Sneakers are the most comfortable shoes you own, but the older you get, the more you feel like you should relegate them to your gym bag and favor more grown-up kicks in your daily life. Not so, we say. There are so many different types of sneakers that, from T-shirt Guy to Suit Guy, there’s a pair for every style. See what we mean on the following pages…
If you’re the kind of guy who never wants to change out of his gym clothes (hey, we’re not judging), these Scissor Sneakers from SUPRA ($90) will fit right in with your sweats without making you look schlubby.
Sure, you’d rather be wearing boat shoes or loafers, but it never hurts to change up your footwear (and give those Sperrys a break, for God’s sake). Seavees Baja Slip-Ons ($34) will look great down by the docks and the bright coloring will keep your prep on point.
If casual is the name of your game, you should just go classic with these Adidas Originals Seeley Sneakers ($65). They’ve been around for decades and will look good with anything (although we all know you’re only going to wear them with a t-shirt and jeans).
These Clae Grant Leather Sneakers ($99) look like hiking boots, which will fit your whole aesthetic, but they really are sneakers, with the support you need to climb the only mountain you come across in your home city—the stairs out of the subway.
There’s a reason why every punk rocker on Earth has sported a pair of Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars ($50)—because they’re synonymous with the lifestyle (just ask The Clash). If you’re into that look, you probably already own a pair, but it’s time to replace them, anyway, right?
If you’re the kind of guy that’s always down for hacky sack, we bet you have a bunch of cargo shorts in your drawers. We’ll call this style “hippie casual.” Which means you can’t go wrong with these Joy & Mario Naples Espadrilles ($65).
The key to pulling off sneakers with a suit is to make sure the sneakers are high-end. Common Projects Achilles Retro Leather Sneakers ($445) will never be mistaken for gym shoes, and that’s a good thing.