Some of us are fortunate enough to work in an office with a dress code that accepts sneakers Monday to Friday, while others don pointed flats, heels, and oxfords all week long.
Even if your office errs on the traditional side, the five kicks below transition so seamlessly into the business wardrobe that even your boss won’t notice you swapped dress shoes for sneakers.
The Adidas superstar is a cultural icon, and its status as such has made it the perfect shoe to wear, whether you’re out on the weekend or heading into work. Leather material mixed with a rubber toe shell—and those three iconic stripes—clearly indicate this OG model. Previousy worn by athletes and artists alike, expect to see publicists, influencers, and young professionals sporting these kicks around town.
If you prefer checks over stripes, the Nike Cortez is the Adidas equivalent. This model is subtle enough your boss won’t notice the make but hip enough that every other millennial in the office will. What makes the Cortez such a versatile option are the variety of materials—suede, nylon, leather—and colours—black on white; red, blue, and white—the shoes come in. This timeless track takes business casual to a new level.
While an overwhelming number of New Balance models work in a progressive workspace, the 520s sleek silhouette make it a classy, work-appropriate choice. While the expert N adorned on either side is less showy than some other models on the list, a true sneakerhead will appreciate this runner’s kick. From beige to blues, muted colours and suede overlays pair particularly well with summer pastels, giving your entire ensemble a fresh touch.
The canvas covered Keds add playful flair to skirts and trousers. The women’s Champion model is perfect for any style or outing, and its variety of colours, such as red or blue—in addition to white—mixed with high-quality performance material is perfect for taking you through the work day.
Balenciaga Race Sneaker
For the fashionable sneakerhead, Balenciaga’s race sneaker pairs well with fitted trousers for a stylish silhouette. The red elastic band provides a pop of colour, while gray and white tones add a subtly stylish look to the rest of the show. Its lightweight soles and soft fit will leave you feeling comfortable—yet professional—all day long. Find these pre owned designer shoes and more in the Designer Swap shop!
What kicks do you wear to work? Let us know in the comments!
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