Looking for a cool pair of canvas
From beach-going vacationers to early aughts skater guys, the canvas sneaker has come to represent an effortless sort of practicality.
These days, the casual look of this shoe isn’t associated with any particular style subculture. Sporting canvas
That being the case, more than ever, there’s a huge range of canvas
Here are our top three recommendations from the list:
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Best Men’s Canvas
Here are the 15 best men’s canvas
Everlane Forever Sneaker
The front piece of canvas on Everlane’s Forever Sneaker wraps all the way around, resulting in an upper that’s even cleaner-looking than the average men’s plimsoll.
This is complemented by a thick outsole that neatly folds over the upper. Even the front “grill” of the sole is embossed instead of slapped on for an uninterrupted silhouette.
It’s lightweight, sustainably sourced, and made with 100% organic cotton and natural rubber. Plus, it’s fully recyclable, hence the “Forever” namesake.
The Forever comes in white, black, and a unique-to-Everlane shade called Eucalyptus. It’s a cool “koala gray” hue with subtle green undertones that make the canvas texture pop more than they do on the standard colorways.
Regardless of which color you go for, they’re all conveniently machine washable.
The Koio Portofino is a sleek take on the standard canvas sneaker.
The leather accents on the collar of the shoe, along with the metal hardware and waxed laces, add just enough sheen to complement the overall matte aesthetic and level up the classic look without going off-template.
The front of the shoe is double-stitched, showcasing its fortified construction. These shoes are handcrafted in Italy with recycled organic cotton. The Mist colorway is a distinct light gray with cool undertones.
It can be styled just like any standard white plimsoll but won’t get dirty as easily — or at least as obviously. The Portofinos are unlined to promote breathability, making them an excellent summer shoe.
It has a thick collar that transitions into the back piece of canvas, the six-lacing system, and the cap-style front upper. Still, the double-stitching throughout, waxed lacing, and leather-accented lip offer a more premium build and look.
The Avio colorway is a blue monochrome version that the Portofino doesn’t come in. The color-matched blue outsole almost looks like Vachetta leather, which adds to the high-end aesthetic.
The Capri is also super durable. It’s handcrafted in Italy from sustainable cotton canvas.
Cariuma Catiba Pro
It combines a Tom’s-esque environmental aesthetic with the skater shoe look and tops it off with some brand-specific qualities that also add a premium feel.
The upper, for example, has suede accents which add a subtle topography to the shoe. The Cariuma leaf is incorporated onto the sides of the shoe and as a green attachment on the back outsole. It’s abstract enough that the branding isn’t too in-your-face.
With its triple-stitching, grip-engineered sticky gum outsole, and memory foam insole, this shoe is built to be comfortable and durable. On the style front, it comes in several colors, including red, blue, pink, and the signature white with gum-toned outsoles.
Atoms Model 000
Usually, canvas is made by tightly and plainly weaving yarns together, but the Atoms Model 000 is loose and mesh-like, giving it an almost AllBirds look.
The outsole is plain and thick, and save for the lacing the entire shoe is a simple and athletic monobloc style. Also, with the exception of the black-with-white-sole version, all the colorways are monochrome.
While the design is simple, the Model 000 is packed with cutting-edge shoe tech. The insoles are lined with antimicrobial copper threads that eliminate odor and kill viruses and bacteria.
The proprietary outsole is both cushiony and light. They even have an insanely wide size range, from 3.5 to 15, that includes half sizes and even quarter sizes! Yes, that literally means you can get a size 8, an 8.25, and an 8.75.
Vans Canvas SK8 Hi
The canvas versions of the iconic Vans SK8 Hi are an uncommon offering when it comes to canvas shoes and when it comes to retro-futuristic high-tops as well.
It features the three-layer spaceman pads around the collar and the Vans jazz stripe, on an overall nostalgic and athletic design template.
However, the sturdy canvas construction brings the conspicuous design down to earth. It’s still eye-catching but more versatile than a shiny leather high-top would be.
The signature rubber waffle outsoles provide lightweight traction. This canvas version comes in a few fun colorways, including an all-black, a red, and a navy and black version.
Vans Canvas Authentic
Of course, you can always go for the classic Old Skools, but the Vans Canvas Authentics are comparatively unsung. Yes, they’re another standard low-profile canvas shoe, but it’s one of Vans’ heritage styles, an original in the game.
Rocking a classic and sturdy style, I love the use of contrast accents in almost every colorway — of which there are many. The brighter colors have white contrast stitching throughout and a through-line around the top portion of the outsole where it meets the upper.
The red and blue versions sport red and blue lines, while the others have a black line. Even the black-with-gum-sole version has a black color-matched top outsole. It’s these small touches that make the Authentics a distinct and bang-for-buck canvas sneaker.
Converse Chuck Taylors
Still, the fact they’re all equipped with the All Star license plate and that so many colorways are adorned with recognizable red and blue lines ensures that every version communicates its icon status.
Comfort-wise, it’s a lightweight shoe with medial eyelets for enhanced airflow. If you’re looking for a shoe with lore behind it, the Chucks are an excellent option.
