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Outfit Formula: Full-Length Flares & Sneakers

Cast your minds back to the ‘90s when bootcuts and wide legs were the look in bottoms for both dressy and casual. Flared silhouettes were full-length and worn with flat sandals, slides, mules, combat boots, square toe pumps, cowboy boots and chunky platform sneakers. It’s flares with sneakers that I’m highlighting today, because flares look fresh, and sneakers are the shoe of our fashion era. 

I like full-length dressy and casual bootcuts, bell-bottoms and wide legs with extra long hems that skim or almost skim the surface of the ground. I prefer the look with a front break line, especially when the footwear is flat. All pant lengths here look perfect to my eye. Luxurious, intentional, elongating, comfortable, and practical as long as it doesn’t rain.

Here are four ways to combine flared bottoms with sneakers. The sneakers are white because that’s the trendy benchmark, but feel free to sport refined or chunkier athletic sneakers in a colour that’s more to your taste. Use any colour palette.

1. Relaxed and Pretty

Combine FULL-LENGTH denim bootcuts or wide legs with a pretty top like an eyelet, ruffled or boho blouse, or girly cardigan or pullover. Finish off the look with sneakers and a dressy bag. Here, the white zips of the top pick up the white of the sneakers, which pulls together the look.

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2. Belted and Complemented

Combine a pair of dressy bootcut or wide leg trousers with a fluid tee or pullover. Tuck or semi-tuck the top, and add a belt that works with the palette of the outfit. Add white sneakers. Here the pattern on the sneakers matches the pattern of the belt, which creates a fun complement. Add a denim jacket, moto or blazer as a topper.

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3. Casual and Comfy

Combine a pair of casual bootcut or wide leg chinos with a pullover and sneakers and Bob’s your uncle. Wear the pullover untucked or semi-tucked. It’s that easy!

Anthropologie Sanctuary

4. Sporty Luxe

Combine a bootcut or wide leg trouser suit with a tee or top, and finish off the look with sneakers. The white top picks up the white in the sneakers, but you can wear any colour top. A patterned top with white in the patten would work well too. Or colourful sneakers with white soles. Add jewellery, watch, eyewear and handbag as desired.

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I started sporting bootcuts with white sneakers last year and like the combination because it looks different amidst a world of skinnies and leggings. I bought the toffee Sanctuary chinos and they’ve become excellent travel pants for long flights. I also pulled out my nine-year-old charcoal pinstriped Theory suit which is in immaculate condition, and had the trousers shortened to wear with sneakers. So I’m doing #3 and #4 already, and hope to do #2 , since I have my eye on those pants. Here are the exact items from my wardrobe. It’s wonderful to repurpose an old suit!

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Ten Great Sneakers For Spring

In January of 2014, Karl Lagerfeld held a couture show at the Grand Palais in Paris, where he sent a parade of models down the runway wearing corseted midriffs, gossamer dresses, and pastel-colored sneakers. “Look at the shoes!,” Suzy Menkes wrote of the show in The New York Times. “SNEAKERS at Chanel! [..] No more suffering to be beautiful. Off with the vertiginous stilettos and the chunky club-sandwich soles! In with modern footwear and the female freedom that goes with it.”

The sneakers, sixty-five pairs in total, were made bespoke by the 125-year-old French shoemaking firm Massaro. Each pair required about thirty-hours of handwork to produce, with every silvery slither sequin and shining dot set by hand. They were made from python, with lace, pearls, and tweed, and reportedly ran somewhere in the vicinity of €3,000. In terms of craft, labor, and price, these matched the best of what comes out of John Lobb’s bespoke workshop in London.

Chanel’s show is obviously about womenswear, but it’s a good marker to show where fashion was at the time — which includes men’s attitudes towards rubber soled trainers. Dressing well meant dressing up, and as recently as five years ago, sneakers were verboten. Menswear crawled out of the Dark Ages of the 1990s with men trading their ratty gym shoes for polished brogues, and with time, many men learned to avoid sneakers entirely.

