Five work-approved sneakers for men

Casual days at the office don't need to be a holiday from looking good with these stylish options.

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This is how you tell fashion neophytes from seasoned sartorial pros. Men who are new to the game think that style means dressing up; men who are on top of their game know that style means looking good even when you're dressed down. These five work-approved sneakers will have you mastering the subtle art of dressing down, even when you're slogging through a stack of paperwork at the office.

1. Converse Jack Purcell CP

John Edward “Jack” Purcell, a Canadian world champion badminton player and stockbroker, designed a canvas and rubber badminton sneaker for the B.F. Goodrich Company of Canada in 1935. Converse purchased the trademark rights to Jack Purcell sneakers in the 1970s, and continues to produce them today. Note the shoe's signature “smile” across the toe.

Price: $89.99

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2. Lanvin two-tone suede and patent-leather sneakers


Lanvin's couture sneaker game is always on point. The two-tone suede and patent-leather sneakers blend a subtle navy suede body with black patent leather trim and a patent toe cap. Leather lining and an off-white rubber sole finish off their boardroom-appropriate casual look.

Price: $438

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3. Common Projects sneakers

Common Projects, a collaboration between Flavio Girolami and Prathan Poopat, is inspired by the lines and shapes of everyday objects. These black leather Common Projects sneakers have a sleek, low profile that allows them to fly under the radar while you're at work. Their only decoration is a series of gold numbers decorating the heel.

Price: $388

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4. McQ Alexander McQueen shell toe trainers

McQueen is usually known for over-the-top, dramatic pieces that are more suited to the runway than the everyday, but the McQ Alexander McQueen shell toe trainer is a pleasant departure from the theatrics. The black canvas and burgundy patent leather combo is sophisticated and understated.

Price: $349

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5. Chuck Taylor All Star Lo

Our list would be incomplete without the original go-anywhere sneaker. The Chuck Taylor All Star Lo is a classic of the genre. Their low cut canvas upper and rubber outsole/toe cap have been seen everywhere, from the street to the stage to the office to the feet of wedding parties.

Price: $89.99

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