Dress codes across professions—whether you work in creative at an advertising agency or accounting for a bank—don’t require a suit and tie the way they once did. Blame it on casual Friday becoming casual every day, but the new way of dressing for most offices doesn’t call for notch lapels and dress trousers, it calls for…sneakers. (If you’re a lawyer or banker, however, then you may still be suit and tie mode for the foreseeable future.) Casual kicks are increasingly becoming an acceptable way to show up to work—but not every pair is appropriate. There’s a particular type of sneaker appropriate for your next big pitch the boss and it looks a lot like the dress shoes you used to swear by.
The goal here is to find a sneaker that looks like a sneaker, but not too much like a sneaker. Yeezys might look cool on the weekend, but they’re too sporty for the 9-to-5 grind and honestly, a distraction from your genius idea that will save the company millions. That’s why these ten pairs of sneakers are all done up in luxurious brown leather that’s on par with the stuff you’ll find on dress shoes (some even come with fancy details like burnishing!), which is why they’re the perfect for a button-up shirt and jeans, or, if the dress code allows it, with a suit all year round.