Here’s When Sneakers And Suits Are A Bad Idea

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So close and yet so far.

Wearing sneakers with a suit is probably our favorite way to do tailoring right now, and when done correctly it's a beautiful thing. However, that doesn't mean that it's easy. The type of sneakers is the key from making this look great as opposed to sloppy, and a good jumping off point to discuss dress sneakers vs. athletic sneakers — there's a big difference.

Listen, it's a fine line to master and, sadly, it's one that SNL's Pete Davidson crossed this weekend when he made the ultimate suit-and-sneakers no-no. While the best kicks to pair with your traditional suit are something sleek, something simple, something elegant and unassuming, Davidson decided to try to find the flashiest sneaker he could find and just toss that on with a two-piece.

Everything else about his outfit was great—the fit was terrific, the fabric texture was nice, the button-up shirt had a nice subtle pattern, he got a little flashy with the belt, which, in this circumstance, is totally fine. We'll even forgive the wonky, undone collar. But finishing things off with some lace-free high-top Nikes (which bare a striking resemblance to the self-lacing shoes from Back To The Future) with suit pants tucked into them wasn't the wisest move.


It's not that we're against self-lacing shoes, far from it, it's just that we've provided plenty of footwear options to choose from when it comes to a sartorial moment like this. However high-top sneakers with the pants tucked in are nowhere near that list. We've even broken down the type of suit that is best optimized for sneakers. Basically we've made sneakers and suits a lifelong obsession here, and we want you to do better, Pete. We know you can do it.

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