If the recent celebrity craze is to be believed, then sneakers are the new style staple for men. From red carpets to news conferences to fashion shows to awards ceremony, this ‘comfort meets relaxed chic’ casual style was seen on stylish men with aplomb. However, if you feel sad that the trend may declare the end of the formal dressing for men, then think again. Some of the men did make it work for them and looked dishy, sporting sneakers even at formal dos.
We did a style detour and found four men who looked fashionable in this trend. From Hollywood, Harry Potter star Rupert Grint, TV actor Adrian Grenier and Bollywood actors Imran Khan and Shahid Kapur wore a pair of sneakers in distinctive style.
Experts maintain that the casual style at the formal do is a tricky style to pull off. So here’s looking whether the stars fared high on style or looked downright dowdy? We get our panel of experts — Fashion designer Rahul Khanna of ‘Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna’, fashion editor of Man’s World magazine Rin Jajo and fashion designer Sanchita Ajjampur to give us their verdict on this trend.
Rupert Grint: Wore lace-up high top sneakers at a media conference in Japan
Rahul Khanna [3/10]
"The look is too casual for a red-carpet event. It really doesn’t work. In addition to looking sloppy, the faded double layered look is not a good option."
Rin Jajo [5/10]
"The over-all colour combination of his clothes though a bit boring, works well and the colourful shoes are nice. His hair needs to be well-groomed and and a fitted jacket would give his torso a bit more structure."
Sanchita Ajjampur [8/10]
"His shoes are the perfect contrast of colour, deconstruction, and grunge. The tee under the sweater is banal. A colour or a print will bring life to the entire look. A vintage printed tee or a plain coloured shirt may add an edge to the look. "
Adrian Grenier: Wore a pair of clean sneakers while attending a fashion show in New York
Rahul Khanna [9/10]
“The look definitely works well for him, it makes me feel like watching Entourage all over again! He could have paid a little more attention to his hair.”
Rin Jajo [7/10]
“The look is clean and everything fits him well. It is very normal and boring for a red-carpet look, and makes him look old. A fitted black or brown leather jacket would have given him a fresher look along with neater hair.”
Sanchita Ajjampur [9/10]
“Adrian has a smart relaxed cool style; the whole look is youthful and shows him at ease with his style.”
Imran Khan: Wore top-siders shoes for the launch of an apparel line in Mumbai
Rahul Khanna [4/10]
“He looks like he is dressed for the day sporting a casual look. The look is a little too casual. Being a public figure, he could have put more thought before stepping out. I would suggest him to burn those awful shoes and leave the shirt out instead of tucking it in.”
Rin Jajo [7/10]
“I like the fact that he has kept it basic and simple. His khakis could have been a better fit and the shoes could have been less chunky.”
Sanchita Ajjampur [5/10]
“The chinos although are classic, are looking dated. This look needs to be updated with slimmer trousers. I would suggest him to consider dark Converse or sleek trainers to bring a relaxed coolness.”
Shahid Kapoor: Wore classic Converse sneakers for an awards function in Mumbai
Rahul Khanna [8/10]
“Absolutely love the casual chic crushed look and the linen jacket looks great. He’s definitely put a lot of thought in putting the outfit together.”
Rin Jajo [7/10]
“It looks relaxed and chilled out and the shoes work well with the look. I don't like the folded shirt cuff and the upturned collar.”
Sanchita Ajjampur [7/10]
“The light jacket thrown over a white shirt is a classic understated look. The over-washed and treated jeans can be outdated and could come across as run- of the- mill; the rips in jeans make the whole look seem very busy.”