Men have been using sneakers to combine with their wardrobe at specific job sites, semi formal professional events and social events for awhile now, but the key for any man is to know what type of sneaker to combine with an ensemble. Some sneakers will look off with dress pants and make the wearer appear not to be serious about the event, thereby offending the other people. Yes, there are specific types of sneakers and looking at Footaction.com’s lineup of casual sneakers and their Lookbook, below will be a compiled list of acceptable sneakers.
- Nike Free FlyKnit Chukka
This model by Nike can be used on the basketball court but its polyester woven yarn presents a texture that is visually appealing and can combine with tapered leg dress pants as suitable for an after-work, professional event. Colors available are in Ivory, Black/Pure Platinum, Wolf Grey and Tarp Green can combine with vests, dress shirts, ties and leather belts to give a clean silhouette.
- Jordan AJ Future
This Jordan is a high top which can masquerade as an Italian leather boot. It doesn’t show the usual face of a high-top sneaker and has a woven texture that gives it a clean appearance. The Iron Green/White model with grey pants and a spread collar dress shirt can be passable at work or at a convention without appearing too casual. The Black, Wolf Grey and Print Black colors also don’t give away its sneaker identity and maintain a professional silhouette with comfort below the surface.
- Nike Cortez
This model of Nike’s can be worn at professional social events but only the more casual of offices. The different colors, low cut and basic design allow the man to wear a polo or dress shirt and not feel restricted to only dress shoes as an adequate pairing.
- Converse All-Star Ox
The canvas exterior in the all black model catches people’s eye as different and then quickly blends into the rest of the crowd as it can combine with a dress shirt and tapered pants to appear as a normal office uniform. Its other incarnations in various colors are too casual for the office but can be worn to social events as a classic staple item in the wardrobe.
- Look No. 91
This look features a combination with the Addidas Originals Samoa-Black sneaker with Ecko Unlimited Bowery Classic pants and an Adiddas Originals track jacket. Other than in the year-round, tropical climate of Miami, this combination works for any professional who takes public transportation to work and/or drives to work but wishes to be comfortable during rush hour and afterwards walking to a nearby bar with friends for Happy Hour.