I always have a go-to, everyday, favorite pair of shoes I wear to work. They usually rotate from oxford, to flat, to boot. However, since moving to a new apartment in the city this year, I now walk to work everyday. After walking to work for a few weeks, I decided to try out running shoes for a more functional daily work outfit. I started without any idea on how to style running shoes and now I wear them a good portion of the week. So, today I’m sharing how I style running shoes with my everyday outfits.
I’ve never really been an everyday sneaker wearer. But with walking to work everyday, I really wanted something more comfortable to walk in. Before buying a pair, I honestly had no idea how to style running shoes. My biggest questions were:
- Can you wear running shoes with work pants all day and not look weird
- What kind of shirts can I wear with running shoes
- Will these look too casual in my office if I don’t change my shoes
My original intention with these shoes was to wear them just while walking to work. I would bring an extra pair of shoes to change into. Well this very quickly turned into not changing at all and wearing my sneakers all day. Now they’re my go-to everyday shoe.
How I Style Running Shoes
I have two favorite outfits to share today that I love wearing to work with my running shoes. I’ve also provided some tips below each outfit on why I think the style works versus what wouldn’t work. Let’s start!
Outfit One – Casual Work Pants
These green Everlane straight let pants are my absolute favorite work pants. They’re a straight version of the probably more popular wide leg pant. They have a nice masculine style to them which makes them easy to pair with things like running shoes or Bean boots. I haven’t mastered how to wear these shoes with more feminine looks yet though. All suggestions welcome.
I usually pair these pants with my striped t-shirt and a sweater for layers. The striped shirt is casual enough that it works with the shoes while the pants dress the whole outfit up a bit. I love the navy sweater added as the navy and green look so pretty together.
Do wear a casual crewneck sweater or shirt. Any t-shirt or even an oxford could replace the top I’m wearing here in this outfit. You could also get away with wearing a very simple silk blouse but probably not something overly feminine. Any color combination would work too.
Don’t wear more dressy work pants with this outfit. These pants work because they are a trendy style of chinos. I don’t think regular chinos would work either. Running shoes with everyday outfits are trendy right now and here I’m taking a more classic approach to that trend. I don’t think traditional work clothes could be paired all day with a pair of shoes like this.
Outfit 2: Jeans and a Classic Sweater
Wearing these shoes with jeans is a much easier and approach that requires less thinking. These dark wash Everlane jeans are the new jeans that I added to my wardrobe recently. They’re a great length on me. They’re not cropped and go all the way down to my shoes. I’m 5’6″ so realize that’s not the case for everyone. I think the wash and weight of the denim looks great with these New Balance grey sneakers. This is definitely a more casual look but with the right top is work appropriate for a casual work environment.
Do wear dark wash or light wash jeans. Do wear any cut of jean. Skinny, wide leg, or straight can be worn with this outfit. Also wear more casual tops and simple sweaters. Do add a plaid or chunky scarf for some extra layering.
Don’t wear a dressy blouse. Also, don’t wear a sweatshirt or anything athletic. That would probably make it too casual.