Once a fashion faux pas, wearing sneakers with a suit is an acceptable move in the ‘work from anywhere’ era. Over the past few years, the combination has moved away from office commuters looking for comfort to an expression of personal style. The right pair of sneakers worn correctly can elevate any suit, inject some personality into your look, and provide your feet with the comfort that can’t be matched by a pair of loafers, oxfords, or derby shoes. However, not all sneakers pair well with suits. It’s essential to consider the silhouette, colourway, and materials of your sneakers when selecting the best sneakers to wear with a suit. Here are a few of our favourite styles to get you started.
Best Sneakers to Wear with a Suit at a Glance
Highlights from our list include:
- Best sneakers to wear with a suit overall: Oliver Cabell Low 1
- For casual wear: Axel Arigato Clean 90
- For formal occasions: Valentino One Stud
- For streetwear style: Jordan 1 Low
Now we’ve had a look at our favourites, let’s check out the complete list.
Table of contents
- Best Sneakers to Wear with a Suit at a Glance
- 1. Oliver Cabell Low 1
- 2. Common Projects Original Achilles Low
- 3. Unseen Footwear Helier
- 4. Axel Arigato Clean 90
- 5. MYRQVIST Oaxen
- 6. adidas Stan Smith
- 7. Crown Northhampton Upton Wholecut Sneakers
- 8. ZEGNA Triple Stitch Sneakers
- 9. Prada America’s Cup
- 10. Valentino One Stud Sneaker
- 11. Jordan 1 Low
- 12. Nike Cortez ‘Forest Gump’
- Why You Should Trust Our List
- Alternatives to the Best Sneakers to Wear With a Suit
- Your Sneakers at Work FAQs Answered
1. Oliver Cabell Low 1
These quintessential low-top Italian sneakers from Oliver Cabell are an ideal accompaniment to a suit due to their clean silhouette and leather composition. White Low 1 sneaker pairs nicely with pretty much anything; try a slim-fitting suit in navy or grey, lose the tie and opt for a t-shirt or button-down instead – it’s commonplace in the office these days.
Construction: Hand-stitched and lasted in Marche, Italy.
Upper: 3oz full-grain calfskin leather from Marche, Italy.
Outsole: Margom Italian outsoles known for their durable, lightweight rubber.
Footbed: Italian calfskin over a removable moulded insole.
Lining: Italian calfskin leather.
Counters: 3oz full-grain calfskin leather from Marche, Italy.
Laces: Italian cotton.
Price: from $390 AUD
2. Common Projects Original Achilles Low
Classic. There’s a reason the Common Projects Achilles low has remained a feature sneaker in men’s style books for years – they pair well with everything from suits to jeans and everything in between. In the case of suits, choose slimmer-cut trousers with a shorter break and some dark-coloured socks when rocking these. It’s best to pair the colour of your shoe with a matching suit, e.g. black Suit or black shoes.
Features: White leather, gold stamped serial numbers, leather linings, rubber soles, Made in Italy.
Price: from $400 AUD
3. Unseen Footwear Helier
We love the tumbled Italian leather of the uber-comfortable Helier sneaker by Unseen Footwear. Like all the shoes we’ve chosen on our list, these present a clean, minimal silhouette with a few textured overlays and contrasting tones above the Italian-crafted sole unit that’s finished here in clean white. It’s a tennis-style sneaker but transcends genres for office wear, perfect for jeans, trousers, or chinos. With a price of around $360 AUD, they’re an affordable alternative to the Common Projects Achilles.
Material: Leather, rubber outsole.
Style: Classic lace-up sneaker with Italian leather.
Price: from $360 AUD
4. Axel Arigato Clean 90
A quality alternative to the Common Projects Achilles, the Axel Arigato Clean 90 sits at the top of the ranks when it comes to pairing sneakers with a suit thanks to their all-over smooth leather finish and rubber outsole. Like any other black leather sneaker on this list, we recommend pairing this one with a slim suit in Navy or Black. The suede hit on the heel adds a few extra style points to this classic silhouette.
Material: Leather, rubber outsole.
Style: Classic leather lace-up sneaker with gold logo detailing.
Price: from $380 AUD
5. MYRQVIST Oaxen
A new member of the family when it comes to shoe brands but one we love nonetheless. MYRQVIST looks to cut out the middleman and provide the customer with quality shoes at a comfortable price point. We’ve tried the Stenhammer Loafers from the brand and the quality is easily on par with pairs two or even three times the price. In the case of the Oaxen, these sneakers are perfectly designed to pair with a suit. A rubber outsole and textured black leather upper will sit comfortably under any suit pants you can throw at them.
Material: Handcrafted in Portugal, 100 % Leather, Leather lining, Rubber soles incorporating 20% recycled rubber
Style: Leather lace-up sneakers.
Price: from $350 AUD
6. adidas Stan Smith
When looking to pair a casual pair of sneakers with a suit we highly recommend sticking to the classics. That means looking for options such as the adidas Stan Smith, a style staple for decades we choose to pair this one with a Navy or Lighter Tan coloured linen suit. In all cases, this option is better suited to a boat party than a daily piece of office attire. Just make sure they are clean, please!
Materials: Primegreen upper, made from a series of high-performance recycled materials.