In the last five years, sneakers have come back into menswear, just as they have for women, and their virtues are shared across the aisle. They’re squishy, forgiving, and comfortable. They can be affordable. And they’re often better with casualwear than leather soled shoes of any stripe. Even the Duke of Winsor used to wear canvas deck shoes with his double-breasted blazers (both technically naval clothes anyway). Alexis von Rosenberg, the Baron de Redé, who owned hundreds of bespoke GJ Cleverley shoes, had a pair of tri-striped Adidas sitting alongside his black imitation brogues and four-eyelet oxfords. On the fourth row of his floor-to-ceiling shoe closet, which spanned all four walls of his wardrobe, you can see a pair of black trainers.

I mostly wear boots and derbies during the fall and winter months, but every year around this time, when the weather starts warming up, I begin thinking about camp collar shirts and washed denim jeans, as well as the sneakers that would go with them. The challenge is finding something good. For the last five years, we’ve done roundups of great sneakers for spring — sensible, even if at times adventurous, designs with options for workwear, prep, and contemporary wardrobes. Here are ten more if you’re shopping for a pair this season.

 

Sperry Cloud CVO ($ 75)

Most people think of Sperry as a preppy brand for boat shoes and Topsiders, but their Cloud CVO is a much more versatile, three-season option for guys who like Americana and workwear (admittedly prep-adjacent styles). I like how Brian Davis of Wooden Sleepers styles them on his Instagram (he’s also in the main photo at the very top of this post). The shoes, which have been made the same way since the 1930s, go naturally with milsurp, denim, and vintage clothing. During the dawn of skateboarding, kids in Southern California wore CVOs because boards didn’t have grip tape yet and the soles worked well for staying upright. “They’re essentially a vintage shoe that you can buy new today,” says Brian, who sells the CVOs through his shop. “These were issued to sailors during World War II, so they fit in well with vintage militaria and khaki chinos. They also work with the 1960s Ivy Style look, like you’d imagine on Mr. Rogers. When I think of the quintessential canvas sneaker, this is the image I have in my head.” Wooden Sleepers has both the birch white and navy blue colorways available at their Brooklyn-based shop and online store for just $ 75.

 

Nike Killshot 2 ($ 90)

Nike’s Killshot 2 are affectionately known as the Memeshots on Reddit’s Male Fashion Advice, a subreddit community of 2 million people that spans the range of avant-garde dressers to beginners who are just starting to build a better wardrobe. The shoes are popular for good reasons. They’re reasonably affordable at $ 90 a pair, they reference classic 1970s designs, and they go with many of the styles often recommended at Male Fashion Advice (e.g., bizcaz basics, workwear, and prep).

The Killshots are minimal without being boring; sporty without being overdesigned. The gray suede mud-guard and white uppers go with almost any color bottom; the gum soles and navy swoosh (now also available in burgundy) lend some nice detailing. The shoes are a close cousin of Adidas’ Sambas, which Racked dubbed “The Official Shoe of Cute Boys.” Which makes them perfect for a guy like me because I too am just a close cousin of someone good looking. Get Killshots if you want something that’s handsome but not visually obtrusive, relevant without being trendy. They work especially well for casual offices.

 

Nike Air Tailwind 79 ($ 90)

In the 1970s, shortly after Japan fell in love with Ivy Style, the Japanese started noticing that American college students were no longer wearing neckties with tweed jackets to classes. Instead, many were repurposing outdoor brands such as Sierra Designs and Eddie Bauer into their everyday attire. The look was later coined “Rugged Ivy” (or sometimes “Heavy Duty Ivy”). In his book Ametora, David Marx described it as two sides of the same coin. Students at elite colleges still wore blazers, but ones in more rural locales such as Dartmouth were more likely to be found in down jackets and denim.

For that kind of style, you could go with Danner hiking boots or LL Bean boots, but my favorites are retro-running sneakers. Meaning, the sort of track styles you might find in the ‘70s and ‘80s (a look so beloved by the Japanese, the editors of Popeye dedicated a spread to it in their inaugural issue). They lack the heft of true-blue rugged boots, but they’re also better suited to sunnier weather.

