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Thursday, December 18, 2014

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Ask the MB: Suits With Sneakers

Ask the MB: Suits With Sneakers
Q: Sneakers with suit...what's the MB take? I know the Prada sport line is great as are most Sabelt, but what about Adidas Samba or similar?
--Brooke


A: Great question. The closer you get to a footwear brand's "originals" the harder it is to pull off (and risk looking like you're TTH). Lots of guys can wear Puma Sport Fashion with a cool, casual suit. But are you up to combining that suit with Puma Suedes?

In the May 2009 GQ Will Arnett clearly made classic Adidas Rod Lavers work with a $100 cotton H&M suit (left). The comparatively schlubby Jason Segel did the same with Chuck Taylors on the red carpet in 2008's Forgetting Sarah Marshall (right). So what can be learned?

* Only attempt with slimmer, casual suits
* Wear flat front, and preferably un-creased pants
* Pair with a polo or artfully disheveled woven
* Occasionally do a little dancing and hand gesturing

Ask the MB

Ask the MB
Q: Dear Magnificent Bastard: My husband has requested a pair of "cool" casual shoes for Christmas. In the past he has worn Campers but I am wondering if they are post-peak. Any thoughts, suggestions?
—Amy


A: Camper has become basic, so don't worry about them going post-peak. (We love 'em, incidentally.) If you want to turn the style dial a click or two to the right, and have him wear something a bit more anonymous, try out a pair of Ballys (top) or Sabelts (bottom). Bally just oozes cool, and Sabelt has a pedigree in Formula One footwear. Let us know how he deals with a shift from Camper. They can be a hard habit to break.

Sabelt Style

Sabelt laced shoes via YOOX, $168.00
Sabelt laced shoes via YOOX. $168.00.
Sabelt's experience making Formula One racing shoes has definitely paid off for their fashion line, a successful sport-dress combo that rivals Prada. You can find 'em on sale at YOOX, one of any MB's favorite hang-outs.

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