Colourway: Cloud White/ Cloud White/ Green
Price: from $160 AUD
7. Crown Northhampton Upton Wholecut Sneakers
If you’re looking for a sneaker to wear with a suit that’s handmade, minimalist, and available in a variety of colours, allow us to introduce the Crown Northhampton Upton Wholecut. We originally considered these as nothing more than a quality Common Projects alternative, however, the one-piece leather upper, clean-cut style, and handmade nature of the shoe are enough to drag the Upton out of the CPs shadow.
It might look like a Vans Authentic from the photo above, but in person, the shoe reflects the premium price tag in its entirety. The soft leathers are sourced from some of the best tanneries in the world such as CF Stead in Leeds, England and the Horween Company in Chicago, USA. The durable lining is equally as soft in natural leather and Crown Northampton insoles complete the look in comfort.
Construction: Wholecut design and construction, leather lined including the insole, handmade in Northampton, England.
Materials: Full grain calf leather upper, stitched sole unit, waxed cotton laces.
Price: from $494 AUD
8. ZEGNA Triple Stitch Sneakers
Trust the best suitmaker on the planet to come up with the perfect sneakers to wear with a suit. ZEGNA has been at the forefront of menswear for what feels like a century, and the Triple Stitch sneakers further the distinction between the great and excellent once again.
Made from deerskin, these Triple Stitch low-top sneakers are a sophisticated take on casual footwear. Designed with comfort in mind, the shoes are slip-on for convenience but demonstrate a level of sophistication with the slanted shape of the overall silhouette. Our tip? Customise these sneakers with the brand’s Made to Measure Service for the fit of your dreams. And while they’re available in a multitude of colours, the Olive Green is an early favourite of ours.
Construction: Strobel construction, Sanitized padded insole, Made in Italy
Material: Leather lining, tonal rubber sole, comes with a shoe bag.
Price: from $1,355 AUD
9. Prada America’s Cup
It’s been years since the Prada America’s Cup was at the top of the list of most sought-after sneakers in the world, however, once upon a time these were it when it came to cool shoes. Yet to this day, the sneaker is a hit for the stylish and wealthy, with sizes disappearing faster than you’d imagine online – especially for a sneaker that asks for $1,280 at retail pricing.
The America’s Cup sneaker remains one of the most iconic, versatile, and well-made shoes on the market and with a plethora of colourways available on the Prada website linked below, it’s only a matter of choosing a colour to match your favourite suit. Our picks include the classic royal blue and white pair, but a green pair with a natural-coloured suit would be statement-making. The best part? They’re just as comfortable with some shorts on the weekend.
Construction: Patent leather and technical fabric, 40 mm light and flexible rubber sole
Style: Lace-up leather sports sneakers.
Price: from $1,280 AUD
10. Valentino One Stud Sneaker
Choosing a pair of designer sneakers to match your favourite suit is always a sartorial win for the team here at Man of Many. Valentino comes through once again with a pair of uber-luxe leather shoes that are made for wearing with a suit. We love the comfort of the rubber outsole, stud detailing and hit of classy Valentino logos on the tongue and heel. Choose a white silhouette with a splash of colour and pair these with any suit of your choice for a winning combination.
Material: Rubber sole with low-relief maxi stud detail, rubber tread with maxi stud design.
Style: Leather sneaker with Valentino Garavani logo printed on the tongue and heel.
Price: from $1,780 AUD
11. Jordan 1 Low
While Jordan himself chose to wear a pair of 11s when he rocked sneakers with a suit on the red carpet, we recommend pairing the classic Jordan 1 with your suit, especially in the low silhouette. Choose from some of the more popular colours such as white, black, or blue for a subtle look, or step outside your comfort zone and pair brighter pinks, greens, and purples with neutral suits in the summer.
If you’re looking for the ultimate flex, do as Travis does and pair your ZEGNA suit with an equally expensive pair of Travis Scott x Air Jordan 1 Low in the Mocha colourway. Expect to pay upwards of $2000 for the privilege of wearing such a pair, however.
Material: Leather upper, synthetic outsole, synthetic liner.
Style: Lace-up leather retro basketball sneaker.
Price: from $160 AUD
12. Nike Cortez ‘Forest Gump’
A list of the best sneakers with suits wouldn’t be complete without the Nike Cortez in the classic red, white and blue ‘Forest Gump’ colourway. While we wouldn’t recommend turning up to the office wearing these anytime soon, they actually pair remarkably well with a straight-cut linen suit. Choose natural linen colours or lighter tans and a matching button-up underneath to pull these ones off.
Release date: 01/01/2018
Price: from $400 AUD
Why You Should Trust Our List
When it comes to choosing the best sneakers to wear with a suit, expertise is key. Man of Many remains focused on all the latest sneaker news, reviews, and more as we continue providing the best dressing information in Men’s Lifestyle. Like the best white sneakers for men, choosing the best sneakers to wear with a suit is all about simplicity, availability, and price point. While our list includes shoes that range between $100 and $600 there are great suit shoes to be found at all ends of the price range. These are our favourites.
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Your Sneakers at Work FAQs Answered
Sneakers add personality to tailored suits. Ensure your suit is slim fitting and your sneakers have a sleek, minimalist silhouette.
The iconic Air Jordan 1 look’s great with slim-fitting suits e.g. try the black and shadow grey colourway with tan, charcoal or grey suits, or the white colourway with any colour.
Stick to oxfords or loafers for black or white tie events. However, you can wear classic leather sneakers in white, brown, black, or navy for semi-formal and smart casual events.
Leather low-top sneakers always look good with a suit, just ensure your trousers are tapered, slim fitting, and sit above the top of your shoe without a break.
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