Nike’s Air Tailwind 79s are perfect for that sort of wardrobe. When they were first released in 1979, they were Nike’s first shoe to feature the company’s Air Sole, which was invented by a trainer-obsessed aerospace technologist named Frank Rudy. The modern version has been updated a little with a sleek textile upper, foam tongue, and revered Waffle outsole. Wear them with 60/ 40 mountain parkas, Levi’s jeans, and Champion sweatshirts. They can also serve as a nice sportswear foil to jeans and a trim topcoat combination.

 

Nike React Element 87 ($ 185+)

When they first appeared on Jun Takahashi’s Undercover runway show last year, Nike’s React Element 87s became an instant online hit. They fuse two themes in sneaker design happening at the moment: a chunkier silhouette with that molecule-decorated sole and a deconstructed upper with a semi-translucent shell, low-slung Swoosh, and trail-style lacing system. Since the uppers are semi-translucent, your socks will slightly change the colorways of these styles, although most people find they just alternate between gray, black, and white.

On first blush, these sneakers look like they won’t go with anything, but in being so odd-ball and futuristic, they also go with nearly everything. Greg Lellouche of No Man Walks Alone pairs them with contemporary casualwear; Andrew Chen of 3sixteen teams them with workwear. “I wear them with blue jeans, drawstring utility pants, and olive fatigues,” Andrew says. “The sail colorway is actually pretty mellow and versatile.”

If you shop for a pair, beware of counterfeits and fishing sites that are just trying to steal your credit card info (if the site doesn’t have any contact information beyond an empty “submit form” page, that’s a red flag). Your best bet is to bid for a pair through StockX, where there’s an in-house authentication process. I like the sail and green mist colorways best, but they’re the most expensive at about $ 500 per pair. Desert sand is a good, semi-affordable alternative for around $ 200. “I have a pair of the desert sands and find they go well with olive drab or khaki bottoms,” says Greg. “They also look better with beige or grey socks, rather than white.”

 

Diadora Game Low ($ 90)

Diadora is an Italian company that started out making mountain boots in the 1940s before they switched to athletic gear and sneakers in the 1960s. I like their throwback designs, which are often rooted in 1960s and ’70s running, soccer, and tennis culture (often considered to be the Golden Era of many classic sportswear styles). Sid Mashburn, one of our favorite retailers, sells them alongside their Chelsea boots and tassel loafers. The sneakers go well with the sort of Americana and prep clothing you can find at Sid Mashburn’s stores — slim-straight jeans, oxford cloth button-downs, rain macs, field jackets, and chunky sweaters. Amazon has some on sale right now for as little as $ 30, but be aware that some have distressed and waxed soles, which I think look less compelling.

 

New Balance CM997HCB ($ 100)

The 997H has all the things we love about New Balance: a classic runner style with off-white and gray suede paneling, as well as a lightweight outsole that combines comfort and stability. It’s a little more modern looking than some of New Balance’s chunkier silhouettes and isn’t as dad-styled as the company’s techy-heavy options. As Pete recently wrote in his New Balances guide, these runners have impressive relevance across the men’s style spectrum. “Maybe in part because there are so few connotations with New Balance — unlike, say, basketball or tennis sneakers — they can be worn in nearly any current sneaker-friendly context. Fashion dudes wear them to runway shows. Minimalist wardrobe palette guys wear them. Workwear guys wear them. Ivy guys wear them. Americana guys wear them. I guess maybe people still wear them to run?”

 

Moonstar All-Weather Shoes ($ 285)

Japan’s Moonstar factory makes some of menswear’s factory niche sneakers, including those from Huf Classics and Shoes like Pottery. Like modern Vans Authentics or Chuck Taylors, the shoes are made using a vulcanization method: shoe soles are bonded (glued, essentially) to uppers with a wrapped piece of rubber tape, then baked in a kiln, enabling a chemical reaction that seals the sole, tape, and upper. The difference between these and cheaper vulcanized-rubber-sole sneakers isn’t massive, but Moonstars stand out a little more in that they’re made in relatively small quantities, in a country with reasonable labor practices, and you don’t see them every day. They’re also, on the whole, more solidly built.

