Grown-Man Sneakers

November 21st, 2011

Ever since I was a kid growing up with hoop dreams I’ve had a love for sneakers. I used to collect them. At one time I think I had almost 100 pairs, including every Jordan from I-XX (and no money in my pocket, of course).

As I’ve gotten older my style has evolved with me. With the exception of a handful of favorite Js, I traded in most of my athletic sneakers for more grown-up low-top, neutral kicks.

One of my favorite pairs right now is these brown suede Lanvin’s with patent leather toe.

They’re sharp enough to wear to a “business causal” office, in my opinion. Most businesses aren’t requiring power suits anymore – if you have the freedom to wear jeans, than a sharp sneaker shouldn’t be a problem.

Bonus Tip: A lapel pin is a great place to add some personal flair (Office Space, anyone?). I like my Canadian flag pin on the collar rather than the lapel.

Bonus Tip II: Every color in this outfit is considered a neutral color (browns, greys, blues, whites, tans). Because of this, each piece in this post is interchangeable. I could probably put a dozen outfits together  with only these pieces. Versatility is everything in menswear.

Bonus Tip III: This is a polyester tie from my late grandfather. Similar ones can be found in vintage stores for a handful of loose change.

  • Brown suede captoe sneakers by Lanvin ·
  • Tortoise shades by Matsuda Eyewear ·
  • Blue chambray shirt by Rag&Bone ·
  • White denim jeans by Helmut Lang ·
  • Olive/brown tie Vintage from my late grandfather ·
  • Grey suede gloves by Thom Browne ·
  • Canvas tote bag by Filson
  • · Navy unlined cotton topcoat by Theory

Midnight Wool Coat

Thanks for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier


Photography by Alex Crawford.