Ok, backstory here - I've been using Skullcandy Smokin' Buds for maybe five to seven years now - they hold up well (I probably average 2+ years a pair and I'm hard on them), sound good, and are cheap.
However, their design has clearly changed a lot over the years, and I pulled out an older pair that I'd accidentally run through the wash after a run a while back, and was surprised to find that, compared to my newer ones, while there was clearly some high-end degradation from the washing machine and drier, particularly in the right ear, the dynamic response was also significantly better, whereas the newer ones seemed a lot more compressed. This was especially noticable comparing them to my DT770s, which seemed to have an almost shockingly accurate transient response in comparison (but also rather a lot less output, which I assume is due to their resistance - these are the 250ohm model).
Now, I don't expect to find a pair of earbuds that will keep up with the DT770s, but I'd like something with a little more open of a transient response. I think the smoking buds are 16ohm - does anyone make a good, comfortable earbud with a higher resistance (or lower, I don't remember if the scale is backwards or now), closer to the DT770s, that also sounds decent? I'm not worried too much about output. Bonus points if they're either not super expensive, or very durable.
I agree with the durability of Skullcandies, but you won't find any fidelity there.
Stay away from V-Moda too. Extremely non-durable.
Beats, Monster and Bose will be automatic rip-offs in value.
Have you considered over-ear buds? Usually designed for sporty use so they're more durable.
Etymotic, Shure and Klipsch get high ratings in the audio department, each with their own caveats. Do you still want tons of bass and punch, or are you more interested in the fidelity? My Skullcandy Titan buds are stupid in the low-end department and it really clouds everything else up. But they are lots of fun to listen to.