I particularly like their All-Weather sneaker high-tops, where the rubber sole wraps around the top of the shoe, forming a mudguard that protects the wearer from early spring showers and low Instagram like counts. The shoes are kinda goofy looking, but in the best of ways, and they go well with similarly off-beat workwear — rolled olive-green fatigues, chunky sweaters layered under field jackets, shallow five-panel caps, and naturally, slim-tapered jeans.

 

Karhu Aria ($ 130)

Karhu is a somewhat obscure Finnish brand focused on sports performance products, but they also have a small line of lifestyle shoes. Their sneakers feature something they call their “fulcrum technology,” which was developed in the 1980s in collaboration with the University of Jyväskylä. Their soles have a V-shaped spring that supposedly allows you to run faster, farther, and easier because of how it softens your step and gives you a better mid-foot landing. For lifestyle shoes such as the Aria, however, the technology is mostly a marketing bullet point. I mainly like them for their slightly chunkier silhouette and retro-inspired styling, which does a good job of riding the line between tech-heavy ’90s running shoes and ’70s era nostalgia. They also come in some handsome and slightly unusual colorways, which gives you options beyond the usual creams and grays. Wear them with outdoor and workwear-inspired brands such as Engineered Garments, Orslow, and Patagonia. They’re available at Barney’s, East Dane, Huckberry, Peggs & Son, and Bows and Arrows.

 

Comme des Garcon x ACG Mowabb ($ 290)

If you want something more unusual than just retro-inspired sneakers, Comme des Garcon’s take on Nike’s ACG Mowabbs is a great look. They’re a more directional design with slightly mismatched panels, felted fabric uppers (which look like suede but aren’t), and a Neoprene sock liner. Nike’s trail-ready Air Mowabb has been a favorite of sneakerheads, techwear guys, and actual hikers for years, but CDG’s version brings it into a more fashion-forward look that works well with both contemporary and workwear wardrobes. The mid-top design looks great with cropped trousers and fatigues; the chunky midsole and plastic heel counter lend some interesting detailing. The sneakers sold out quickly last year when they first appeared at Dover Street Market, End, and SSENSE, but they were recently re-released at Barney’s.

 

Salomon’s Speedcross and Others ($ 220+)

What began a few seasons ago as pushback against the all-white, minimalist sneaker obsession of the early 2010s has mutated into what Vanessa Friedman at The New York Times recently described as “peak sneaker silliness.” “The pressure is on to up the ante with each new design — to make it crazier! and bigger! and artier! (and, sometimes, uglier) — the form has begun to flirt with being a parody of itself,” she wrote. Salomon’s trail runners are admittedly smack dab in the middle of that hype. They’ve been featured in Palace lookbooks and CMMN SWDN runway shows; they’ve collaborated on special edition sneakers with Boris Bidjan Saberi and The Soloist; and they’ve been imitated by Balenciaga.

At the same time, they also have genuine performance pedigree. Salomon is a French manufacturer of skis, snowboards, and technical running shoes that just so happens to fit neatly into the tech-heavy and overengineered looks that are popular right now. I like them in reasonably subdued and semi-classic looks involving similar outdoor brands such as Patagonia or outdoor-inspired labels such as Nonnative. They also work with more expressive forms of contemporary minimalism, such as the things you’d find at Totokaelo. Their Speedcross offers great support and comfort, as well as a unique and easy-lacing system, while their appearance looks techy without having the bulkiness of some (admittedly ridiculous) designer options. Check out models such as the Speedcross, XA-Comp ADV, and S/LAB series at Mr. Porter, Totokaelo, and SSENSE.

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Filthy rich fashionistas are pumped for Gucci’s latest kicks. Taking its name from a basketball term, the Italian house’s “Screener” sneakers — inspired by a vintage sports style from the ’70s — are a purposely dirty style that were “treated for a vintage, distressed effect.” Beat-up Gucci still doesn’t come at a bargain, though. This…
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ICYMI: Wrapping up Fashion Month Fall 2019, Shop Platform Sneakers and Tan Handbags & More Street Style Inspiration

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nonnative Rejoins Converse for Zippered Pro-Leather Hi Sneakers

Reworking the duo’s instant-classic 2016 collaboration, nonnative reunites Converse for a duo of zippered Pro-Leather Hi shoes. The original iterations are tweaked slightly, swapping out longhair suede and pale midsoles for a more worn look.

