Sneakers have never really been a big part of my day to day style game.
However, over the past year I’ve noticed a shift in my style in that I’ve become much more interested in street style.
And what specifically intrigues me about street style is how guys incorporate sneakers into their outfits.
It’s something that I have been playing around with lately and I’ve really grown to like it. It adds a tiny injection of youthfulness/playfulness into your outfit without going overboard. It also meshes well with my personality which is very much sporty.
It also helps that I have to walk to work so a pair of comfortable sneakers is not only a style statement but also very functional for my lifestyle.
With that said, there are a lot of different types of sneakers out there and I’m far from being a sneakerhead.
However, there is one sneaker that has caught my attention and that’s the Nike Roshe One Black on Black Sneaker:
What I like about the Nike Roshe One is its simplicity. For someone who is just getting their feet wet with sneakers these are low key enough to wear with confidence.
The black on black colour scheme is also one that will work well with most of your wardrobe.
They are also very comfortable and have a breathable, mesh upper if you suffer from excessively sweaty feet.
I picked these up not too long ago and I’ve been loving them ever since.
The following are some of my ideas on how you can wear them with style for the spring season:
Casual Spring Sneaker
In this first look I’ve paired the Nike Roshe One sneakers with some 770 Stretch Selvedge Denim Jeans by J.Crew, a grey v-neck t-shirt by Uniqlo, a canvas/leather belt by Brooks Brothers, a Timex Weekender Fairfield Watch in green, and a pair of Ray Ban Aviator sunglasses in gold and green.
The key to this look are the aviators and the watch. I specifically choose gold as the accent colours as they complement my complexion the best (darker/olive skin with dark hair). If you have a warm complexion like mine then gold is a great accent colour. On the other hand, if you have a cooler complexion (lighter skin with dark or lighter hair) then silver would be a better option.
Another thing to note: spring mornings tend to be fairly cool with the afternoons warming up considerably. There are a couple of ways to address this. First is the Harrington Jacket. It’s lightweight and incredibly stylish. It would work very well with the outfit above. The second option is a lightweight sweater. I recommend this silk-linen crew pullover from Banana Republic:
Perfect to throw on in the morning when it’s a bit cooler and just as easy to take off in the afternoon once the temperature rises.
Business Casual Spring Sneaker
This second outfit is a great example of how you can create many different looks with just a few pieces. Remember, as a guy you simply don’t need to have a closet full of clothes in order to look good. As you can see, I’ve kept almost all of the pieces from the first look and simply substituted the denim for some 770 Stretch Chinos by J.Crew and the v-neck t-shirt for a Long-Sleeve Classic Pique Polo by J.Crew as well.
By swapping out two pieces I’ve created an entirely different look that is more appropriate for the office.
I should mention that I would not tuck in the long sleeve polo in this outfit. Instead, push the sleeves up a little bit to create a more relaxed look that is in line with your footwear.
A couple of extra additions worth incorporating in this look are a high quality trench coat and a legit umbrella for those rainy spring days.
Formal Spring Sneaker
In this final look I’ve paired the Nike Roshe One Sneakers with some Chambray Stretch Chinos by J.Crew, my favourite white button up shirt from Batch, a Heritage Linen V-Neck Sweater by Banana Republic, and the same canvas/leather belt by Brooks Brothers from the first two looks.
While this outfit is something you don’t want to wear to an interview it is a great example of how versatile a pair of sneakers can be and how well they can be “dressed up” so to speak.
When most guys wear sneakers they tend to play it safe and opt for a sneakers + denim jeans + t-shirt combo. While there is nothing particularly wrong with this look it does tend to box you in.
Instead, feel free to experiment with your sneakers and dress them up a bit more with formal pieces like in the examples above. You’ll be surprised by the results.
Here’s to looking sharp!