LA Curates: 10 Shoe Brands That Men Swear By

Lifestyle Asia editor-in-chief Candy Dizon curates a list of 10 shoe brands that epitomize style, comfort, and quality for the modern man.

In a world where style meets functionality, the right pair of shoes can make all the difference. Editor-in-chief Candy Dizon meticulously curated a list of 10 shoe brands that epitomize style and comfort, from notable streetwear staples to luxurious fashion brands. Whether or not you’ll be using sneaks for your daily workout or if you’re headed to events or a corporate meeting, these brands ensure quality footwear for the modern man.

These shoe brands are not just names, but are acclaimed champions of craftsmanship and excellence, becoming reliable choices for men.

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Dr. Martens

Dr. Martens caters to individuals with eccentric styles and strong self-expression. The brand offers durable, comfortable footwear that signifies attitude and empowerment. They aim to create durable, repairable footwear with timeless designs, all built to last through generations.

The brand also does repair services to refurbish old footwear, using recycled materials and sourcing leather from certified tanneries. They aim to use sustainable vegan materials by 2028 and are currently exploring durable, eco-friendly materials to reduce their environmental impact.


As a renowned shoe brand for years, Adidas is known for blending style, comfort, and performance. It offers a diverse range of footwear for various activities made possible by cutting edge technology and timeless designs. Their mission is to lead the industry as a credible, inclusive, and a sustainable brand.

The brand also strives to be at the forefront of footwear innovation through sustainable practices, collaborations with renowned personalities, and applies advancement, from one pair to another. 

Adidas embraces diversity and inclusivity as well through accommodating versatile foot shapes and sizes. No matter what kind of shoes or what occasion the pair will be used, its quality won’t be a compromise in terms of its durability. 


ON was brought to life with an innovative “running on clouds” concept, leading to high performance shoes with cushioned landings. It is among the shoe brands used and trusted by athletes in more than 50 countries.  

The brand uses key technologies like the CleanCloud system which converts carbon emissions into shoe materials. They also utilize fossil-free materials and circular business models that create high quality footwear with minimal environmental impact.

Their technology, designs, and values make them become one of the most coveted shoe labels in the world.


ASICS is a sportswear provider from Japan and is popular for its high quality athletic shoes. It is an acronym that stands for “Anima Sana In Corpore Sano,” which means “a sound mind in a sound body.” This philosophy guides their commitment to producing sporting essentials enhancing performance and promoting one’s well being as well.

They incorporate features like cushioning and other support systems to provide comfort and reduce instances of injury. 

It is also dedicated to sustainability and community engagement. They use recycled materials in both their products and packaging. The brand also supports sports events and initiatives that promote an active lifestyle. All these factors make it a global favorite among runners, athletes, and fitness enthusiasts.


Nike has grown into one of the most recognized and influential brands in the world, as it constantly thinks out of the box and applies state of the art technologies and designs. Their purpose is to “move the world forward through the power of sports.”

Their commitment to research and development guarantees that Nike not only enhances athletic performances. It also sets trends in the sports and fashion industries.

The brand is also very much involved with eco-friendly practices and social responsibility. It pushes initiatives like the “Move to Zero” campaign, which aims to achieve zero carbon and zero waste in its products and operations.

New Balance

New Balance stands for more than just sneakers. It also champions those who are driven by passion, elevating sports, and eco-friendliness. It supports and inspires people, whether they are professionals, athletes, or individuals who are pursuing healthier lifestyles.

The brand seamlessly blends function and fashion in their products. The materials and methods they use in creating footwear are all thoughtfully crafted. Its environmental missions include cutting down emissions in half by 2030. It also aims to source 100 percent preferred leather and 50 percent recycled polyester by 2025. 


R.A.D. is one of the most trustworthy shoe brands in the global market due to its goals and consciously-produced footwear. They aim to break stereotypes of sports as macho and uninviting which emphasizes its pivotal role in societal change.

R.A.D.’s design philosophy focuses on high performance and culturally-inspired concepts. Their themes fuse inspirations around the mid 90s with a “fascination of the future.”

While they admit that they are not yet fully sustainable, they acknowledge the climate crisis and strive for continuous improvement. They do, however, avoid excessive consumption. 


As a brand, Tod’s embodies a lifestyle that merges timelessness, elegance, creativity, and skill with exceptional craftsmanship. 

The Italian label is globally recognized for its unmistakable, refined appeal. Tod’s crafted genuine modern luxury for both men and women through its collections over the years. 

The company prioritizes preserving artistic and cultural heritage. It also supports initiatives for environmental conservation and community growth. Tod’s as a brand dedicates itself to sustainable supply chains and practices, proving that more than their products, people and the Earth also matter.

Maison Margiela

Maison Margiela’s shoes, according to the brand’s website, are “emblems in their own right.” Their shoe collections consistently evolve its classic trademark while maximizing the bounds of craftsmanship.

Each of their designs highlight deconstructed elements and artistic embellishments that challenges perceptions around footwear, especially for men. Their vast array of shoes show that creative expression is unlimited, while also providing exceptional comfort and wearability.


Transcending trends and products have always been a goal of Prada’s. While its collections primarily consist of clothes, bags, and other accessories, it also provides impeccable selections of footwear for both women and men.

The brand’s novel designs and snugness of their shoes contribute as to why it continues to captivate fashion enthusiasts, trendsetters, or those who just want to indulge in luxurious functionality.

Prada ingrained its values and commitment to green living in its business strategy. They implement their sustainability plans in their packaging, special projects, and conservation efforts. 

Banner photo via Instagram @tods.

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