Sneakers lend a particular youthfulness to looks, loaning colour and edge to the simplest of clothing. A great sneaker can be worn with formal clothes, injecting an unexpected twist to simplistic or basic silhouettes. As with most trends, the look is fresh and edgy when done right, and can look careless and unpolished when done wrong.

Sneakers and trainers are actually great alternatives to dress shoes or heels, and you’ll look just as sharp wearing them. There’s also the added benefit of being able to strut around without wincing from the pain induced by sky-high heels.

Go with the classics

Some things just never go out of style – take the iconic Stan Smith shoes for example. The classic white sneakers by Adidas have been well-loved for so long because of their versatility. They match nearly every single outfit imaginable, including a suit.

You can hardly go wrong or look any less professional wearing your Stan Smiths with a suit or a pair of white Nike Cortez like mine, though you should be careful about the colours. A white suit with white sneakers is a definite no-no because you’ll look far too striking. Stick to dark, neutral colours like black and navy blue for your suit to achieve a suitable contrast with your footwear.

Gym fanatics will be pleased to know that they don’t really have to ditch their sport shoes when putting on a suit. A decent pair of trainers will go perfectly well with a suit, helping you to pull off the sports luxe look that’s so fashionable these days.

Suede and leather trainers are very suitable choices –  if you’re wondering what shoes work  – and dress up your outfit even more.

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