Offered in navy and grey, the tall sneakers utilize premium smooth suede on the upper, contrasting Converse branding, and a yellowed rubber midsole to reinforce the age of the silhouette — the Pro-Leather Hi made its courtside debut in 1976. nonnative’s preferred zippered tongue gives the kicks a functional edge, though the zipper is removable for those who prefer classic laces.

The collaborative Converse sneakers hit Coverchord site on February 16 before rolling out to other stockists on March 16. Though 2016’s drop retailed for $ 195 USD, expect the new editions to boast a similar price tag. Take a closer look at the shoes below.

Meanwhile, Converse’s most recent JW Anderson collaboration was confirmed for a wider release.

With zipper tongue removed

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So Many Supra Sneakers Are on Sale at Zappos

Keeping up with the ever-changing fashion trends can be exhausting, but the one style we never have trouble following is athleisure. We adore any trend that lets Us stock up on clothes that are comfortable and stylish all at once. Naturally, we can never own enough leggings, sweatsuits and sneakers. Lucky for our wardrobes, Zappos has a slew of Supra sneakers marked down and our favorite of the bunch is the Supra Scissor.

The shoe comes in three color options and is designed for running, skating and of course, street style. The Supra Scissor features a padded mesh lining, breathable mesh on its upper portion and a sole made of ultra-soft SUPRAFOAM for heel protection and overall comfort. The SUPRAFOAM sole also includes black traction pads meant to prevent slipping. An overall lightweight feel makes the sneaker a practical choice for easy movement.

supra scissor sneaker in black gold and white
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See it: Scoop up the black and gold Supra Scissor Sneakers (marked down to 30 percent off their original $ 80 price, now $ 56) while so many sizes are still in stock on the Zappos site. Additional colors available at varying prices. Prefer another sneaker style? Check out more Supra sneakers on sale. 

Sizes range from 5 to 10 with half sizes included.

The Supra Scissor Sneaker is clearly designed for physical activity. Still, we adore how perfect the shoe is for our casual daytime looks thanks to a multi-texture style and neutral colors for easy mixing and matching. Our favorite version is the black, gold and white version featuring black knit fabric on the top, soft leather details and a white sole.

We’ll be easily pairing these sneakers with a mix of chic tracksuits, leggings, T-shirts, skinny jeans and joggers. The black, gold and white Supra Scissor sneakers will look great paired with an all-white or all-black Adidas tracksuit. We could also slip into black leggings with stylish mesh inserts, a racerback tank and a white, black and gold windbreaker to perfectly match the sneakers. The shoes are even sleek enough to wear with a snug-fitting knit maxidress topped by a moto-style leather jacket.

On days when we prefer a soft pastel hue, the Supra Scissor shoes look beautiful in the Pearl Blue and white style.

See it: Scoop up the blue and white Supra Scissor Sneakers (marked down to 19 percent off their original $ 80 price, now $ 65) while so many sizes are still in stock on the Zappos site. Additional colors available at varying prices. Prefer another sneaker style? Check out more Supra sneakers on sale. 

We’ll be styling these sneakers with a matching pastel blue velour sweatsuit for a chic monochrome moment. The blue sneakers will also make for a great color blocked addition to a pair of pastel pink joggers and a simple long sleeve white T-shirt. On a day more suited for denim, the blue sneaker will match well with a pair of high-waist skinny jeans in a light blue wash and a cropped sweater in beige or pastel pink.

To add a classic print to our sneaker collections, we can snag the Supra Scissor Sneaker in this dark grey and white sneaker featuring polka dot and triangle prints. These shoes have a playful look to them without appearing to gaudy.

See it: Scoop up the polka dot Supra Scissor Sneakers for $ 80 while so many sizes are still in stock on the Zappos site. Additional colors available at varying sale prices. Prefer another sneaker style? Check out more Supra sneakers on sale. 

These printed sneakers will offer an extra touch of flair to any matching grey jogger set. We could also match these shoes with a grey and white polka dot sweater, dark blue skinny jeans and a leather mini bucket bag. On days when we prefer to wear the sneakers to the gym, we’ll be styling them with our favorite glittery leggings. We could also wear the sneakers with those same glitter leggings and an embellished sweater for a night out.

