Whether your style is strictly athleisure or you prefer the classic jeans and t-shirt combination, spring is the perfect time for a wardrobe refresh. Think layers and versatile pieces that can be worn when the sun finally treats us to some much needed warmth - and with the addition of your favourite sneakers, you’ve got yourself the perfect springtime outfit for the longer days ahead. 

If you’re currently feeling uninspired with your outfit options, take a look at our following tips on how to style sneakers for spring and get ready to shake out of that fashion rut.

Make a statement 

For those sneakerheads who love to make a statement with their choice of footwear, this look is for you. We’re talking Yeezy 500 sneakers with a chunky gum sole or Nike Air Jordan 1’s with contrasting colour details that will bring a plain outfit to life. Think plain t-shirt, khaki bomber jacket and slim fit joggers that graze the ankle. Neutral colours will also make your trainer of choice stand-out, so stick to hues of stone, grey or all-black if you want to really draw attention to your latest kicks.  

Colour coordinated cool

If you like your garms to coordinate well with your footwear (and who doesn’t?) then seek out elements of the design in your sneakers to reflect in your choice of top or jacket. With a new take on the classic springtime florals, the designs at Tom Ford and Paul Smith offered a 70’s inspired take on Aloha and large flower prints - why not take this trend and opt for a modern take on the Hawaiian shirt with chinos? Mirror the accent colour with your sneakers and you’ve got a masculine interpretation of the perfect colour coordinated outfit.

Embrace pastels

Not exactly a groundbreaking trend for spring, but thanks to the SS21 catwalk looks from the likes of Prada and Gucci, pastel is about to be big news in menswear style. So take inspiration from the lighter shades on the colour spectrum and opt for a dusty rose or light mustard hoodie teamed with jeans and fresh white sneakers like the Sacai x Nike LD in Waffle White for that contemporary casual look. 

Off-duty style

Labels and slogans always make a powerful statement when worn confidently. When it’s finally time to leave the jacket at home, a sweatshirt with a brand logo or slogan paired with black jeans and your favourite streetwear sneakers is a simple yet cool outfit that is an effortless option for everyday wear. Accessorise with a baseball cap and your sweatshirt-jeans-trainer combo is an ideal off-duty outfit for spring. 

Get smart, dress down 

A fusion of unexpected styles is always an adventurous choice when it comes to fashion. But don’t save your clothes for best, why not tap into the trend of formal trousers and a blazer teamed with trainers? Finished off with a graphic t-shirt, and you’ve got yourself a look suitable for a smart-casual-friendly office, post-lockdown drinks or even a mix of both as this outfit is the perfect option gives sophisticated day-to-night vibes. Opt for sleek sneakers such as the Nike Air Force 1 collection to keep things looking structured, clean and not overly casual. 

Whether you’re into mixing smart with casual or looking to experiment with your usual look this season, the Sole Scene guide on how to style sneakers for spring is a brief lookbook of ideas to inspire your wardrobe. The only thing left to do is to grab a new pair of luxury trainers or streetwear sneakers to match your revitalised look.

March 24, 2021 — Ollie Simpson