9-5 Chic: 4 Ways To Wear Sneakers To Work

September 5, 2016  |  

Cole Haan

Cole Haan

Sneakers are giving heels a run for their money in the workplace. Fashion sneakers have become more and more acceptable to wear to work and we’re big fans. Whether you get your coins by working in a creative or conservative field (or somewhere in between), we think everyone can partake in the trend—with the right styling, of course. That’s where we come in. We’ve put together four office-friendly outfits featuring sneakers you can wear with confidence.

But before we get into the looks, here are a few simple rules to keep in mind when wearing sneakers to work:

  1. Make sure your sneakers are clean. A little wear and tear is to be expected, but if your kicks look like you just came in from mowing the lawn, they probably definitely aren’t suitable for the workplace.
  1. Stick with neutral colors. Let’s make this one a general rule of thumb if you’re trying out sneakers at work for the first time. You have to ease into it.
  1. Always keep your work calendar in mind. Big meeting with the boss? Meeting with clients? You might want to save your sneakers for another day.
  1. Know your office dress code. Some places of business allow sneakers every day, some only on casual Fridays and some not at all (insert eyeroll emoji here). When in Rome, it’s best to ask before you stroll in to work wearing a pair.

Now that you’ve got the basic rules down, read on to check out four work-appropriate outfits featuring sneakers. By the end, we’re hoping you’ll be a firm believer in the idea that comfort and style can coexist.

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