In a world where the lines between fashionable, trendy and stylish are constantly blurring with each passing day, it is tough for the men out there to keep up. Sneakers at the workplace, casual shorts at dinner parties, satin shirts outside your salsa classes, pastel-toned blazers for the boardroom; the rules no longer exist. However, fashion is a tricky game. Although the lines are blurry, they still exist.
They say a man’s shoes speak for him even before he utters a word. Truer words have not been spoken. With more and more men aiming to look dapper, may we lend a helping hand? Let’s decode what to wear with your trainers, one plimsoll at a time.
Look Sharp with the Luxe
The elitist of the lot. These sneakers are usually recognised by their no-nonsense clean cuts and solid colours. Mostly found in the leather or suede. Their posh-yet-casual vibe is what will keep you returning to them. The Luxe sneakers can be paired with a number of options thanks to their classic appearance. They can easily be sported into the boardroom teamed with a pair of well-fitted chinos, a sharp suit that steers far from slouchy and even a good fitted formal shirt & trousers duo. Just ensure that the whole outfit is fitted and neatly altered for your frame. Whether it’s while boarding a flight or rushing to work dressed in under a minute there is no holding this pair back from helping you look dapper.
Ted Baker Dannez Sneakers Available at namshi.com for AED 590
Look Uber Cool with Active Shoes
You know how a couple of years ago, it was embedded into our minds that sneakers are equivalent to “workout shoes” and we could not look at them in any other way? Yeah, we have these guys to blame for that image. However, the recent obsession with fitness and our inclination towards a healthier lifestyle has brought back the obvious athletic/ sporty sneakers into our daily lives. Team these with a casual t-shirt, some ripped jeans and throw on a smooth bomber for the ultra-active-guy vibe that’s been doing the rounds. Refrain from wearing joggers with this pair though, unless you are actually heading to the gym.
Skechers Matrixx Kingdon Available at www.namshi.com for AED 290
Casual and Hip with Canvas Shoes
Nothing says hipster like a pair of canvases. The style is laid-back, easy and instantly adds a youthful spirit to your ensemble. The right way to wear your canvas/converses are with a pair of rolled up just-enough skinny jeans, an oversized hoodie and pair of all-black sunnies. This outfit exudes a boyish charm and extra quirk points if you add a pair of patterned socks to peep at the ankles.
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Sneakers Available at www.elabelz.com for AED 279
Keep it Simple with Slip-ons
A favorite with today’s generation for they arrive without laces to tie giving us an extra minute to catch those Zzzs. Sport them with a pair of well-fitted chinos and a semi-formal shirt for that Friday-dressing at work or with a graphic t-shirt and faded jeans for the oh-so-casual vibe when the weekend finally arrives. Oodles of colors and prints can be added to your ensemble without having to worry about going overboard as the minimalistic design of these shoes balance it all out.
Monogrammed Shoes for Brand Lovers
A pair of sneakers that scream the brand that designed them, fall into this category. Either the brand would have made obvious efforts to detail the pair of sneakers characteristically or the pattern of the shoes are so well-known that it is pretty distinct from across the room. Keep the shoes and the clothes from fighting over each other for attention. Since the shoes are already distinct and characteristic, keep the rest of the outfit muted and stick to basics in solid colors. A pair of denim shorts with a fitted sweater works effortlessly. These shoes are best avoided for workwear and can instead be channeled during a casual outing. A monochrome outfit aswell is a fool-proof way to look well put-together with half the effort.
Adidas Superstar Foundation Sneakers Available at www.sivvi.com for AED 357
Kick Back to an Old School Look
Fashion is a cycle. We keep returning to trends every now and then. The retro / old school sneakers are no exception. With luxury brands recreating these to fit our modern sensibilities there is no stopping you from sporting them with all the swagger that the era-gone by lacked. Juxtaposition this fad by pairing the kicks with some modern pieces like a layered hoodie underneath a blazer and a sharp tailored pair of pants. The idea is to dress exactly opposite of what the shoes imply without risking to look like you stepped out of a 80’s sitcom.
Reebok CL leather MVS Available at www.namshi.com for AED 405
Lightweight Runners for Everyday Use
If you’re constantly running about completing errands, chugging coffee, picking up dry cleaning, walking your dog, smashing deadlines and want to look effortlessly stylish all the while then get yourself a pair of these. With athleisure paving way for lightweight runners with almost anything and everything, style these kicks with a pair of joggers, a light t-shirt, and a distressed denim jacket. Bonus points if you add a baseball hat to the mix. You could also throw on a lightweight printed sweater and you’re sure to be stealing hearts at every coffee shop you stop by.
New Balance – Beige 996 sneakers Available at www.sivvi.com for AED 281
Suave and Subtle Look with Hightops
A favorite among the men who like to lead their stylish streak without looking like they are trying too hard. Let them do the talking for you and keep the rest of the outfit casual. These work best with the holy-grail of casual dressing: white t-shirt and blue jeans. You could also add a minimalistic light camo jacket to dress the ensemble up.
Seventy Five casual sneakers Available at www.namshi.com for 150 AED
Quirky Fashion for the Outlandish
High-end designers these days are taking the sneaker game to another level with statement ones. These are funky yet quirky and designed for the outlandish man. If you are someone who is fashionable and believe in being set apart from the crowd then reach for these pairs. While the shoes grab eyeballs the minute you walk in, keep the rest of the outfit casual and effortless. Rolled up denim and a solid colored oversized sweatshirt or tee are the way to go. If you love layering then a slouchy trench works well too.
Nike Air Max Camo Sequent 3 PRM Available at www.namshi.com for AED 529
Grab Some Eyeballs with Colourful Sneakers
Sneakers with a whole lot of colors in their designs are for guys who are not afraid to be bold and grab attention. The shoes in this category are either a solid bright color all over or are color-blocked with a mix of many. Pair these attention grabbers with a slogan hoodie, some skinny jeans or even a pair of khaki shorts, a t-shirt layered with a chambray shirt. Accessorize with a hat worn backwards for a fun look.
Nike Air VaporMax Available at en-ae.sssports.com for AED 944