TOMS Carlo Sneaker
You can always turn to TOMS for that casual, slightly bohemian, but not too crunchy look. The Carlo Sneaker has three great qualities going for it.
It’s super comfortable and lightweight, with a custom TOMS rubber outsole and an Ortholite insole that’s made from plant-based recycled materials. This brings us to the second thing; this sustainable shoe is 100% vegan.
Finally, it comes in some thoughtful designs. The white, black, and gray are all monochrome, while the rest feature a tan leather patch on the back.
The slate version has a gum-toned grill as a contrast to the white outsole, and the camo version has a fully gum outsole. Between the options and the ~$50 price tag, the Carlo also has a collectible-quality about it.
New Republic Bowery
With absolutely zero exaggeration, New Republic’s Bowery Sneaker offers outrageous value for money.
The eyelet piece of canvas sinks into the outsole, adding dimensionality without disrupting the extra-flat and sleek aesthetic.
This gives it a classic but not textbook look that’s versatile and easy to wear. The low silhouette isn’t interrupted when you slip your feet in because they sink into the cork insole.
On top of that, they’re super comfortable, with almost no break-in. Did I mention the ~$20 price tag? If you’re looking for an affordable canvas sneaker that balances standard universality with subtle distinction, the Bowery’s do that effectively.
Nike Chron 2 Canvas
The canvas sneaker gets a Nike makeover with the SB Chron 2 Canvas. Imagine if a plimsoll was infused with an Air Force 1 ‘circa ‘07, with a touch of Nike Court Visions.
The back heel and back collar, which sticks up a bit, are extra cushioned, providing you with that Nike-level performance and comfort.
Naturally, each colorway comes with a swoosh on both sides of the shoe, though it’s proportionally smaller than usual, to maintain the minimalist canvas shoe look.
The premium versions come in different and extra-textured heathered colorways for just a few dollars more, each with a bright paisley-like swoosh. The color adds a fun pop, but it isn’t foppish since it’s so small.
Greats Eco Canvas
The Greats Eco Canvas has a really interesting and distinct look about it. It’s slightly thicker than the average plimsoll, especially around the collar, and has a smoother fluffier look as well.
It’s almost like a supple leather shoe, except with the texture and matteness of the canvas.
The upper, lining, and footbed lining are all made from recycled materials and are handcrafted to a near-flawless finish.
This machine-washable shoe boasts a premium EVA footbed that’s extra-cushioned and antimicrobial, making it a practical walking shoe. It comes in navy, all-white, and white with a gum sole.
Maison Kitsune Canvas Sneaker
With very little to work with, Maison Kitsune manages to serve up a fashion-forward and high-end-looking canvas sneaker.
The outsole’s overlay takes up a dramatic amount of room, visible even from a bird’s eye perspective of the shoe. The rubber adds a structural contrast to the tightly-built canvas upper, from every angle.
The fanciful Maison Kitsune logo appears on the patch of the tongue, and on the back of the tonal treaded rubber sole.
It comes in white, black, and a dark navy, each adorned with beautiful gold-toned hardware, which really distinguishes it from the average plimsoll.
Lemaire Canvas Sneaker
Lemaire is known for having brought low-key luxury into Parisian high fashion via their anti-logo, 100% craftsmanship approach. It makes perfect sense that they’d get in on the canvas sneaker game.
Admittedly, they have an in-the-know-cool vibe about them, which is great if that’s what you’re looking for.
Regardless, this sneaker is unfussy, hand-made, and timeless. The canvas is built from fine, expertly-sourced cotton, and the padded footbed is immediately comfortable.
The silhouette is distinct, perfectly shaped in a worn-in luxury kind of way, with a unique treaded gum sole.
Maison Margiela Canvas Sneaker
Construction-wise, the Maison Margiela Canvas Sneaker is meticulously handcrafted in Italy, which means every pair is slightly unique from the other. It’s almost like owning a piece of original art in that sense.
The three-eyelet lacing takes the less-is-more style to the next level, especially with the subtle stitching and thin collar.
It wouldn’t be Margiela without an off-template signature, though, and you’ll find that in the Grecian column style outsole. While this definitely adds a recognizability factor, this shoe is still exceedingly easy to wear and as understated as any classic plimsoll.
FAQs About Canvas
Here are some answers to questions people are asking on the net.
Which Is the Best Canvas Sneaker?
It depends on what you’re looking for. A lot of upper mid-tier brands like Koio make perfectly durable, and well-made canvas
Which Brand Is Best for Canvas Shoes?
If you love brands, Margiela and Kitsune each have high-fashion canvas shoe options. Classic Vans and Converse have both high-tops and low-tops with a wide selection of colors.
Yes, they were meant to be used for sports, so they’re breathable and easy to break-in.
What Are Canvas
The original low-profile canvas sneaker is called a plimsoll, named after the plimsoll line on a ship, which the upper edge of the rubber outsole resembles.
Conclusion: From the Beach to the Court to the Streets
Sure, dress codes can dictate whether or not you shouldn’t wear canvas
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