The easy way to upgrade your summer style, add some bold kicks!
(Photos: Lauren McGrath Photography)
Color Blocked Slip-On
Blue & Black Slip-On Color Block Sneakers – Zara | White Slim Fit Jeans – Gap | Grey Double-Breasted Cotton Blazer – Sottono | Nautical Striped T-Shirt – H&M
The current state of footwear is quite interesting at the moment. There’s been a push toward luxury sneakers with a minimal design aesthetic, while at the same time there’s been surge of technically driven sneakers with knit fabrics and bold colorways & eye-catching design. Formal dress shoes have become commonplace and are now people expect to find luxury design at every price point. We’re now in a maximalist market and it’s really an outstanding place to be.
This sudden push has made it easier to find shoes that have some pop, but, are versatile enough for anyone to try. From the slip-on sneaker to the vibrant loafer, there’s a shoe out there for every foot.
The Color Blocked Slip-On Sneaker
Color block is a pattern that you’ve seen executed expertly in garments like t-shirts, sweater and jackets, but, is hard to pull off in traditional laced sneakers — that’s when the slip-on is your best bet. Since there aren’t any laces to obstruct from the pattern, pulling off the color block sneaker is easiest to do in a slip-on.
Wear them with your tailored pieces! Because of their sleek silhouette, a slip-on sneaker looks great with tailored menswear pieces. For the 9-5er, throw on a cotton suit and these kicks and you’ll still be office appropriate and you’re able to run for the train at the last-minute.
The Bold Urban Trail Runner
Trainers, runner or whatever you want to call them are being revamped by some of your favorite brands in colors ways never seen before — be somehow seem to work almost seamlessly. This particular sneaker was featured here a few weeks ago because the colorway was surprisingly so versatile, they need to be shared with the world. Brands like New Balance, Asics & Greats have found that middle ground of subdued but bold sneakers that pair well with just about anything in your wardrobe.
Make these kicks that statement piece of your outfit. You’ve got a lot going on at your feet and it makes no sense to have a whole party going on with your look. Take note of the taper of your pants. With such a high opening, these sneakers look best with pants that are tapered = No Wide Leg Pants!
The Cherry Red Suede Loafer
Red Suede Bit Millbank Loafer – Jay Butler | Wheat Khaki Pants (from suit) – Bar III | Distressed Denim Jacket – Gap | Hunter S. Thompson Aviator Sunglasses – Reds x Boast USA | Grey Watch with Blue & White Nautical Band – c/o Timex (sponsored item)
Geeze-style-ophiles REJOICE! The suede bit loafers is synonymous with swagged out old dudes that just don’t give a sh*t because they’ve got the gravitas to wear and do whatever that please. And we all know, a bit of bravado goes a long way. Now there here for us young guys to enjoy and respectfully pay homage to the OGs by rocking them our way.
Complement the shoes & remix your style all-in-one look. A tailored pant is the direct complement, however; finishing the look with a denim jacket & t-shirt makes it more modern and less preppy.
Founder & Creative Director of Men's Style Pro, Sabir has a deep passion for menswear and all things manly. Selected as one of the "5 Best Dressed Men In America" by Esquire Magazine in 2010 & as #GQFall 2013 Best Dressed Man. As of 2014, Sabir serves as a freelance brand ambassador & executive stylist for GQ Magazine & GQ Report. Outside of that partnership, Sabir serves as an independent brand consultant as well. Reach me directly at SABIR@MENSSTYLEPRO.COM