Sneakerheads have more choices than ever before and generally that’s something that’s great for the #culture today.
But often it’s not so straightforward to pick out bottoms that will complement your kicks, especially when the landscape runs the full gamut from timeless tennis styles like the adidas “Calabasas” Powerphase to futuristic shoes like the Nike VaporMax. Usually, our first instinct is to pull out a reliable pair of jeans, and then cuff them or pin-roll them if we don’t love the fit at first.
For a little while, the go-to solution for everyone was jogger pants, championed by Publish Brand but subsequently produced by everyone from Zara to Balmain. Featuring a ribbed ankle collar that looks great with almost any sneaker, one could argue this silhouette, and the trend it inspired, became so prevalent that people inevitably became bored with it.
In the meantime, sneakerheads have lazily tried pin-rolling, and tucking their socks into their pants, which is only slightly less embarrassing than tucking your shirt into your underwear.
In our street style sets from around the world, you’ve probably seen people like Nick Wooster and Eugene Tong who have been killing this look for years, as well as other cool but slightly intimidating style combinations (customized and distressed denim, or draping bell-bottoms) that are difficult to pull off, unless you’re a big-time fashionista. While those fashion week galleries do serve as a source as inspiration for daily fits, here’s another suggestion:
Cop a pair of suit pants.
Not some khakis or chinos, not Dickies or Carhartt, but some proper pleated trousers. You probably won’t find these in your neighborhood sneaker boutique, and they’re not something you should buy online without trying on first, but a nice pair of suit pants can accentuate your kicks in a strong way.
Of course this is a look for all ages, and there are many young sneakerheads pushing the culture forward, but for those of us around the corner from 30, the ability to produce a smart look from your arsenal is very key.
Inspired by urban living and the often-requisite commute to work, years ago New York City brand Outlier sort of pioneered the idea of office-ready trousers that stand up to cycling to an office job day-in-day-out. They still remain a strong choice today, and we recommend copping when they’re in stock.
Alternatively, while being designed with less raw function, Scandinavian brands like Acne Studios and Our Legacy always have trousers on hand that will strongly accentuate what’s in your sneaker closet. Stores like Uniqlo or H&M stock men’s suiting as well.
Not only will a bit of quick tailoring give you the perfect length, but suit pants add a nice veneer to nearly any sneaker, elevating mostly anything from YEEZYs to Vans. Not to sound too much like the guy from those Men’s Wearhouse commercials, but…
I just don’t want to see another pair of pin-rolled jeans on Instagram.
Check out some recommendations below, courtesy of Highsnobiety‘s curated shopping channel What Drops Now.