* Give your office look a casual spin
* Some of the best office-ready kicks come from Vans
* Here are the best pairs – and how to wear them
Sneakers are an appropriate footwear choice to wear in many offices, as long as you choose the right style. To work in a business-casual workspace, your sneakers have to compliment grown-up outfits (so you don’t look like a 14 year old at a bat mitzvah), and they should incorporate a splash of trend-savvy details that you can only get from wearing sneakers.
Vans might be famous for their slouchy surf-skate look, but they actually have some of the best office-ready sneakers out there. Below are 8 of our favorites (for men and women), as well as recommendations for how to wear each one to the office.
1. Vans Era – Black
The Vans Era in leather is a classic, no frills sneaker that lends itself very well to office attire. The Era in black is a good choice because they look great with everything from jeans and a tee to slacks and a blazer.
2. Vans Era – White
The Era in White is the most sneaker-y choice on our list, and makes the best choice for casual offices that still require some decorum. We recommend wearing them with nice jeans, a crisp button-up, and a quality sweater for a casual office outfit look that’s still decidedly professional.
3. Vans Era – Chocolate
The Chocolate Eras look even closer to a traditional dress shoe, so they have a little more flexibility with office attire. Wear them with any of your go-to suits (just not your black one), or rock them on casual Friday with chinos and a neutral sweater.
4. Vans Desert Chukka
No one will guess these desert Chukkas are by Vans, because they look like something much more high end. They make a great fall-winter office shoe, and look especially good with neutral-colored chinos and jeans or a casual suit.
5. Vans Sahara Boot
These Sahara boots are similar to the Chukka, offering some rugged but office-ready style at a very affordable price point. It really comes down to personal preference, because these can also be worn with chinos, jeans, and even a casual suit.
1. Vans DX Slip-On
These Leather Slip-On Vans will be your office attire secret-weapon. They’re super comfortable, but they also provide a blend of modern and professional style that looks great with just about every work outfit in your closet.
2. Vans Slip-On Mid DX
If your office is a little more progressive style-wise, then the fashion-forward Vans Mid DX is a great choice. They elevate the classic sneaker with a slightly larger sole and a modern mid-ankle, and look great with a simple office dress or jeans and a blouse.
8. Vans Fringe DX
The Fringe’s modern design and whisper pink color goes best with a more trendy outfit. Wear them with everything from a dress to a statement-making power suit.