Converse is easily one of the world’s most iconic sneaker brands. Famous for their vintage court shoe design, people have been styling them for nearly a hundred years. Everybody has – or should have – a pair stashed away in their wardrobe, so here’s our guide on how to wear Converse.
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As one of the most prolific trainer brands around, we all have our own memories and experiences with Converse. Whether it was tearing them to shreds in a skate park or keeping them pristine for your night out, this versatile brand has always been with us. This is a shoe that all of us have a pair of somewhere, as they are such a great lifestyle trainer that are comfortable and stylish to wear.
Whether you’re going for a smart casual style or a scruffy grunge vibe, Converse high top shoes will work for you. Over their near hundred year history, the company has barely changed the design of its shoes, and why would they? You can’t improve on perfection, but you can wear it. Here’s how.
Black and White High Top Converse
If you’re looking for a pair of versatile sneakers that will go with lots of outfits then these are the shoes for you. The rich history of Converse is epitomised in this classic high-top shoe. The black and white trim has been a staple of the Converse brand for years and is what makes them look (and feel) so great.
Black and white Converse are a great shoe to team with a plethora of looks. Whether you’re wearing them to the office or keeping it casual with a more toned down look, a pair of black and white Converse all star will work with you no matter what the occasion.
We’ve gone for a more street-smart inspired look with these trainers by teaming them with a pair of dad-style blue denim jeans with the cuffs turned up. We have then paired these with a white shirt and a printed overcoat the smarten the look, and accessorised with a cross-body bag and a pair of bold socks to add a splash of colour.
White High Top Converse
If you’re after a slick white pair of shoes to carry you through the year, then some white high top Converse are for you. You can muddy them up or keep them neat and clean – either are great to complete your final look. The great thing about white shoes is that they are easily adaptable to fit every and any outfit – simply, white goes with everything.
Surprisingly, a pair of white Converse can look quite smart, so don’t be afraid of teaming them with a smart casual look this season. Going for a monochromatic look, you can team your white Converse with a pair of black or even dark grey trousers. Turn up the bottoms of them to really show off your Converse and pair this look with a plain white T-shirt.
Converse make for the ideal transition shoe; this look will see you from the office to a night out afterwards. Accessorising shouldn’t be overlooked either. Take a simple beanie or plain black watch to heighten your look just that little bit more.
White Low-Top Converse
If you’re looking for a casual summer sneaker, then a pair of all white Converse low top are the ones for you. Not only does the classic look go with everything, they are also light and breathable enough to stop your feet from getting too hot. Pair them with some shorts or light trousers for an understated outfit.
White trainers are best when you wear them in a more casual and bright outfit. This makes them perfect for any spring or summer looks that you might have planned. Combining some low-top white Converse with a pair of blue jeans is a great way to create a fresh and balanced style. The white from your shoes will contrast with the dark blue of your jeans creating a subtle balance for the outfit.
Next, find yourself a loose-fitting black sweatshirt. A pullover is perfect for layering your outfit as it is easy to wear whilst keeping you warm when you need it. Finally, add a casual jacket over the top to add some more colour and dimensions to your style. Whether you’re wandering around the shops in town or you’re going down to the pub with some mates, this outfit will see you through your everyday routine.
Black High Top Converse
The versatile nature of this shoe is what makes them so great. If you’re looking for some casual trainers to wear through the winter season then you can’t go wrong with a pair of all black Converse. Although you should probably avoid walking through any wet or snowy conditions, if you just need a pair of dark and stylish shoes, look no further.
When wearing all black Converse a more wintry, monochrome outfit can be the best option. You have to be careful when wearing an all-black look to not appear too formal or you’ll end up looking like you’re going to a funeral. Instead, keep things casual with some slim-fit jeans and your Converse trainers.
Slim-fit or dad-style jeans work perfectly with these trainers as the cuff manages to sit nicely on top without flaring too much. Next, if it’s cold outside you should add a jacket to keep warm. Not only will this create a sense of uniformity with the bottom half of your outfit, it’s also an extremely stylish way to keep warm during the colder months. There are a whole load of jackets that will go well with Converse, especially if the Converse are black or white. If you want to, you can add some colour underneath your coat, but keep it simple, such as a plain T-shirt.
If you want to accessorise then get yourself a scarf or beanie hat. These give the perfect opportunity to bring some extra detail to a look that is otherwise rather dark and monochrome.
Converse with Shorts
Although you may not associate wearing high-top shoes with shorts, if you wear it correctly, it can actually be an extremely adventurous look to take on. Although you can easily wear low-top Converse with shorts for the safer option, experimenting with high-tops is much more exciting.
The key to getting this look right is to keep things casual and simple. As soon as you begin to add too many crazy colours or patterns your outfit will become too cluttered and loud. Try wearing some all black or white high-tops with a pair of denim shorts or canvas/twill shorts. The contrast between the light and dark will create a nice balance within you look. To keep it casual add a plain white or black T-shirt which will also link neatly with the colour of your footwear. It’s always a good idea to layer in the summer, so wearing an open shirt over a T-shirt is always a good idea. As it’s summer, why not accessorise your look with a pair of sunglasses and a cap?
Celebrities Wearing Converse
From smart casual, to hip hop and grunge, Converse is adaptable to any style. In testament to the popularity of Converse, many stylish celebrities wear them on a regular basis. From the 90s where River Phoenix rocked Converse to the current day with just about everyone owning a pair, there is whole load of outfit inspirations out there. If you’re wondering how to wear Converse with skinny jeans or baggy jeans, take a look at what some of the celebs are doing.
How to Wear Converse
- Get a smart casual look with classic black and white Converse. You can match these trainers with just about anything as there are no colours that don’t go well with black and white.
- For a more summery outfit try wearing white trainers. You can brighten up your outfit with some coloured shorts or accessories with a pair of sunglasses.
- Roll up your trousers to show your Converse off when you wear high-tops. Don’t go too dramatic on the roll-up though – keep it tasteful.
- Wear shorts and high-top sneakers, it’s a bold and brave style. Add some colourful socks to give the outfit some colour.
- Clean and maintain your shoes. Canvas can be tricky to keep clean, so be careful. Unless you want to go for the scruffy trainer look, look into getting some shoe protecting products.
On That Note
Converse has stood the test of time and is undoubtedly one of the most stylish and iconic trainers that a man can own. No one’s wardrobe is complete without a pair of these versatile shoes. Whether you’re trying to get the ultimate smart casual look, or just need some comfy footwear to get around in, Converse will have your back. No matter what kind of vibe you want to dress for, there will be a pair of Converse that easily suit it. Black and white Converse are the more classic and easy to style pair, so if you’re a Converse newbie, start with a pair of these to get you going. Now you know what to wear with Converse, you can play around with different outfits and see what works for you.