot for top-level comfort.
Pros: They’re available in black suede or dark tan leather. Rubber outsoles provide durable flexibility.