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The best sneakers to pair with suits

We’ve come a long way from ‘no brown in town’. Sneakers with suits is now definitely a thing. But how far can you take it – and what style is right for you

Like Batman and Robin or pineapple on pizza, suits and sneakers are an unlikely marriage of opposing forces.

In theory, this sartorial minefield is best reserved for students, commuters and Ellen DeGeneres, but find the right combination and you’re a red-carpet ready Robert Downey Jr – and who doesn’t fancy themselves as Tony Stark just a little bit?

When dressing down formalwear, it’s important to pay attention to the colours, materials and silhouettes of your sneakers.

Pick a pair of kicks that will elevate your outfit rather than throwing gym-weathered runners into the mix, and just think – if the modern City gent can wear sneakers through the working week, why shouldn’t he wear a suit after hours? Remember: real style is all about experimentation.

To help hit that smart-casual sweet spot, we’ve compiled a list of the ten smartest sneaker types you can get away wearing with suits.

The Cult Sneaker

Common Projects Original Achilles sneakers

Contemporary style at its finest, Common Projects’ Original Achilles sneakers have gained cult status thanks to their minimalist design and superior construction.

This white version is perfect for creating city-smart looks.

£290, mrporter.com

The Subtle Sneaker

Grenson Sneaker 1s

A modern take on 1970s tennis shoes, Grenson’s Sneaker 1s are meticulously crafted from panels of smooth and textured suede.

A top-notch choice for the discerning sneaker lover, pair with a good suit for an easy sartorial win.

£195, matchesfashion.com

The Vintage Sneaker

Converse All Star Chuck ’70

For a laissez-faire approach to suit styling, try the Converse All Star Chuck ’70.

A modern remake of the 1970s classic, additional vintage details include stitching on the sidewall and a heavier-grade canvas upper for durability.

£75, converse.com

The Retro Sneaker

Acne Studios Pereys

Acne Studios’ signature minimalist aesthetic is epitomised in these Pereys.

Hallmarked at the back with the Swedish label’s face motif, the smooth leather and chunky rubber soles make for a fresh crescendo to skinny tailoring.

£290, matchesfashion.com

The Chunky Sneaker

Gucci Rhytons

Fashion diehards have been charting the ugly sneakers’ pilgrimage from runway to reality since 2018, and this pair of Gucci Rhytons arrive with a 1990s-inflected feel that encapsulates the trend.

Crafted in Italy from distressed leather.

£615, matchesfashion.com

The Hybrid Sneaker

Berluti The Fast Track

Berluti’s hybridised brogue sneaker, The Fast Track, is an answer to the calls of modern gentlemen.

Its rubber traction sole ensures the optimum flexibility of a trainer, while Venetian panels of hand-tanned leather create the illusion of a smarter shoe.

£910, mrporter.com

The Sustainable Sneaker

Veja’s white leather V-10

Opt for Veja’s white leather V-10 trainers for a sustainable alternative to off-duty dressing.

With materials sourced from the Amazonian forest, these low top trophies are a smart punctuation to any nine-to-five outfit.

£115, matchesfashion.com

The Subtle Sneaker

Grenson Sneaker 1s

A modern take on 1970s tennis shoes, Grenson’s Sneaker 1s are meticulously crafted from panels of smooth and textured suede.

A top-notch choice for the discerning sneaker lover, pair with a good suit for an easy sartorial win.

£195, matchesfashion.com 

The Handcrafted Sneaker

Bottega Veneta slip-ons

A large-scale take on the brand’s signature Intrecciato weave, these Bottega Veneta slip-ons are perfect for those with an eye for detail.

Wear with graphic lines and block colour for an understated flair guaranteed to highlight their craftsmanship.

£540, mrporter.com

The Original Sneaker

Adidas Superstar

A lifestyle staple for streetwear enthusiasts; musicians, athletes and artists have passed the Adidas Superstar down through the decades.

The instantly recognisable shell toe adds 50 years of authenticity to any look.

£79.95, asos.com

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