The Top Athletic Shoes Built in the USA
The following athletic shoes are all top quality shoes built in the USA. However, everyone’s feet are unique and each shoe fits differently. The so called best shoes won’t do you much good if they don’t fit your particular foot shape. I recommend trying on shoes to find the proper size. With this in mind, I have chosen retailers with a great return policy, competitive pricing, and affordable or free expedited shipping.
Best American Built Athletic Shoes at a Glance
Best All Around Sneakers
New Balance 990v5
New Balance still makes a variety of men’s and women’s classic running shoes in the USA. I’ve owned American made New Balance model 1400, 574, and 990v5 shoes and have found them all to be comfortable and well made sneakers. My shoes pictured (top) on the muddy NaPali Coast Trail are my American made New Balance 1400s. Those with unusually wide or narrow feet will be happy to know New Balance caters to them with multiple widths. I’ve included many different styles of American made New Balance shoes on my Amazon athletic shoe pages which you can see here for men and women. Note, the majority of New Balance shoes are not made in the USA and the US made versions tend to change. New versions of the model 1400 and 574 appear to be imported at the moment. Where to find them:
Best Road Running Shoes
Adidas Speedfactory AM4
The AM4 is a lightweight, ultra comfy, and well cushioned urban running shoe made in Adidas’ Atlanta, Georgia Speedfactory utilizing their latest knit upper and boost sole tech. If you’re looking for a next gen road running shoe made in the USA, the AM4 is probably it. I personally own a pair of AM4s and love them. I would describe the knit uppers as feeling almost like you’re wearing a sock but with a cushioned sole attached. Note, the AM4 has been discontinued but good deals can still be found on Amazon and eBay. Unfortunately I’m unaware of other Adidas shoes that are built in the USA. Where to find them:
Best Hiking Shoes
Keen Men's Braddock
Keen produces a number of American built work boots and shoes including this Braddock low top shoe. Keen is known for roomy toe boxes that allow your toes to naturally swell and expand during a long day on your feet. The Braddock in particular has become a popular American made hiking shoe, thus earning it a well deserved spot on this list. Where to find them:
Best Minimalist Running Shoes
Carson Footwear Racers
Carson makes minimalist, zero drop running shoes which are also popular with cross fit athletes. Their racers can be ordered with a more aggressive tread for trail running or a less aggressive sole for gym and urban use. Where to find them:
Best Diabetic Shoes
SAS makes athletic shoes in the USA that are comfortable, deeply cushioned, and anatomically correct which earns them Medicare diabetic approval. In addition to athletic sneakers, SAS crafts women’s boots, sandals, women’s pumps, men’s oxfords, loafers, and walking shoes. Where to find them:
Best Slip-On Sneakers
Psudo’s shoes are eco friendly slip-on sneakers made in the USA. They’re ultralight, well cushioned all-around, and about as practical as it gets. Notice that the uppers are one piece and that those “laces” are printed on the shoe. Psudo sneakers come in both men’s and women’s styles. Where to find them:
Best Minimalist Iconic Sneakers
SOM (Sense of Motion) Classic Minimalist Sneakers
SOM specializes in zero drop, minimalist shoes that are popular with the barefoot movement. They’re well made and have practical good looks unlike many barefoot style shoes. They come in canvas and artificial leather models. Where to find them:
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