How To Style Black Sneakers

Black sneakers are a common closet staple for most people. Not only are they one of the most comfortable forms of footwear, but they are also a stylish addition to almost any outfit. 

How To Style Black Sneakers

No matter what occasion you are getting ready for, you can style your trusty black sneakers to complete the rest of your outfit. 

There are many different ways to style your black sneakers and their suitability for some occasions will depend on whether they are fully black sneakers or whether they are black sneakers with white soles. 

In this article, we have come up with some great ways to make the most out of your black sneakers for any occasion.   

Casual Look

One of the easiest ways to wear your black sneakers is to style them with a casual outfit.  Sneakers are known for their wearability and nowhere is that more apparent than with casual outfit options.  

Style Them With Jeans

Jeans are an old classic that never get old with black sneakers.  However, if you want to ensure that your outfit looks properly put together rather than something not looking quite right, there is one important rule you should follow. 

Black sneakers always look better when they are paired with darker jeans rather than lighter ones.  This means, stay away from those acid wash and stone wash jeans.  This is a look that works with sneakers that are 100% black and ones that have a white sole.  

Style Them With Leggings

Another casual way to style your black sneakers is with some sports leggings.  This one might apply more to women than to men, but it works for both sexes. 

Pairing your black sneakers, whether they are completely black or they have white soles or logos with some sleek, black gym leggings creates the perfect sporty look. 

Regardless of whether you are heading to or from the gym or not, even if you have never set foot in a gym in your life, this is a stylish and sporty look. 

Style Them With Shorts

Styling your black sneakers with a pair of shorts can create many different casual styles.  If you are pairing them with some denim shorts or cut-offs, you can create a fun and carefree look that is perfect for hanging out in the spring and summer. 

If you are pairing the sneakers with sports shorts such as basketball shorts or running shorts, you can look stylish, sporty, and fun rolled into one.  If you pair them with some sweat shorts you can create a look that is laid back and chilled out. 

Again, this works with 100% black sneakers and black sneakers with white soles. 

Style Them With Sweatpants

If you want to opt for the ultimate casual look, pairing your black sneakers with your favorite pair of sweatpants is the way to go.  With this look, it really is the top that decides whether you are put together or completely chilling out. 

If you finish this look with a well fitting shirt such as a T-shirt, tank top, or crop top you will look put together, relaxed, and sporty.  However, if you want ultimate comfort, finish the look with your favorite hoodie or sweatshirt. 

Professional Look

Although we don’t often correlate sneakers with professional attire, it is possible to pull it off as long as you have the right styling.  For some of these looks, all black sneakers will be the preferential option. 

However, for other looks, black sneakers with white soles can also be appropriate in a professional setting.  

Style Them With A Suit

If you have to or prefer to wear a full suit to the office or business meetings, this is the look for you.  While a full suit is often the most suitable attire for your professional setting, it can be difficult to feel like yourself when wearing dress shoes as well. 

If this is the case for you and you are struggling to find your confidence in your workplace because none of your personality can shine through, sneakers could be your secret weapon. 

Pairing your suit with completely black sneakers can be the perfect way to remain professional-looking while letting some of your true, natural self shine through.  This can also work with sneakers with a white sole, however, these should be paired with a lighter colored suit. 

Style Them With A Pants Suit

If you are a woman in the same situation, feeling like you need to dress in a certain way to be seen as professional and be taken seriously, but not having a lot of confidence when you do, the answer could be the same. 

A beautifully tailored pants suit can be the epitome of professionalism and style.  However, you can switch out those uncomfortable heels for your favorite black sneakers. 

Again, if your sneakers have a white sole, a lighter colored suit would look better.  Also, if you are switching from wearing heels with your suit to wearing sneakers, make sure that your pant legs are re-tailored to be the right length. 

Style Them With Business Casual

If you don’t want or have to wear a full suit to your place of work, black sneakers can be the perfect addition to your business casual look. 

Whether you are combining a smart button down shirt and jeans, or you’re wearing a business casual dress, black sneakers with or without a white sole are the ultimate finishing touch. 

Formal Look

Formal Look

Although it may seem unlikely, black sneakers can also be used for formal events.  It is worth noting, however, that you will need all black sneakers for this.

Style Them With Smart Casual

Black sneakers actually make the perfect addition to a smart casual look for a formal event.  Dress shoes can make an outfit cross the line from smart casual to fully formal. To keep things a little bit more relaxed, all black sneakers can be the finishing touch you are looking for.  

Style Them With A Three-Piece Suit

A three-piece suit is the ultimate in male formal attire.  It is one step below black tie that really makes it look like you’ve made an effort. 

However, there are not many people who feel that they can be their honest self when they are wearing this formalwear.  Black sneakers can help make you feel a bit more comfortable. 

Special Occasion look 

If black sneakers can be worn with formalwear, they can definitely be worn for a special occasion.  

Style Them With A Button Down Shirt

As we mentioned above, matching your black sneakers with a smart button down shirt and a pair of dark wash jeans can be a classic look.  It perfectly combines smart with casual.  Allowing you to have fun and be respectable. 

Style Them With A Party Dress

For the women, you can boost your comfort and style for a special occasion by pairing your favorite party dress with your trusty black sneakers.  This can create a fun look that allows you to keep dancing all night long. 

Style Them With Unique Pants

For the men and women, if you have a unique pair of pants that have a fun or bold pattern on them, a pair of classic black sneakers can be the perfect accompaniment to allow the pants to take center stage.  

Tips And Tricks

There are a few important tips and tricks to ensure that your black sneakers are looking fresh and on point at all times.  

Keep Them Clean

Keeping your sneakers clean is one of the most important things that you can do to make sure that they are looking fresh for any occasion.  Nothing ruins the quality of an outfit quite like dirty shoes. 

If you want to wear your black sneakers for formalwear or a special occasion, making sure that they are clean is key to pulling off the look.  Having a special cloth or even an old toothbrush to clean your shoes is the easiest way to keep your sneakers ready to go. 

Polish Them If They Are Patent

If your black sneakers have any patent material on them, it is important to keep this looking as shiny as possible.  If the patent is scuffed or dull and dirty, they won’t look as smart or as presentable. 

Patents can often be polished with a damp clean cloth.  It is best to keep a cloth especially for this purpose as you never really know what you’ve stood in with your shoes.  You don’t want to have to worry about spreading that dirt and those germs to other items in your home.  

Final Thoughts

There are so many different ways you can style black sneakers.  Despite what you might have thought about sneakers, they are actually very versatile. 

As long as you look after your sneakers properly and ensure that you keep them clean, you can wear them for almost any occasion no matter how formal or fancy it is.  Now you can always be happy and comfortable at all of your functions and events.

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