The Art of Matching to Your Sneakers


Whether you dress strictly from the feet up or like to curate a look around a pair of kicks, sneakers play a huge role in your outfit. And when your sneakers match with an element of your ‘fit, you can take things to the next level. Hyped release or a strong GR, there are so many ways to style sneakers with your whole look, an accessory or even your nails. Remember, there are no rules, so get some inspo going below!

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Style Up Your Whole ’Fit

Building an outfit from the feet up is a vibe, and matching your sneakers to your ‘fit can make them seriously pop. Here, @itsnotlouise strikes up an eye-catching green and purple combo. Pairing a vibrant knit cardigan to the iconic colourway of the ‘Veneer’ Ugly Duckling Nike Dunks, a purple bag is added to the mix, highlighting the purple laces and Swooshes.

@fatherofz shows how to match the Sacai Vaporwaffle with a cord bomber jacket. Setting it off is a hot pink beanie, bringing the perfect touch of contrast!

@lunaseclispe flexes Salehe Bembury’s New Balance 2002R ‘Water Be The Guide’ collaboration by styling a green crewneck and salmon-coloured pair of pants.

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Keep Your Socks On

Socks don’t deserve to be overlooked, and when you pay attention, you’ll notice they can really elevate your sneakers. Whether you’re going colour for colour, or want to play a game of contrast, here are a few different suggestions. @lucasblackman shows how to go full matchy-matchy with his socks, styling the Sneaker Freaker x ASICS GEL-Lyte III ‘Alley Cats’ with a purple pair. With his wheat New Balance 992LX, he matches his socks not only to the colour of his shoes but to his pants, too!

Matching With Makeup

Aside from garments and accessories, you can take things up a notch by matching your sneakers with your makeup. The concept’s been trending online for the past year or two, with many creators whipping up looks that celebrate their selected pairs – most popularly with eye shadows and creams. Above is @jasminsehra creating a look inspired by the ‘Psychic Purple’ AMBUSH x Nike Air Adjust Force, highlighting the pink, purple and black seen on the colourway.

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Nail It

Speaking of makeup, another way of matching your sneakers to a part of your look is with nail art! It’s so popular that Nike even created an AF-1 colourway dedicated to it. So whether you’re a nail tech or after a new design, there are plenty of ways to decorate your nails with your favourite kicks in mind. @ashleyvera_ has perfected the art of matching nail art to sneakers, serving everything from the Hello Kitty x Nike Air Presto retro to the Nike SB Dunk High ‘Strawberry Cough’. Head to your local nail salon, stat!

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