During the casual days of summer, a pair of sneakers can dress down a lightweight cotton suit or add a pop of color to jeans — but you've got to do it right. "Blend business with casual and vice versa," says Rian Pozzebon, head designer for Vans. Wear clean, restrained sneakers with a summer suit — no Air Jordans with a pinstripe — and larger basketball sneakers with more understated basics. Here is our guide for pairing classic skaters, slip-ons, hi-tops, and boat shoes with the right clothes and occasion.
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Adidas Stan Smiths
Created for Stan Smith in 1971, the year before he became the number one-ranked player on Earth, these classic Adidas kicks are as iconic as the man whose name they borrow. The footwear giant has brought them back and added subtle detailing that makes them perfect for lazy days in the park and active days on court. Bring your wooden racket. [$75; adidas.com]