Sneakers have always been a staple in every man’s (and woman’s, for that matter) wardrobe. Not only that, but they’re now quite an off-duty fashion statement. Thankfully, with so many options when it comes to style and color, sneakers are also incredibly versatile. However, this can make it hard to know what’s most likely to suit your needs. That’s why we’ve put together a sneaker styling guide to outline the core concepts behind what to wear and when.
A basic canvas sneaker is the simplest choice when you’re struggling to make yourself look semi-stylish in the morning. Whether you opt for Converse All-Star, Vans Sk8-Hi, or (our personal favorite) Sperry Striper LL Chambray, these trusty sneakers are basically guaranteed to pair well with jeans or shorts in any color. Your best bet on top is to choose a graphic tee or printed shirt for an effortless feel.
Wear with: Almost anything, but they look best for casual street style. Try relaxed or slim denim or chinos.
These are similar to the basic sneaker, but crafted in a luxe leather or suede that will make you appear a whole lot more sophisticated. Perfect for smart casual styling, this sneaker type is appropriate for all ages. To keep it simple, stick to the black leather variety with tonal outsoles.
Wear with: Tailored trousers, slim denim and chinos. Wear a crisp, simple top like a basic tee, polo, or structured shirt.
Sporty sneakers can be tricky. You don’t want to risk styling them like a dad (and we’re not talking about the fashionable “dad” sense) so be careful to choose a low-profile, slim pair. Avoid all-white pairs and instead try experimenting with color. Style them like the classic sneakers or with gym gear on the weekend.
Wear with: Joggers or slim, light chinos. Loose, baggy jeans never work. Keep the sporty-casual vibes going by wearing a tee on top.
Not quite ready to shed your winter boots for a pair of spring-approved sneaks? Find a happy middle ground by settling on chukkas. These boot-sneaker hybrids look sharp with black skinnies or relaxed jeans on those ultra-casual days. If you do go for looser denim, tuck them slightly in to the shoe to expose all the smart little details.
Wear with: Black skinny denim or relaxed jeans. Top with a chambray shirt or knit sweater.
High-fashion sneakers have progressively gotten more outlandish with the start of each new season. So for those of you who like to stand out from the pack, this option is for you. Look to Creative Recreation for a wide collection of brightly-accented, technical performance sneakers that are bound to give you street style cred from day to night. But be careful about how you style these. You want to let the sneakers do the talking, so black denim is a must-own item.
Wear with: Black denim that’s gathered at the bottom. Stick to edgy street style by pairing that with a draped blazer, open plaid shirt or longer, looser fit tee.