Tips on How to Wear Sneakers to Job

Many people with an interest in menswear also have an appreciation for sneakers. In more recent times, the two worlds have collided together and it's not uncommon to see a pair of athletic sneakers get paired with more tailored looks. But wearing sneakers with a suit on a daily basis, which means sporting this look to work, is easier said than done. Not only because it's not the most simplistic style to master, but a lot of workplaces have restrictions, liberal or literal, on what can be worn.

There are ways to get past this sartorial red tape, though, and it just takes a bit of know how. There are dressier-looking sneakers and ways to make an outfit better match up with a pair of footwear that's more at home on the tennis court, but to make it a seamless process, here's Tips on how to Wear Sneakers to Job

Consider the work environment


More and more jobs are shifting to business casual or no-dress-code environments. For those on the latter end of the spectrum, it means that sneakers are an everyday option and there are no restrictions placed on footwear choices. Everyone else needs to play by the rules or figure out a way to a more comfortable option in their daily uniforms. To keep it safe, it's always best to play by the rules and find out ways to break them once you're sure that sneakers are okay to wear at work. Those in the financial field might be forced to wear hard bottom shoes at every junction of their 9-5s, but other places of employment also might frown upon those lacing up a pair of Jordan retros to complete their daily routines. The most important part of anyone's day at work should be doing work, so make sure that sneakers will fly before it becomes necessary to find another job.



Think impression that the sneakers are making

Sneakers say a lot about who we are. Wearing an O.G. runner from the '90s might say that someone is a certain type of collector, or a pair of loud, over-the-top high-tops could indicate the wearer wants to make a statement. Either way, going to work is first and foremost about conducting business. If it's time to go to an important meeting with big-time clients, then it might not be the wisest decision to lace up a pair of highlighter-yellow ASICS or camp-print Reebok Instapump Furys. It might even be more appropriate to wear traditional dress shoes. But there's a middle ground, too. Nike Tennis Classics, adidas Stan Smiths, and Common Projects Achilles are appropriate to wear with work attire and they won't look as awkward as the latest signature basketball sneaker when coupled with a pair of chinos or trousers. When putting on one of these options, it still says, "Hey, I know what's up and I'm not square," but it also notes that someone cares about their job and the perception that others formulate about them. Consider it the best of both worlds.

Have a Rotation

One of the most and fun and painstaking parts of being obsessed with sneakers is picking out what to wear every morning. It can take an hour of contemplation or it can be simple. This is why people have a select few pairs — usually placed by the front door — that they put on before heading out the door and go about their day. Paring down a collection of tens or hundreds or thousands of sneakers to four or five allows even the most serious sneaker heads to be about their business for eight hours a day. Find sneakers in neutral colors — white, black, grey, navy, or brown — that are simple in design and can be interchanged with a variety of outfits. They all don't have to be minimal low-tops, either. It's OK to wear runners or retro basketball sneakers — think Jordan 1s or adidas Top 10s — if they're in the right colors to almost any job. Keep the rest of the sneakers on ice for important situations, wearing on the weekends, or for going out after work. Not only will they stand out more if worn less frequently, they'll also stay in more pristine condition. Having a few key choices to pick from at the start of the day will also keep people on schedule and keep their minds less cluttered as they have to contemplate more important issues, like how they're going to make money.


Make a Statement When Necessary


The spirit of the competition is all done in good fun. That doesn't mean that everyone expects their co-workers to un-dead stock rare Air Jordan’s or Air Maxes on a daily basis, although it does happen regularly here, but it's a weekly demonstration of interoffice stunting that everyone is in on. Not all offices have this same informality or desire to wear better sneakers than the next employee, but there are casual Fridays or events that coworkers go to together. This is the optimal time to break out the latest Concepts collaboration or pair that's been hunted down from an obscure boutique in Europe. Just don't do it when the executives from overseas are making their yearly visit and evaluation. Pick and choose the right moments to show everyone at work how fresh you are. 


There's absolutely nothing worse than seeing a banker bro in his pinstripe Brooks Brothers suit wearing a pair of Brooks running sneakers during the morning commute, only to slide into a pair of loafers once he ascends to the top of the Time & Life building. Don't do that. It tells the world how uncomfortable "real" shoes are. An outfit should always be an outfit, and it shouldn't be broken up to just to hop on a train and walk up a subway platform. Find something that looks good but meshes with the mandatory wardrobe. No one is going to get mad at a pair of Nike Flyknits with a suit at 8 a.m., just don't let the boss man see them if that doesn't jive with the office's dress code.

The outfit is just as important as the sneakers


Sneakers shouldn't be an afterthought. They should be as considered of a choice as the chinos and merino wool sweater you put on regularly. Figure out how everything works together and it will open the door for more opportunities to wear something other than bench made shoes every day. A pair of Air Max 1s or mono-colored ASICS Gel Lyte Vs can go with almost any ensemble purchased at J.Crew just as much as a pair of boat shoes can. It's all about how it's styled. If the sneakers are loose and untied and the pants don't fit well, of course the higher-ups are going to think it's a sloppy look. But if the pants fit OK and they're worn with a plain Oxford shirt popping out from underneath a grey sweatshirt, then Adidas Pure Boosts might go unnoticed as everyone else is wincing around in their flat-soled shoes.

Having a clean pair of sneakers isn't all it takes to make them pass as acceptable at sometimes. It often helps to have something either black, or as close to black as possible, as the only thing being worn if they're not shoes. At first glance, many all-black sneakers go undetected as options that are way cooler than something with brogueing or a leather sole. The less attention they draw, the better. The goal is to wear sneakers and get away with it, not announce to the world that rules are being broken. And that advice can go for multiple aspects in life.

Keep a few pairs under the desk

 A lot can happen over the course of a day at work. Things pop up without notice, and plans can occur when they're least expected. At times, this can require switching through several pairs of footwear in a single day. The best way to combat this is to have a few standby options ready at all times, and they're best stored underneath one's desk or tucked away in a drawer. Who knows, a pair of Superstars might come into play at the right time. Just don't keep a separate sneaker collection at work. 

Clean them, don’t wear the same pair every day, and make sure they're still in an overall presentable condition. No one should clock in with trainers that look like they just went through a Spartan Race.






















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