The sight of a pearly white sneaker underneath a sharp suit. Gone are the days when wearing black, cap toe Oxford shoes were considered mandatory for men in suits. Now, more and more trainers are being seen worn with a two-piece, regardless of occasion. The epitome of smart casual, the combo is perfect for the day-to-night transition or to modernise a traditionally stuffy look.
Celebrity endorsement always helps to spearhead a trend. The trainer-and-suit-combo is championed by the likes of David Beckham, Tinie Tempah and Stormzy, who recently rocked the look at the BRIT awards.
Why It Works:
Not only do trainers win by a mile when it comes to practicality and comfort, but with the rise in luxury brands adopting the trend, it’s not hard to see why it has crept into the mainstream. With offers from veteran brands like Nike and Reiss to up-and-coming brands like Off-White and LIP, it’s safe to say the trainer has had an upgrade.
A top tip: when it comes to wearing them with smart attire, opt for low-top ‘fashion’ trainers, rather than hard-core sports ones.
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But, while it’s all well and good to consider switching up your look for a slight nod to casual, where can you actually find appropriate trainers to go with a classic suit?
While some guys are willing to splash for a snazzy pair of trainers (some price tags exceed £500), we’ve got a few slightly more affordable suggestions.
These cheap Asos lace-up trainers in grey (£28) are great because they’re wearable with almost any suit style: from black to grey and blue. For a smarter aesthetic, Fred Perry’s tan underspin leather pair (£64.99) and Reiss’ Bradley sneakers (£110) are affordable sneaks that would work well with a black suit. While you’d get your money’s worth with this Dust trainer from LIP (£191) that has a hint of the avant-garde enough to wear with any suit.