All three of the sneaker styles would also look great worn with more casual jumpsuits in the trendy utility style or designed with knit material. To layer the look for chillier weather, we can slip into a fuzzy teddy bear coat in beige or tan.

Shoppers who bought and wore the Supra Scissor Sneakers rave about how gorgeous they look. While Zappos labels these sneakers true to size, the shoe runs narrow per the reviews. It’s important to eye the size guide carefully and order one size up if necessary to score the best fit.

See it: Scoop up the black and gold Supra Scissor Sneakers (marked down to 30 percent off their original $ 80 price, now $ 56) while so many sizes are still in stock on the Zappos site. Additional colors available at varying prices. Prefer another sneaker style? Check out more Supra sneakers on sale. 

 

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Worst fashion trends of 2018: Tiny sunglasses to dad sneakers

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Team Boots, Team Sandals or Team Sneakers

Our final poll for 2018 is about footwear. Do you prefer to wear boots, sandals or sneakers? Maybe you prefer the look of one, but the comfort level of another. Or maybe there’s no contest, and you like one type a lot more than the other two. 

Obviously this isn’t about your choice on any particular day. Boots are always going to be more practical than sandals on a cold winter’s day. But which of these three types of footwear do you enjoy wearing the most.

My clientele are a pretty even split between boots and sandals as their favourites of the three, although sneakers are gaining momentum. But my guess is that Team Boots will win the race here today.

I wear all three styles of shoe, but boots most of all because they work best for my climate. I find sandals extremely hard to fit, and impossible to wear unless they’re very soft, flat, reasonably supportive, and in a narrow size. I’ve found two pairs that work and left it at that. I enjoy wearing a white fashion sneaker in the Summer, and LOVE my fleece-lined leather Converse hi-tops for the rest of the year. But I enjoy boots most of all, and have a great assortment that go the distance. I bat for Team Boots.

Over to you. Do you bat for Team Boots, Team Sandals, or Team Sneakers? Tell us why and no batting for more than one team. If you can’t pick a side, feel free to sit this one out on the bench with your favourite meal of the year.


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Yes, you can wear sneakers to your holiday party — here’s how

Body-conscious minidresses and sky-high heels have long been the holiday party go-to uniform, but this season, the trend tides have turned — suffering for style is so passé. Sparkly pieces with a sporty twist allow you to stay comfy without sacrificing festive glamour: Consider layering a cozy turtleneck under a glittery sheath or jazzing up sweats…
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Fab Find: My Favourite Winter Sneakers

I can’t rave enough about these hi-top sneakers from Converse because they are EXTREMELY comfortable and very warm. They’re leather, so they look more polished than the canvas options. Their white soles and toe boxes are iconic, Modern Retro, and add a crisp and prettier touch to the sneaker. They create a tailored fit on the foot despite the size of your ankles, because you can manipulate the width with the laces.

They look streamlined and hip, and work well with cropped pants and jeans. I’ve also worn them with midi dresses and hosiery. They are sufficiently roomy for wider feet, and will accommodate an orthotic if you go up half a size. They run true to size, and work well with socks and knee-highs.

The best part about these hi-tops is their fleece linings, which are super soft and keep your feet toasty warm. The leather is weatherproof, and the soles are grippy and stable on frozen sidewalks.

I was walking around in below freezing temperatures with ice and snow in Salt Lake City for two weeks last month, and these hi-tops are the bomb. I take them along when I see my Dad in the Netherlands in colder weather, and they’re fabulous in the Seattle rain too. Simply wipe them down to keep them clean, or use Oxi Clean on the soles.

I have three pairs of these Winter hi-tops and I’m not opposed to getting more, because they have become a wardrobe essential. I got the black pair about a year and half ago, loved them and got the off-white pair a few months later. This year I bought the cream pair with a watermelon stripe, which work well with a watermelon Furla and new watermelon specs. All three pairs are workhorses, and the most comfortable shoes in my wardrobe. These are 20,000 step city shoes.

