Sneakers have slowly but surely been (excuse the pun) sneaking their way into workplaces. The turn of the century has seen the dress code of many places of business start to relax considerably. As a result, it is no longer uncommon to see a tailored suit get paired with trainers. Despite the sudden acceptance of athletic footwear, one still has to be wary of what he dons on his feet, for the wrong pair of shoes might send out an inappropriate signal to your higher-ups. Fret not, for we have teamed up with our friends at Zalora to guide you and your feet to sartorial perfection.

The Formal

For a look that does not say “fire me now,” we recommend this pair of plain white sneakers. All jokes aside, keeping things simple when it comes to maintaining workplace formality while still being comfortable in your kicks goes a long way. If you are afraid of soiling that gorgeous white, it never hurts to use classic colours like black and navy.

Topman White PU Trainers

Topman White PU Trainers
Originally $73.90 | $70.90 after 4.0% Cashback

The Fuss-free

Admit it, you hate tying laces as much as we do too. That’s why we recommend these slip-ons for all you businessmen on-the-go with no time to spare. Without the informality that laces bring to regular sneakers, slip-ons are the perfect companion to your workplace wardrobe.

Vans Classic Slip-On Sneakers

Vans Classic Slip-On Sneakers
Originally $44.50 | $42.70 after 4.0% Cashback

The Indie

Just a tad bit rebellious, with tones of ’90s grunge for effect, the classic Converse Chuck Taylor All Star will almost always get you fired. Almost. If paired with something more tailored, these sneakers will provide that fitted silhouette, but with a little more soul, which will make you a trendsetter rather than a workplace faux pas.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Canvas Hi Sneakers

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Canvas Hi Sneakers
Originally $69.90 | $67.10 after 4.0% Cashback

The Preppy

Much like slip-ons, boat shoes, by design give off a traditional preppy feel, allowing you to get pass your office fashion police without so much as a second glance. For our pick of preppy sneakers, we have gone with Sperry, the undisputed leader of affordable yet stylish boat shoes.

Sperry Bahama 2-Eye Ballistic Sneakers

Sperry Bahama 2-Eye Ballistic Sneakers
Originally $64.40 | $61.82 after 4.0% Cashback

The Sporty

This is a tricky one. We do not recommend you ever wearing obviously sporty sneakers to your place of work, but if you insist, here are some rules to follow, but do so at your own risk.

  1. Keep them a dark color and as inconspicuous as possible.
  2. Make sure they are proportional; thick soles can register as chunky and unbalanced, while thin soles are just read as under-dressed.
  3. Ensure that you yourself are well-groomed for an overall aesthetic boost.

Asics Nitrofuze Shoes

Asics Nitrofuze Shoes
Originally $129.00 | $123.80 after 4.0% Cashback

The Versatile

Nike has become so ubiquitous that when someone mentions sneakers, your first thought would likely be that famous tick. So much so, that sometimes it feels like wearing the famous tick gets you a get-out-of-jail-free card when it comes to fashion. That’s why we recommend a pair a Nikes for something versatile; whether you’re headed to the office or to the clubs, it’ll be your best buddy. (Just don’t get too crazy with the colours.)

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33 Shoes

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33 Shoes
Originally $199.00 | $191.00 after 4.0% Cashback

Now that we have settled what shoes to wear to work, we have to figure out the rest of your wardrobe. Thank goodness we always have Zalora to watch our back. With 4.0% cashback through ShopBack, or 12.0% cashback if you are a new customer, getting ready for the office has never been easier!

All images are taken from Zalora unless otherwise stated. 

Prices are accurate as of 16 September 2016. 

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