THE STYLISH MAN’S GUIDE TO SNEAKERS

BASICS SNEAKER RULES

No matter what kind of sneakers you settle on, there are a few basic principles for how to wear sneakers you should abide by.
Always:

  • Buy sneakers that suit your current wardrobe: What good does it do to buy the latest style if it doesn’t suit your style? Don’t hop on the trend train just because it’s passing through. Choose shoes that complement what you already have, not shoes that require you to repurchase your entire wardrobe.
  • Wear them to the right occasions (don’t go too casual): Sneakers are incredibly versatile, but they’re no substitute for dress shoes. You can get away with sneakers with any off-duty outfit – and perhaps even some casual, unstructured suits – but they’re not meant for every occasion. Err on the side of overdressed rather than underdressed.
  • Keep them clean: It doesn’t matter how cool your sneakers are, the effect will be lost if they’re not spick-and-span. Proper sneaker maintenance includes washing the laces, eliminating odours, brushing the outsoles, and using shoe trees and sneaker shields.

MOST STYLISH SNEAKER TYPES

Athletic sneakers

Designed for the gym, but almost too good-looking to wear them while working out, the active sneaker carries high-tech fabrication, and unbelievable comfort. As fashion gets more active, the active sneaker has itself become more stylish; less neon and nasty, more monochrome and chic.
Keep this style for day-time, urban looks – nothing smart-casual.

Try Nike Roshe’s or Boosts from Adidas


Minimal

The minimal sneaker rides well the versatile low-cut sneaker and retains that classic shape best in white (like the original tennis shoe).
And, they go with anything – chinos, jeans or shorts …and if you do it right, even with business casual outfit.

Try Adidas Adam Smith’s or Black pair of low-top Vans


Retro

Retro runners look like a pair of kicks from the past.
And, you should be looking to aesthetics, rather than the running capabilities of the vintage shoe
(after thirty years of tech advancement, there are much better active shoes to get fit in).

Try New Balance 998

High-End

The high-end sneaker isn’t made to look like your typical shopping mall sneaker – but not too far from it either.
Rather, high-end sneakers are expertly crafted using premium leather materials.

Try ARTICLE NO. or ETQ AMSTERDAM

There’s also these high-end urban sneakers called Yeezys, you might have heard of them…

HOW TO WEAR YOUR SNEAKERS

Suits

This is where your Minimal and High-End low-cut sneaker shine, but only mix suit and sneakers if you’re absolutely sure:
If you’re going to a wedding, job interview, or funeral, forget the sneakers. Your clothing should always match the traditional dress code of the situation you’ll be encountering. Wearing sneakers with a suit is a good way to freshen up a traditional style, but now every situation.

Smart-Casual

Many gents are rocking the sneaker (retro, minimal and low-cut) with smart-casual ensembles. Be careful with the colors, pair with care, less is more.

A graphic knit or roll neck makes for a stylish middle layer and marries both smart and casual perfectly. Instead of heavy black outerwear, try a camel jacket or a lighter anorak in khaki to protect against the elements. Just add your favourite pair of jeans or earthen-hue chinos.

Urban Street

The modern active sneaker is your best foot forward in the urban jungle, come day time.
Rock athletic sneakers with rolled-up jeans and basic tee or jacket.

Due to the bold nature of the athletic sneaker, don’t go overboard with prints and patterns.

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