So, a key point to remember is that not not all sneakers are created equal. Just because no one will bat an eye at a pair of suede New Balances in the office, doesn't mean you should bring your neon trainers. It's so easy to wear the wrong sneakers and look like you are going to the gym instead of a meeting. Not every trainers can be considered a "lifestyle sneaker." You are looking for more basic, simple and a polished sneaker such as the Adidas Superstar or even certain Nike sneakers can give you a more polished look....keep your Jordans at home guys....you don't want HR giving you bad stares.
This means avoid sneakers with bright patterns or that are bright in general (keep your neon kicks for the gym), excessive nylon or stretchy materials, or atypical soles.
A plain-colored leather or suede sneaker like a New Balance 574 or the Adidas Stan Smith will be acceptable in the workplace and can contrast your outfit really well. Try to pair a sneaker that will compliment your entire look and add to it, but not cause too much attention to the fact you are wearing sneakers to work. Canvas shoes like Vans, Toms or Converse All-Stars can be worn in some more casual offices.
Though we realize that sneakers won’t work at all offices, if you can get away with it, you should try it. Because, after all, heels/dress shoes are the worst!
GQ posed a great video on YouTube on how to wear sneakers with a suit for men and I posted it below.
Also, a great article for men by The Idle Man on how to pair sneakers with a suit! This article has some amazing tips and is a must read.
Remember to always keep in mind that you want to “dress for the job you want, not the job you have”