Wardrobe Essential: The Stylish Sneaker

Once confined to the street, the everyday sneaker has been transformed into a versatile and fashionable shoe that is appearing with more than just casual wear and is even seen as a counterpart to the slim, contemporary suit.

The stylish sneaker has emerged as a bestseller at Saks Fifth Avenue for spring, appealing to men of all ages. “This new crop of dressy sneakers allows guys to express their personal style in a way that’s both fashionable and comfortable,” says Eric Jennings, the company’s vice president and fashion director of menswear. “It’s a staple this spring simply for its versatility.”

With dozens of alternatives in suede, leather, and alligator, it’s important to know your limits when choosing one, says Jennings. “Remember that the idea is to look casual and polished at the same time.”

Here are some of our favorites for the season, available now at Saks Fifth Avenue. (212.753.4000, www.saksfifthavenue.com)

Photo 1: Dior Homme’s suede-and-leather navy version offers an understated sporty look ($860).

Photo 2: Dior Homme offers a wide variety of sneakers, including these red high-tops ($920).

Photo 3: Tod’s adds a hint of color to an overall polished leather look with its hunter-green sneakers ($525).

Photo 4: Dsquared2’s crisp sneakers in silver, black, and white are among Jennings’s favorites this season ($615).

Photo 5: Another one of Jennings’s favorites is Alexander McQueen’s leather sneaker with artisan trim ($845).

Photo 6: The Swiss luxury brand Bally put its signature red-and-white stripe on sporty high-tops ($450).

Photo 7: Lanvin’s high-tops trimmed in pleated lambskin add an edge to the classic gray suit ($895).

Photo 8: Giuseppe Zanotti’s use of satin offers an elegant element to high-top sneakers ($650).

Photo 9: Gucci offers three sophisticated and relaxed options in suede ($550).

Photo 10: Prada’s simple black patent leather makes for a sleek sport shoe ($440).

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