Suits and sneakers would once have been declared a deadly combo, but you know, opposites attract. So here we are now working a trend that flaunts more than a touch of panache. Exude cool in any situation when you forsake your wingtips for a more casual option to beef up (or maybe we mean down) a tailored outfit.
Choose vintage old-school, canvas, classic or laceless for sans-sock comfort, or go for low-tops, racers or cap toe instead. Hold out for high-end lace-ups and Bottega Veneta’s slip-ons, or slide easily into your own soft suede. Pose in the haute sneakers that filled runways for Spring 2015, when a gaggle of designers from Calvin Klein to Louis Vuitton sent high-end variations of the classic court shoe down the runway, teamed with more formal apparel.
Think sneakers and Adidas will jog into view at some point, but look beyond the usual sportswear suspects, and you’ll find Raf Simons, who has continued his Christian Dior collaboration with two shoes inspired by astronauts, part shiny and part matte. Mere grounded mortals can shine in black patent leather, or in stunning white if you can afford Jimmy Choo. Alexander Wang pebbled his leather uppers over white soles, while Valentino inserted green panels into low-tops.
Now for that sharp suit to show that you know where you’re headed. Follow the laid-back vibe of Marc Jacobs and Lanvin, who both rolled up blazer sleeves. The spring shows paid attention to cut, too – so important here – with trousers pegged and looser at the waist, but tapering down to finish as a slim fit at ankle level. Cast off fitted jackets for a casually sophisticated veneer and replace with a pullover in wool, or a cotton and cashmere cardigan.
Neutrals like each other, so pair sneakers and suits in black, grey or navy, but then challenge them with a pop of colour. Team grey with green, steely blue, or soft pink. Of course, you’re too smart to think that the sneaker-suit look means just adding a pair of joggers, but even in its most chic form, do we consider that this is set to become acceptable office wear? Style this with care, and we think it will.
The featured photo is of Janni Deler wearing a black suit from Janni for Sanne and the white slip-on sneakers are from Nilson