Can I Wear Trainers & A Suit?

Obviously trainers and a suit won’t work for a smart ‘smart’ office—and we’ve all seen our fair share of perfect suits ruined by clunky runners while commuting—but if you choose wisely and think about the partnerships and colours you can pull off this wide range of smart and casual styles.

At the very least, this is a canny way of saving your office shoes from getting shabby as you pound the pavement each morning. And if you work in a creative office and like pushing dress-code boundaries, the combo can earn you some style points amongst your colleagues.


1. The colour of the trainers matches the suit.Navy trainers with a navy suit makes sense and works tonally; it doesn’t draw the eye any more than trainers already will.

2. Choose a slim, classic trainer style. Adidas Gazelles and Converse are iconic trainers, however any pair of minimal trainers would work, such as Common Projects or Maverick Twists.

3. They’re not too flashy.  Steer clear of overtly sporty trainers; you don’t want anything bright or bulky. The trainers and suit pairing are supposed to be subtle statement.

4. Pair them with a slim suit. Slim suits are modern enough to go with trainers; these would also look right with a slim double-breasted, slim three-piece, but never a regular-fit suit. The secret is making sure whatever the suit, its slim.


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