Dress Sneaker FAQs: What is the defining characteristic of dress Sneakers?

A dress sneaker combines the best of both worlds—it features the comfortable rubber/EVA sole of a sneaker, while sporting the refined, minimalist design typical of a classic dress shoe. So, 'oxford sneakers', 'derby sneakers', 'monk strap sneakers', and 'loafer sneakers' would be  some hybrid terms one should get accustomed to.

Dress shoes with sneaker bottoms are distinguished from other shoes by their uniform soles, which eliminate the prominent heel – providing greater comfort and relieving pressure on the feet.