Around the world, stylish men love to reach for their sneakers to ensure that they are ready for whatever the day (or evening) throws at them.
From Adidas shoes to Yeezies, classic basics to luxurious high-fashion options, there are plenty of different styles to ensure that every man has the right pair in fashion his arsenal for each occasion.
If you are looking for fresh ways to style your favorite pair of shoes, or need some help deciding on the next pair to add to your collection, read on for this trendy man’s guide to styling sneakers.
Rules of Buying Sneakers
1. Choose a pair that fits your current wardrobe
As with all thoughtful wardrobe purchases, you want to ensure that you are choosing a pair of sneakers that fit your current wardrobe and style. There is no point opting for a pair if you know you don’t have anything to wear them with.
Before swiping your card, ensure that you are buying a pair that enhances what you already have hanging in your wardrobe; not ones that demand you to repurchase an entire selection of clothing.
2. Look after them!
If you want to get the most mileage out of your sneakers, you need to look after them. This entails keeping them clean by soaking the laces, keeping them smelling fresh, wiping the outer material, and applying sneaker shield. There is no quicker way to lose your cool factor than donning dirty, worn-looking sneakers.
3. Consider the occasion
There is a wide array of style of sneakers on the market (basic, refined luxury, classic sport, current sport, high-fashion, and high-tech). Therefore, you want to make sure you are keeping in mind the classification of sneakers (and the appropriate places or occasions to wear them) when you are making your selection. After all, you don’t want to be working out in a pair of luxe, leather designer kicks.
5 Ways to Style Sneakers
Sneakers are astonishingly versatile, which means that you can wear the right pair with any off-duty outfit and some with more casual suits. However, always err on the side of caution when it comes to being too underdressed. That being said, to help you create the most stylish outfits possible, read on for several ideas for styling your sneakers.
1. For a casual day
For a casual outfit, pair your Adidas shoes with a cotton-blend t-shirt, a clean, tailored pair of straight leg denim jeans, a handsome shawl-collar cardigan and a bracelet watch.
For warmer days, style these sneakers with a slim fit crewneck t-shirt, longer-length shorts, and a sports watch. Last but not least, consider wearing the sneakers with a pair of inky-black stretch skinny jeans, a classic black t-shirt, a snapback baseball cap, and a braided leather bracelet.
2. For on the go
When you have places to go, people to see, and things to do, you want a sneaker that has an urban edge. Go for a pair of Yeezy sneakers that offer a fresh, tech-inspired silhouette.
Pair these with a lightweight heathered jersey-knit polo, casual lounge shorts, a cotton bomber jacket, and a cleanly styled chronograph watch. Alternatively, when the temperature starts to drop, these sneakers look just as great with a long-sleeve henley made from soft cotton jersey, a pair of slim straight-leg jeans, quilted vest, and a pair of aviator sunglasses.
3. For working out
There is no reason to drop your style when you are moving your body. On your workout days, style your sneakers with a slub cotton henley, slim fit jogger pants made from soft tech fabric, a convertible tote backpack, and a Fitbit. If you are heading out for a run, a pair of Adidas sneakers pair well with a casual pullover performance hoodie, comfy stretch shorts, a relaxed baseball cap, headphones, and a hooded nylon windbreaker.
4. For an event
Generally, sneakers are no substitute for dress shoes. However, there are plenty of styles that can be worn with casual yet dressed-up attire.
A pair or refined luxury sneakers can be matched with made-to-measure trousers, straight-legged denim, khaki chinos, and even relaxed unstructured suiting. If you are attending an event, make sure to finish off the ensemble with a shirt with a slim tie and a blazer.
Make sure to keep your top half refined and in coordination with the shoes. Your best option is to first buy a pair of black luxury sneakers, and then branch out to other colors. If you opt for a pair of suede sneakers, take extra care of them, and refrain from wearing them all the time.
5. For traveling
When you are traveling, you want to make sure that you are just as comfortable as you are trendy. For this reason, wear your sneakers with a tartan button-up shirt and beige jeans.
Alternatively, if it is a short trip and you want to be ready to hit the town when you arrive, pair your sneakers with a plain white t-shirt, dark dye jeans, and a black leather biker-style jacket. When in doubt, an outfit comprising sneakers, grey jeans, a striped top, and a baseball-style jacket is always a foolproof yet straightforward look.
Other Essential Styling Tips
Aesthetics: When wearing a colorful outfit, keep your sneakers neutral (such as those done in earthy tones). On the other hand, a bright pair of sneakers should be paired with subtle, understated clothing.
Tailored Pants: To keep your outfit looking chic and smart, make sure your pants are tailored precisely. You can also opt to pin up the end of your pants to ensure that they perfectly complement your footwear.
Accessories: Don’t wear your luxury jewelry with your sports sneakers. Instead, keep the vibe of your accessories in tune with that of your sneakers. Relaxed shoes require casual accessories. Save your more statement-making accessories for your luxury sneakers.
What do you think about wearing sneakers for a variety of occasions? Do you have any styling tips to share? Or, do you need help with a particular outfit?
Let us know your thoughts, tips, and tricks in the comments below!