Sneakers and suits are the perfect duo. Thus, we propose raising the stakes by extending such sport-fueled styling to the next level of suiting. Enter the almighty tuxedo.
Unorthodox as it may be, tennis shoes and tuxes are a match made in fashion heaven for anyone willing to step outside the standard dress-shoe lane. After all, it’s high time those polished wingtips and brogues get a much-needed break.
Given the right pair, sneaks have the power to kick up the classic tux by injecting the iconic formal wear with an urban, street-savvy flourish. With this list of cool lace-up options, you and your three-piece will be walking in high style.
1. Dior Homme White Sneaker
Your polished tuxedo may wind up playing second fiddle to these beauties from one of the most emblematic Dior Homme sneaker collections. White, blue, and burgundy calfskin is fused with canvas uppers and side-stitch construction for the ultimate sleek and sporty mix. Designer details, including Dior Homme jewelry on the laces and a Dior logo embossed on the heel, put the couture in these court shoes, which we can easily see with a tuxedo of any color.
2. Common Projects Low-Top Trainers
White is twice as nice when it comes to this pair of Fall/Winter 2015-16 low-top trainers by Common Projects. The brand is a collaboration between designers Flavio Girolami and Prathan Poopat and influenced by the lines and shapes of everyday objects. They may be inspired by the commonplace, but these white leather shoes are far from ordinary with their structured yet impeccably streamlined style. The black leather tip at the heel is a wink to trend-forward appeal that also makes the shoe all the more suitable for a fancy black suit.
3. Bally Ascar Sneakers
The Ascar sneaker from the iconic Swiss label goes toe-to-toe with any dress shoe, flexing its distinctively sophisticated, tailored appeal. Multiple textures and contemporary gray tonal hues offer a fresh, refined look while the signature Bally grip pattern defines the multi-layered rubber sole for a sleek finish. It’s a smart, color-blocked sneaker for even the most formal of tuxedos.
4. Mr. Hare Ecolux Cunningham Sneakers
There is little need for patent-black Oxfords when you have Mr. Hare Ecolux Cunningham low-tops on your side. Crafted from sumptuous Italian leather, these black Vachetta sneakers have a rich depth of color along with carefully streamlined detailing that’s not typically found in off-duty shoes. Fresh yet formalized, the Cunninghams have “best man tux” written all over them. And with additional colors available, including blue, brown, gray, and tan, you can get a pair to match practically every tux style.
5. Vans Tweed Sk8-Hi High-Tops
A twist of tweed will only up the ante on your tuxedo of the day. The legendary Vans Sk8-Hi lace-up high-top features tweed uppers and signature waffle-rubber outsoles while padded collars provide support and flexibility. But, aside from all that functionality, what we really love is the flashing bolt of white that crosses the sides, elevating these sneaks into tux-ready territory.
6. Converse by John Varvatos Metallic Sneakers
One of Converse’s many cool-kid brand collaborations, the Converse by John Varvatos Metallic sneaker is another high-top that was simply made for a tux moment. Packing a little bit of grunge and a whole lot of soul, this edgy version of the classic Chuck Taylor All Star has rock-star attitude and personality in spades. Just rebellious enough to color outside the lines, the shoe boasts fine Italian leather in a heady metallic hue that adds a rock ‘n’ roll edge to any tailored, formal look. One thing is for certain, with these soles, you and your tuxedo will definitely be ready for the stage.
7. Rivalry Hi Whiz Fourness Shoes
Blurring the boundaries of casual and formal style, the Rivalry Hi Whiz Fourness high-tops are an adidas Originals collaboration with Japanese designer Kazuki Kuraishi’s The Fourness and streetwear label Whiz Limited. The sneaker’s patchwork detailing blends materials like vintage denim, bandanna, shirt flannel, and paisley-print cotton for an unexpected mix of urban-inspired styling and hip-hop flair. Best worn with a navy tuxedo, these shoes will have you busting a move in no time.
8. Lanvin Low-Top Sneaker
The sophisticated flash of this pair of Lanvin low-top sneakers really needs no explanation. But we’ll hit the high points anyway. From the velvety velour calfskin in a rich bordeaux hue, to the patent-black toecap, and the crisp contrast of the white rubber sole, the designer shoe is simply made for a tuxedo cameo. For a monochromatic look, match these low-tops with a handsome nightshade tux.
9. New Balance Graffiti 300
This tennis original makes a notable comeback — and these tux-appropriate tennies aren’t just for the court anymore. The New Balance Graffiti 300 has been reinvented for everyday wear with the familiar retro athletic style upgraded with emerald-green embroidery and white stitching for added flair. Plus there’s a party on the inside of these shoes with the colorful, graffiti-inspired print that lines the insoles. Yes, these black sneakers are best worn with a black tuxedo for the ultimate streamlined appeal — with a sporty, winning punch, naturally.