When it comes to men's wardrobes, very few fashion items are as versatile as sneakers.
As you might have noticed, sneakers have become even more popular in recent years. Not only do they look good on almost everyone, but they can also be worn in a variety of different settings for a range of outfits. The global sneaker culture is growing to a point where specific pairs are even considered an art form. Take Dr Esther Mahlangu, who recently made waves as her work was showcased in Dubai. They unveiled a pair of customized Jordan 1 sneakers in a 2020 exhibition. It featured Ndebele designs, which was hand-painted by Dr Esther Mahlangu. Step back 10 years ago, and you would have never seen a pair of sneakers sell for about R7.5-million.
Men gravitate towards sneakers because it is one of the few fashion items that we can utilise to express our characters. Gone are the days when you could only wear them to the gym. These days' sneakers can be combined with an assortment of styles ranging from casual wear to streetwear, in some cases even semi-formal wear. In this sneaker guide, we will be covering a range of our Bogart man sneakers and your options when wearing them.
Essential sneaker rules
No matter what sneakers you wear, there are some basic principles to consider, which we will cover below.
Consider your current wardrobe and buy sneakers accordingly
What is the use of buying the latest sneakers if it does not fit in with your existing wardrobe? Instead, choose sneakers that compliment what you already have, not shoes that require you to clean out your entire closet for a new one.
Wear them on the right occasion
As we mentioned, sneakers are versatile, but they aren't a substitute for formal shoes. You can get away with wearing sneakers for casual days out but draw the line when you are attending weddings and formal events that require you to dress up.
Keep your sneakers clean
No matter how cool your sneakers are, it speaks volumes about yourself if they are dirty. People tend to quickly notice messy and dirty sneakers and form a perception of who you are based on what they see. Proper sneaker care goes a long way, and it will keep your sneakers odour free.
How to choose sneakers
There are plenty of different sneakers, so we understand that choosing a pair that suits you might be challenging. Here is a couple of tips to take into consideration. Dark sneakers are perfect for rainy days. High top sneakers provide great comfortability and support. Leather sneakers are more waterproof than other sneakers.
Last but not least, your sneakers should subtly hint towards your character as a person. Everyone has different purposes for their sneakers. Some only wear them when they are heading out. Other people wear sneakers daily. And some are still considering whether or not to buy them.
Types of sneakers
Classic low top sneakers
Low top sneakers appear to be slicker, and you can virtually wear them anywhere on a casual day out. You can even wear them with funky socks that showcase your style to spice things up. Low top sneakers look good with shorts, jeans and even chinos. The choice is entirely up to you. For example, the Bogart Man sign sneakers will make a great addition to your casual wear wardrobe. It features decorative typography that gives it a classy finish.
When the temperature starts dropping, you want to look stylish but comfortable. High top sneakers make a great choice, especially if you wear your high tops with jeans or chinos. The high-top sneakers provide a streamlined look to your outfit and set you apart from the rest. These Bogart High top sneakers are not only comfortable but lightweight too. Making them the perfect pair of sneakers on a casual day out. Pair them with your favourite jeans or chino for a unique, well-finished look.
Luxury sneakers allow you to flaunt your style a bit. They are considered luxury sneakers based on the design and collection size of the specific sneaker. A sneaker can also be luxury based on several factors such as the material used, the craftsmanship involved in the manufacturing process and the market preference. The term luxury is subjective, but it is a combination of function and aesthetics for some. A pair we suggest is the Bogart man signature sole sneakers. These designer shoes are super trendy and durable.
If you live an active lifestyle, it's more than likely that you have at least one pair of sports sneakers. These are the kind of shoes you use when going to the gym, playing soccer, or jogging. Every man that likes breaking a sweat every now and again should own a pair of sports sneakers. They will also be the shoe that takes the most wear and tear, so make sure you get shoes that are as durable as it is good looking. The Bogart Man Perforated Fashion Sneaker provides you with comfortability and breathability in combination with a trendy design to ensure you always look the part. Another alternative is the Bogart Man speed sneakers which come in various colours.
A sneaker for every occasion
The Bogart Bishop
For a night out with the boys, an office party or casual events with friends, we suggest wearing a pair of sneakers that will compliment your outfit for the occasion. For a laid back outfit, you can pair your low top sneakers with your favourite pair of jeans. The Bogart Bishop would typically shop for shoes such as the smart casual sneaker from Bogart Man
The Bogart Boss
A smart-casual approach is probably your best bet for events that don't require you to fully dress in a suit and tie. Luxury sneakers make an excellent option for most smart casual outfits. You can pair them with a trendy pair of jeans and a crisp jacket or t-shirt for a look that draws the right kind of attention. The Bogart Boss will opt for a perforated Bogart Man fashion sneaker to compliment his style.
The Bogart Bachelor
When hitting the gym, you need shoes that can take some punishment. Gym sneakers need to be comfortable, lightweight and durable. The point here is not to make a fashion statement but rather exercise in comfort. Shoes like the Bogart Man speed sneakers make a great addition to your casual shoe collection. The thick soles and sturdy design ensures that you are comfortable at all times. A Bogart Bachelor typically shops for the Bogart Man speed sneakers or Sign sneaker, which gives off a relaxed, casual vibe.
If you really love sneakers and have invested a lot of money in your collection, it is best to take care of them. Although it might seem like a lot of work, taking the initiative to clean them regularly can save you a lot of time and money in the long run. Below are some of our top tips to keep your kicks looking fresh.
Treat them with care from the start
The easiest way to take care of your sneakers is to prevent common stains and wrinkles. When you purchase a new pair of shoes, you can treat them with a shoe protector that prevents shoe damage to a certain extent.
Stuff them with old newspaper
Everyone has an old newspaper, and by stuffing your sneakers with them, you absorb any moisture. If you got caught in the rain, you could dry your shoes out by stuffing them with newspaper, and it reduces any funky smell. Stuffing your sneakers also prevents creases from forming, which is a significant factor in keeping your shoes fresh.
Store them properly
Just because you keep them stored in a shoebox doesn't mean that your sneakers are being stored well. To keep the humidity out, you can seal them in a bag that zips closed. Out them in cool, dark places, which will slow down the oxidisation process of the soles. Keep your silica gel bags and store your sneakers with them to keep them crisp.
Hand wash them
Not everyone has time to wash their shoes by hand, but it certainly goes a long way. Machine washing sneakers can be risky, especially when the water is mixed with detergents and harmful soaps. So for the best result, we recommend taking the time to hand wash them. This way, you are in complete control, and your sneakers receive the love and care they need to continue looking brand new.
Soon we will be unleashing our 2022 sneaker collection in stores and on our online store. Keep a watchful eye out to get yours first. Our new collections will celebrate the City of Gold, the African continent, and the design culture. If you require a new pair of sneakers, you are at the right place. Simply hop over to our sneakers collection to see some of the latest stock. While you are at it, why don't you look out for accessories that will take your complete outfit to the next level? Our accessories are designed to complement every Bogart man, whether you prefer dressing casual, smart or formal. We have something for everyone. Just shop online to reinvent yourself this year.