The office dress code isn’t what it used to be. Guys everywhere have traded their wingtip brogues for trainers and it’s about time you did the same. But don’t just throw on any pair – worn-out gym trainers have no place in the office. These kicks need to have a sleek design and be expertly crafted to make them appropriate for your 9-5. Don’t know any? No worries, here’s five trainers you can actually wear to work.
Common Projects – Black Achilles
Common Projects is known for designing the best minimal trainers, so going for its Achilles low-tops to complement pared-down work looks is a no-brainer. The monochrome leather finish is sleek and refined, while a subtle gold-toned stamp adds a luxurious touch that’s guaranteed to beat the Monday blues. Also, thanks to the rubber midsole and padded footbed, they’ll be comfortable even if you’re on your feet all day.
Lanvin – Burgundy Slip-Ons
This low-key slip-on from Lanvin definitely won’t get on the wrong side of HR. The rich burgundy upper is made from premium suede, making them a sportier alternative to loafers. Feeling brave? Take things a step further and match Lanvin’s shoes with a pair of eye-catching socks (the bolder the better).
Converse – Parchment Chuck Taylor All Star II
You don’t have to wait for casual Friday to lace up Converse’s Chuck Taylor All Star. As well as its neutral upper, which does a great job of helping you stay understated, the streamlined design also makes sure that your feet don’t look too bulky. Keep your eye on the laces too – they can’t just hang loose and look scruffy. Leave the top two eyelets free and wrap the laces around your ankles for a clean finish.
Dries Van Noten – Woven Lace-Ups
Keep your office looks super-luxe with Dries Van Noten’s trainers. The woven construction’s got the same attention to detail you’d expect from a tailored suit, while its tapered toe is a polished touch your co-workers are guaranteed to notice. They can’t promise to make those weekly budget meetings any less boring, but at least they’ll look great with a sharp blazer and a crisp Oxford shirt.
Diemme – Tan Loria
Want to stay comfy but still keep that traditional office look? Diemme’s Loria trainers are exactly what you need. The tan leather finish, durable rubber sole and mid-top construction make it a chukka boot hybrid you’ll never want to take off. If you need to woo a client these are the shoes to do it in.