Dos and Don’ts: Do sneakers really go with everything?

We all love sneakers for their versatility and the right pair can help to pull together a look and add visual interest. In fact, Americans have at least six pairs in their wardrobe on average. 

Choosing the wrong pair can ruin the look you’re trying to go for, so how can we always make sure to get it right before stepping out the door? 

Here are some dos and don’ts when it comes to styling your sneakers and keeping your collection in top form:

DO start a rotation

It’s easy to assume one pair of good sneakers is all you need, but one way to make sure your kicks always go with your outfit is to have more than one option!

Build up a solid collection of sneakers for every occasion, just as a smart pair, sporty pair, casual pair, and a ‘going out’ pair. It’s also a good idea to have a few options in different colorways to help give your outfits variety and to make sure they’re not clashing with certain outfits.

DO remember sneakers can be made formal

Some people might argue that sneakers cannot be used for a business casual or smart look because of their sporty and informal design. However, sneakers are now becoming a more acceptable option for many professionals and can look extremely trendy when paired with the right outfit. In fact, according to our study, one-third of Americans would not consider someone wearing sneakers to work to be unprofessional.

To look more ‘put-together’ in a work setting whilst wearing sneakers, make sure to pair your kicks with a smart pair of jeans or tailored trousers and a casual shirt or clean white tee.

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DO keep your sneakers looking fresh

Whilst a slightly dirty pair of sneakers is the sign of a well-loved pair of kicks, keeping your sneakers and their laces mostly clean is one of the best ways to make your outfit look sharp and well put together. 

Make sure to keep on top of cleaning your sneakers by brushing them down with a damp cloth to avoid them becoming too far past it. Remember, you can always replace the laces if they’ve become too worn, helping to breathe new life into your favorite kicks.

DON’T clash colors 

To avoid a fashion faux pas, make sure to avoid clashing your sneakers with your outfit. White Converse All-Stars would likely work well with most outfits as they are versatile and neutral. 

Try to stick to neutral-colored kicks such as beige, white, black, and gray if pairing with a more colorful outfit. If you prefer to opt for a bright-colored sneaker, make sure to pair this with a more neutral outfit.

DON’T just go for hyped-up models

Purchasing hyped-up sneakers and brand names can seem like a good idea at the time, but what works for some people’s styles might not work for yours.

You want to feel comfortable in your sneakers, so make sure to purchase a brand and model that suits you and your dress sense. If they don’t fit your dress sense, you’ll quickly realize they were a waste of money and they’ll just be gathering dust in the back of your wardrobe.

DON’T go for over-embellished kicks

There are a huge number of designs and colors to choose from in the sneaker world today with many brands starting to make their models more of an ornament than something to wear, such as the Air Jordan 4’s by Nike.

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To stay on trend, opt for a simple sneaker that’s comfortable to wear and will remain a timeless style for years to come, such as Adidas Stan Smiths or New Balances’.

Whilst it’s easy to think sneakers go with everything, there are certain things to remember as a sneakerhead that can help you effortlessly style your kicks and keep your outfits looking fresh.


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