Swapping out your brogues for a pair of cool sneakers is the easiest way to inject a modern twist to your tailored look.

You may think sporting a fresh pair of sneakers with a suit might be risky but it will help you liven up a classic vibe. But you can’t just throw on your gym trainers with a bulky suit. You’ll look dated and out of style. Your suit needs to be modern, fitted, and sleek—and so do your sneakers. To help you achieve the right combo, here are our picks:

Hybrid

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Need a replacement for your leather brogues? Wear these and you’ll look a little more casual, but just as sharp; business on top and party at the bottom. The heritage styling and smooth sneaker soles will look fresh in a boardroom meeting and white goes with any colour suit. Tie is optional. R1800 Ted Baker

Sleek

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Patent or sheen leather sneakers retain some of the finesse of a formal shoe, and, when worn with a shirt and tie, can be dressed up in a sophisticated manner. Make sure your suit isn’t shiny and free of business-like patterns such as check or pinstripe, try black or grey, just not with a tuxedo. R1995 Kurt Geiger 

Simple 

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These stark tennis-like sneakers provide a cool white pop to a navy fitted suit. Loose the shirt and tie combo, and wear a golfer for an athleisure approach. R569 River Island

Edgy

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High-tops works better if your pants have a longer leg. You’ll get the casual sneaker feel without showing the entire shoe. Now try mixing up your grey and navy suit (navy blazer with grey pants) and chambray shirt, no tie. Now that’s clever styling. R1300 Trenery

Modern

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We like our monkstraps. Casual enough to complement our denim; smart enough to work with a suit on a date or at the bar. You can easily swap your dress shoes with these sneakers. The double buckle detail is cool, but the colour will keep your whole look understated. R2450 Carvella at Spitz