Menswear buyers have spoken: this season’s biggest footwear trend is the sneaker and we just can’t get enough of them. There are many reasons why we love this versatile shoe. Sneakers are more comfortable than Oxfords and they easily pair with a wide range of outfits from shorts to chinos. Moreover, with more designers creating luxurious versions, it’s not surprising that we are seeing more of this once-casual staple on the red carpet. Although at August Man, we believe a tuxedo should always be worn with a classic lace-up, it reveals how kicks have come to the fore in men’s style. Here are some tips on how to pick and pull off sneakers with some selections from

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When in doubt, stick to the classics
You know those wacky Jeremy Scott x Adidas trainers that so many celebrities are crazy about? Most of us can’t pull them off. It may seem cool to have wings flapping at the back of your feet, but we say stick to the classics. You’re no Bieber (and even then). There’s a reason why Converse sneakers and New Balance trainers have stood the test of time. They are iconic style items and pair well with jeans and a T-shirt. They are also affordable and look best a little worn in, so you don’t have to be too precious about them.

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Stay away from crazy colours and full metallics
Sure, we like paints splattered on canvases, but we’re not sold on the concept for shoes. If it looks like a unicorn vomited all over it, keep looking. The same applies to shiny silver or gold shoes that double up as light reflectors at night. They are loud, garish and terribly tacky. That’s not to say that we won’t embrace bright colours on our feet, but it’s all about balance and subtlety. If you’re not sure what to choose, safe choices are black, grey, blue, neutral and earth shades. This Saint Laurent pair keeps it clean with a bold white stripe on navy blue.

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Opt for subtle and interesting details
If you want to stand out from the crowd without having to resort to bright colours or wacky designs (I refer to Jeremy Scott again), look for small details that stand out.  Pay attention to how a shoe’s design plays with different materials and proportions. For example, this sleek Lanvin sneaker in suede features a patent toe-cap in the same colour, while Rick Owens’ nylon mesh sneaker sports a chunky sole and slightly comical proportions without going over the top.

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For comfort, nothing beats the slip on
For days when you don’t want to mess with laces, the slip on sneaker is your best friend. Once associated with skate shoes like Vans, today designer brands like Givenchy and Saint Laurent have pushed out their own luxe versions of this casual staple. We adore them for their relaxed vibe that reflects the wearer’s stylish nonchalance.

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