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These Men’s Sneakers Will Turn Your Suit Into A Smart Casual Masterpiece

Classic sneakers worthy of a suit

Suits with sneakers. It’s a concept which still escapes many men today who believe that formal and casual should never mix. Well we’re here to tell you that the two can indeed play nice together, if you get the stylish formula right.

Choosing The Right Sneakers

When choosing a sneaker to go with your suit it’s critical to consider colours and material. The most versatile suit sneakers are usually the most muted ones. This is because the casual suited look is intended to exude effortless style rather than gain attention through loud colours. As such, we recommend you leave the serious neon marathon runners out of your suit wardrobe. Instead opt for casual sneakers which are more lifestyle focused than performance focused. Leather is always a no brainer.

Colours that normally work well for suits are:

You can also try brighter colours like red, green and yellow but caution must be exercised as these kind of sneakers need careful consideration with the suit colour. You don’t want to look like a gelato.

Choosing The Right Suit

It’s easy to fall down the rabbit hole when talking about suit and sneaker pairings so the easiest rule to remember is this: no sneakers with tuxedos. Tuxedos are reserved for cocktails only so only attempt this combo with suits. The right suit again plays into colour and contrast.

We’ve also got a more comprehensive guide on How To Wear Sneakers With A Suit but if you’re confident enough, check out the best sneakers to rock with a suit in our selection.

New Balance 574 Military Patch
New Balance 574 Military Patch $80
Converse Jack Purcell Leather Low Top $70
Adidas Gazelle $95
Everlane The Trainer
Everlane The Trainer $98
Veja SDU Hexa
Veja SDU Hexa $120
Oliver Cabell Low 1
Oliver Cabell Low 1 $178
Greats The Royale Cuoio $179
Common Projects Original Achilles Leather Sneakers $400

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Suits With Sneaker FAQ

What sneaker cut is best with suits?

Choose low top sneakers that show your ankles, something that are sleek and fitted, with a similar silhouette to a dress shoe. Minimalist with a monochrome or subtle two-tone upper.

What are the best materials for dress sneakers?

The finest dress sneakers are usually made of top-quality dress shoe leathers, but a nice suede will do. Canvas and synthetic also work, but rarely, so make sure you choose carefully.

How to match suits with shoes?

Black dress sneakers look best with black and navy suits, as well as charcoal. For white sneakers, tan or light gray. Brown sneakers go with brown suits.



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