Every day of every month at GQ, we start your morning on Instagram with visual advice on What to Wear Today. But we want to go deeper. Give you the nuts and bolts of how to get the look into your wardrobe. Up today: slip-on sneakers at work
If you’re they type of busy guy whose days include the 15K steps your smartwatch tells you to take and you favor a standing desk, the only sane solution is more comfortable shoes. We’re talking more cushioning with bouncier soles. And for guys who need to cut minutes out of their morning routine, slip-on sneakers are the easiest shoe to pull on when you’re running late or just can’t be bothered tying laces.
Still, making sneakers look office appropriate is a style challenge capable of stumping even the most experienced dressers. Unless however, we’re talking about a sleek pair of leather slip ons. Their streamlined silhouette and rich leather uppers make these dressed-up skate shoes your best bet for bridging the office style/comfort gap. They also make any suit look infinitely cooler. The way to make the style work in the workplace is to opt for a pair in black or deep navy (a.k.a. all-business hues). (Save the colors that satisfy your inner peacock—orange, yellow, olive green—for the weekend).
The most important detail to nail here is the hem of your pants. A little ankle is required for getting the most style mileage out of your cozy slip-on kicks. And a hem that’s too long or too wide sinks the sleekness you’re going for by adding these to a look. Check out how actor Dev Patel kept things neat and tidy with a tapered pair of no-break trousers in the pages of GQ. This move is easier done without socks, or with a pair of no-shows. But if you’re really feeling the skater vibes, a pair of chunky ribbed socks will complete the look. After that, all you have to do is walk out your front door with the confidence of a man who knows he looks good.