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On occasions that call for a suit, there's no reason you need to face the uncomfortable pain of dress shoes.

Fashion's continued preppy obsession has meant that formalwear is becoming something you no longer just pull out of your closet whenever there's a wedding on the horizon. But just because you're dabbling in more formal looks, that shouldn't mean turning in your sneakerhead credentials.

If you're going to tackle a formal look with sneakers, it's important to pay attention to silhouettes, colors, and materials that will help to elevate your tailoring.

What type of sneakers will best match your suit all comes down to what look you're going for — although it goes without saying that throwing gym-weathered beaters into the mix will impress precisely no one.

A pair of all-black or all-white classic leather sneakers are bound to blend in and not draw attention to the fact that you've opted for sneakers over dress shoes. Meanwhile, if you opt for some Chicago Jordan 1s or chunky retro runners, your footwear will likely become the centerpiece of your look.

Whether you’re embarking on the annual anguish of wedding season or you're looking to make a suit part of your wardrobe rotation, these are the sneaker styles that will help you nail the suit with sneakers look.

Monochrome Sneakers

Stepney Workers Club Pearl S-Strike Leather

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Pearl S-Strike Leather

$145

Stepney Workers Club

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Operating out of East London, Stepney Workers Club is a specialist in creating versatile sneakers. This all-white model comes with a chunky vulcanized sole that makes it suitable for skateboarding and a classic look that can easily be dressed up.

ASICS Gel-1130

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Gel-1130

$101

ASICS

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Black leather is the default material when it comes to dress shoes, so when breaking tradition and switching to a pair of sneakers with a suit it's a safe option to go for black leather sneakers. This pair from ASICS harnesses the technology found in the brand's extensive running shoe catalog so you're guaranteed comfort.

Saucony x Highsnobiety Pro Grid Triumph 4

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Pro Grid Triumph 4

$160

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Making a pair of retro runners work with a suit takes a bit of finesse and a mono-colored minimal pair such as this one makes for easier pairing. Created by this very magazine, in collaboration with Saucony, the sneakers include an open mesh base and a medial panel packed with Arch-lock technology for optimum comfort.

Timeless Classics

adidas Stan Smith

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Stan Smith

$185

adidas

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The adidas Stan Smith is a tennis shoe icon that's been reinvented into one of the brand's premier lifestyle silhouettes. It's a timeless design and is available in any number of colors. The low-profile sneaker makes for easy pairing with practically all suiting options. In the same canon of other adidas low-top models, such as the Gazelle and Samba, there's no going wrong with the classics.

Nike Jordan 1 Retro High

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Jordan 1 Retro High OG Chicago Lost and Found

$305

Nike

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It doesn't get much more iconic than a pair of Jordan 1s in the red, white, and black Chicago colorway. While most classic sneakers make for a low-key look, this famous basketball shoe is bound to make a statement. Pair the red from the shoes with your tie or pocket square and you've got a look.

Reebok Club C

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Club C

$120

Reebok

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A pair of white Club C's look good with practically everything, regardless of whether it's a suit or not. The minimal aesthetics and tasteful reduction of over-the-top branding mean that the shoe will effortlessly slot into any outfit. When considering which sneakers to wear with suits, Reebok makes some of the best classic shoes on the market.

High End

Maison Margiela Replica

Calfskin Replica Sneakers

$485

Maison Margiela

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The clue is in the name. Margiela's Replica sneaker makes no secret of the inspirational cues taken from the German Army Trainer, a fundamental low-top that was later elevated by Margiela. The Replica sneaker is now one of the most beloved high fashion sneakers, and a style that has proven itself as impervious to changing trends. Although there are loads of sneakers in the Margiela universe, the Replica is easily the most versatile of the lot.

Louis Vuitton LV Trainer

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LV Trainer

$1838

Louis Vuitton

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As shown above courtesy of BTS' J-Hope at the GRAMMY Awards, these white and purple Louis Vuitton sneakers match up perfectly with an all-white suit. Wearing all white is already a statement in itself, so why not double down and incorporate some luxury LV sneakers in the look?

Raf Simons Pharaxus Sneaker

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Pharaxus Sneaker

$353

Raf Simons

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Raf Simons closing his eponymous brand means that the days when his sneaker designs are readily available are numbered. This all-white pair bears a close resemblance to the Ozweego sneaker that Simons collaborated with adidas on — and which is credited for starting the dad sneaker trend. As mentioned earlier in this article, all-white sneakers make for easy pairing with a suit.

Colorful Sneakers

Salomon XT-6

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XT-6

$200

Salomon

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When you've got a hike at 12 but a wedding at 4, there's no shoe that'll fit the bill better than a pair of Salomons. We've given the outdoor label heaps of praise for the colorways it uses on its shoes and rightly so, this green-hued pair is just one of many examples where the brand has used a beautiful color scheme. While they might look slightly out of place with a traditional suit, technical labels such as ACRONYM and _J.L-A.L_ have increasingly been experimenting with tailoring which would fit perfectly with a pair of XT-6s.

adidas x Gucci Gazelle

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Gazelle

$625

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When opting for a pair of sneakers that are this colorful, you better have some bright suiting to go with it. As presented above by Brad Pitt, these look best with tailoring that's doubled down on color.

Converse x DRKSHDW TURBODRK Chuck 70 Laceless

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TURBODRK Chuck 70 Laceless

$148

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Thanks mostly to the Barbie Movie and its incredible marketing campaign, we're about to see a lot more of this pink shade this summer. It's even managed to creep its way into the designs of fashion's "lord of darkness": Rick Owens.

Retro Runners

adidas x Wales Bonner SL72 Knit

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SL72 Knit

$200

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Wales Bonner's adidas collaborations are yet to disappoint, and the duo's sneaker selection is always a highlight. While the collaborative Sambas get most of the limelight, the selection of retro runners that Wales Bonner's added her signature details to are not to be overlooked.

Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66

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Mexico 66

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Onitsuka Tiger

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Tiktok's favorite sneaker, the Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66, is the type of simple retro running sneaker that pairs perfectly with suit pants thanks to its slim shape. Opting for the silver pair above means committing to a bold look so you better have an eye-catching suit to match.

New Balance URC30AI

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URC30AI

$91

New Balance

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Football boots turned classic sneaker, the New Balance URC30AI comes with a 70s-inspired sporty look. The sneaker showcases a sleek build predominantly crafted from leather and comes in New Balance's signature "sea salt" colorway.

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