Men’s sneakers: what’s in, what to buy & how to wear them

What better way to kick off the new season than to become part of the forward-looking fashion wave, having the chance to break a few rules along the way? While sneakers are no strangers to what builds a men’s wardrobe today, even one that’s stripped to its bare essentials, it’s only during the last few seasons when the hightop look grew to be perceived as something other than a mere dressed-down statement.

The fall 2013 fashion trends finally moved to see way past appearance, introducing us to the notion of high fashion sneaker. Once built as the practical footwear choice for all sorts of athletic activities, the sneakers morphed into what is now a fundamental piece of the modern men’s urban getup. Integrating function and style in a series of classic, or revised hybrid silhouettes is what the new footwear movement is all about.

Find out which are this season’s key styles and learn how to top off your fall ensembles with the perfect sports accent, after the break.

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Designer men’s sneakers: the cross over into high fashion.

As we grew to learn by now, the fashion world is always on the look out for the unexpected, siding with the dramatic and the pretentious before ever choosing to highlight the concept of comfort. So although surprising, the sneaker’s cross over into high fashion territory happened to be quite the smooth transition, with every man learning to rediscover the trainer from a fashionable point of view.

The revival of the sports shoe is prone to conquer new heights in the seasons to come, meaning the trend’s outbreak during spring / summer 2013 was just a first sign pointing towards the new direction we’re currently heading. All the more reasons to get excited.

Mens sneakers trend for fall 2013
High-top sneakers on the streets of Paris.

Men’s trainers: the exception to the rule.

Either breaking the fashion rules or comprising the exception to the rule, the men’s sneakers are definitely on the way to building a new legacy for themselves – meaning there’s no better time to erase everything you thought you knew about them and start completely fresh. And just in case you haven’t already, getting used to notions such as high-fashion sneakers or fashionable men’s trainers is also part of embracing the innovation.

Mens sneakers trend for fall 2013
Sneaker hybrid at Trussardi F/W ’13 men’s

Key men’s sneaker styles.

Because finding a pair of cool sneakers that don’t sacrifice function and quality over aesthetic appeal might be quite the challenging task, and because some men are admittedly more skeptical when it comes to purchasing sports shoes designed by luxury brands, we took it upon us to find those few remarkable styles that bear it all: comfort, quality and a sleek design to top it all off.

Converse Jack Purcell Leather Sneakers

You can’t really build a list containing the best sneakers out there without looking back at the brands that made it all possible. Converse’s iconic Jack Purcell leather sneakers rank among the few styles that can be paired with almost anything shaping a men’s wardrobe. These iconic trainers are set to add personality to your looks, despite carrying such a classic and timeless design.

Shop: Converse Jack Purcell Leather Sneakers

Men's sneakers trend for fall 2013

Armando Cabral Yuri Leather High Top Sneakers

Sophisticated modern footwear is what Armado Cabral is set to bring to the table and things couldn’t be more accurate judging by the Yuri leather high top sneakers. Sports shoes turned the ultimate expression of refinement, these minimalist sneakers are equipped to achieve cult status amongst trainer aficionados.

Shop: Armando Cabral Yuri Leather High Top Sneakers

Mens sneakers trend for fall 2013

Adidas Originals ZX 700 Sneakers

Many agree upon the fact that sneakers should be exclusively made by sports apparel companies with both a taste for performance and a rich history behind them. The Adidas Originals ZX 700 sneakers are the kind of sports shoes that best represent the street culture from where they primarily draw inspiration.

Shop: Adidas Originals ZX 700 Sneakers

Mens sneakers trend for fall 2013

Saint Laurent SL04H High Top Sneakers

With Hedi Slimane in charge, the house of Saint Laurent infused their sporty high top sneaker silhouettes with an ultra-modern, street-ready Parisian feel. The brand’s unique approach to sportswear revived the modern trainer scene, hitting all the right notes just as the style turned into a real street phenomenon.

Shop: Saint Laurent SL04H High Top Sneakers

Mens sneakers trend for fall 2013

Nike Air Max 1 Essential

Premium materials and a full spectrum of styles that keep up with the latest design and performance technologies point to Nike as being the superior choice when it comes to durable sneakers with a comfortable fit. The Air Max 1 Essential represents another fresh take on the classic sports shoe.

Shop: Nike Air Max 1 Essential

Mens sneakers trend for fall 2013

Pierre Hardy Felt High Top Sneakers

Pierre Hardy is known for providing only the best of quality for their cutting-edge designs. The Parisian brand’s felt high-top sneakers fell under the modern sneaker category, proving that even the luxury brands can get the notion of high-fashion sneaker right.

Shop: Pierre Hardy Felt High Top Sneakers

Mens sneakers trend for fall 2013

How to style sneakers for men.

The first rule in styling the sneakers this season is to forget all about past guidelines. Maybe even forget all about rules in general. Anything goes as long as you remember to stay true to what normally defines your personal style. Try to always build your outfits from the ground up, thinking of a statement pair of sneakers as being the main component of your look and not the accessory that you throw on last minute.

Taking inspiration from the street.

In terms of inspiration, the streets can feel a tad intimidating at this point, but if you look past what builds the drama, you will find enough of those totally wearable styles that would appear to be equally cool. With that in mind try:

  • choosing a pair of sneakers that will blend in with your aesthetic, but will stand out when putting together an outfit
  • going for a super-casual approach without giving up the style (a plaid shirt will add plenty of contrast to a otherwise bland look)
  • clashing items of different styles while still holding on to comfort (a leather jacket, a basic tee, jeans and sneakers)
  • contrasting classic tailoring via a pair of bold and colorful pair of sneakers

Mens sneakers trend for fall 2013
Men’s sneakers as seen on the streets

Taking inspiration from the runway.

Judging by what we saw take place on the runway, key to wearing sneakers in fall 2013 is to build your outfits upon opposition. Dapper, edgy or plain sophisticated, it all looks bolder and better when finished off with an ultra-cool sports accent. Try:

  • treating a pair of high-tops just like you would treat a pair of lace-up boots (pants tucked in, socks in sight)
  • keeping your looks monochrome, while playing upon texture and an unexpected collision of styles
  • indulging in winter whites and pastel blues by adding even more personality to what is the classic tailoring + sports shoe daring combination

Mens sneakers trend for fall 2013
Men’s sneakers at YMC F/W ’13 men’s, Lanvin F/W ’13 men’s and Xander Zhou F/W ’13 men’s

If you want to know what other shoe styles are on trend for fall 2013, beyond men’s sports shoes, check our fall 2013 shoe guide for men.

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Shaped by all things beautiful and feminine, Nicoleta Parascan’s first steps towards entering the captivating world of fashion were taken somewhere around the young age of six, when she received her very own first fashion magazine. Discovering an entirely new universe, filled with pretty ladies and beautiful clothes, there was not much able to ever beat or compete with the fantasy land that was suddenly opening up. Surrounded by books, constantly thinking about the next best outfit, in search of a signature style and defined by a nostalgic calling towards the past, Nicoleta believes in taking chances, in destiny and in building her own path in life. When she’s not writing, you can easily find her playing with her cat, reading an old book, watching movies, exploring the city or blogging her own daily adventures.