There are more variations in colour and style as seen in this collection. Remember that the hi-tops are leather and have fleece linings, and that’s what makes them special and a cut above regular Converse hi-tops. None of the styles have side zippers for easy access, so you have to tie and untie the laces every time. But the most recent pair I got has a hiking boot hook feature at the ankle, making pulling them on and off a little easier and faster.

My favourite sneakers of all time.

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Outfit Formula: Suits and Sneakers

Sneakers are the shoe of our fashion era. Full stop. The world LOVES wearing sneakers, and retailers stock them in deep assortments because they sell like hot cakes. It helps that these days “almost” anything goes in fashion and style which means that sneakers can be integrated into most outfits. 

Irregular juxtapositions are another benchmark of our current fashion era. Combining items that used to be unthinkable pairings are totally acceptable and often all the rage. Combining a formal trouser suit with sneakers is an irregular juxtaposition, and my favourite way to interpret the Sporty Luxe look. The vibe is an acquired taste and a fun way to dress down a suit.

The suit renditions here are styled with white sneakers because white is the “it” sneaker colour. Crisp, a Trendy Classic, and somewhat iconic. That said, feel free to add any colour sneaker to a suit. Chuck Taylor Converse sneakers and hi-tops in fun brights, pastels, black, blue or grey look smashing with suits.

The layering tops are casual, which complements the casual vibe of the sneakers. Feel free to add patterned or slogan tees to the outfits.

1. Double-Breasted and Buttoned

YES, you can wear white sneakers with dark hair. No need to follow the bookending styling technique at all. Just like you can rock black shoes with blonde hair. Here, the black ‘80s inspired double-breasted suit is fully buttoned, and worn with straight leg pants. I’d have preferred to see the pants two inches longer, but that’s subjective. Pop a black lace camisole under the blazer so that a little lace peeks out from under the collar of the blazer. Or you could wear a white tee under the blazer. The white sneakers pick up the white stitching and buttons of the suit. Scrunched sleeves add a relaxed touch to the look.

Violeta Contrast Seam Blazer

2. Trendy

A trendy long blazer is paired with matching ankle pants and worn open to create a vertical line down the front of the body. A simple turtleneck is a good layering piece for a suit. Tucking the turtleneck lengthens the leg line from the thighs upward. The white sneakers pick up the white in the checked pattern. Scrunched sleeves add a further relaxed touch to the look.

THEORY Prince of Wales Checked Wool-blend Blazer

3. Maximal Pattern Mix

Bright red tartan and two types of animal print are combined with a white tee that picks up the white in the sneakers. The white sneakers further complement the light neutrals in the pattern. A smashing maximal look that can take you just about anywhere. To work, a night out, the theater, an event, or fashion show.

Topshop Tartan Suit

4. Eleganty Flared

This rendition is of the most interest to me because the flares are combined with flat sneakers instead of heels. That’s very liberating, and a newer way to wear a classic ‘70s inspired suit. The tucked top creates a longer leg line which offsets the flat-footed feeling of the sneakers. The white top picks up the white of the sneakers. Scrunched sleeves relax the formality of the suit.

ASOS DESIGN Tailored Check Slim Flare Pants

5. Tailored & Pretty

Here’s a classic tailored suit with a regular length blazer and tapered pants. The striped layering top adds a further classic yet bold touch. The white of the stripe is repeated in the white of the sneakers. The pants are very cropped, but feel free to wear full-length tapered pants.

Boden British Tweed 7/8 Pants

You can wear this look in Winter with knee-highs, trouser socks, woolly socks or even patterned socks if you dare. Pop a cocoon coat or puffer over the lot with cosy Winter accessories and thermals and Bob’s your uncle.

I wore formal trouser suits with sneakers back in the ‘90s and ‘00s. I have two very old suits that I’m keeping despite rarely wearing them. An all-season grey Theory pinstripe suit in immaculate condition, and a funky cropped black Summer suit from Tokyo. Both are sentimental pieces that I can’t pass on. I’m going to haul out the grey pinstripe suit that has long flared pants and combine it with my new chunky white ‘80s inspired SAS sneakers and see what happens. I also might do a fun plaid or velvet trousers suit for my holiday look this year. My thinking cap is on.


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