The only thing savvier than knowing the style rules is knowing when to deliberately break them.

Men’s fashion, arguably more than female fashion, seems to be full of yawnsome diktats. Some well-known ‘rules’? No shorts after entering middle age (actor Richard E. Grant famously popularised this one). Double denim and leather trousers should also be eschewed. As should pockets on shirts and boot-cut jeans (unless you are Lenny Kravitz).

When it comes to shoes, the so-called rules have always been even stricter.

There’s the old school ‘no brown in town’ (AKA the City of London’s aversion to anything but black shoes with a suit). Ditto belts and shoes not matching in colour. Overly pointy toes (hello Simon Cowell) have been seen as a sartorial crime. As have suit trousers that puddle over laces.

But now the cool and confident are making a sartorial show of breaking the rules.

Socks and sliders – once the biggest no-no in fashion – were on all the hippest feet this summer. Think Beckham, not Bieber. And for fall/winter, it’s all about sneakers with everything. Yes, even suits.

Daniel Craig, suave and sartorially always on point, recently hit the red carpet in a slick suit (perhaps by Tom Ford – his go-to designer). Nothing unusual about that, but he paired it with sneakers.

Musician Tinie Tempah, ever the trend-setter, often rocks the look too. But you don’t have to be an A-list actor or musician to pull off this look. The beauty lies in its wearability. Maybe you shelled out for a suit for a special occasion and feel like you never get to wear it? Add some sneakers to dress it down and suddenly you’re getting your money’s worth.

Men’s fashion, arguably more than female fashion, seems to be full of yawnsome diktats. Some well-known ‘rules’? No shorts after entering middle age (actor Richard E. Grant famously popularised this one). Double denim and leather trousers should also be eschewed. As should pockets on shirts and boot-cut jeans (unless you are Lenny Kravitz).

When it comes to shoes, the so-called rules have always been even stricter.

There’s the old school ‘no brown in town’ (AKA the City of London’s aversion to anything but black shoes with a suit). Ditto belts and shoes not matching in colour. Overly pointy toes (hello Simon Cowell) have been seen as a sartorial crime. As have suit trousers that puddle over laces.

But now the cool and confident are making a sartorial show of breaking the rules. Socks and sliders – once the biggest no-no in fashion – were on all the hippest feet this summer. Think Beckham, not Bieber. And for fall/winter, it’s all about sneakers with everything. Yes, even suits.

Daniel Craig, suave and sartorially always on point, recently hit the red carpet in a slick suit (perhaps by Tom Ford – his go-to designer). Nothing unusual about that, but he paired it with sneakers.

Musician Tinie Tempah, ever the trend-setter, often rocks the look too. But you don’t have to be an A-list actor or musician to pull off this look. The beauty lies in its wearability. Maybe you shelled out for a suit for a special occasion and feel like you never get to wear it? Add some sneakers to dress it down and suddenly you’re getting your money’s worth.

Men’s fashion, arguably more than female fashion, seems to be full of yawnsome diktats. Some well-known ‘rules’? No shorts after entering middle age (actor Richard E. Grant famously popularised this one). Double denim and leather trousers should also be eschewed. As should pockets on shirts and boot-cut jeans (unless you are Lenny Kravitz).

When it comes to shoes, the so-called rules have always been even stricter.

There’s the old school ‘no brown in town’ (AKA the City of London’s aversion to anything but black shoes with a suit). Ditto belts and shoes not matching in colour. Overly pointy toes (hello Simon Cowell) have been seen as a sartorial crime. As have suit trousers that puddle over laces.

But now the cool and confident are making a sartorial show of breaking the rules.

Socks and sliders – once the biggest no-no in fashion – were on all the hippest feet this summer. Think Beckham, not Bieber. And for fall/winter, it’s all about sneakers with everything. Yes, even suits.

Daniel Craig, suave and sartorially always on point, recently hit the red carpet in a slick suit (perhaps by Tom Ford – his go-to designer). Nothing unusual about that, but he paired it with sneakers.

Musician Tinie Tempah, ever the trend-setter, often rocks the look too. But you don’t have to be an A-list actor or musician to pull off this look. The beauty lies in its wearability. Maybe you shelled out for a suit for a special occasion and feel like you never get to wear it? Add some sneakers to dress it down and suddenly you’re getting your money’s worth.

Christophe Toe Cap leather sneakers in white

This style work wells with navy suits – think a white shirt and trousers that finish at the ankle.

Christophe Toe Cap leather sneakers in white

This style work wells with navy suits – think a white shirt and trousers that finish at the ankle.

Flexknit sneakers in black

Wear this style to add a hint of sporty cool to a more staid grey suit.

Flexknit sneakers in black

Wear this style to add a hint of sporty cool to a more staid grey suit.

Fabien Sporty sneakers in white

Chunky sneakers are on trend. Pair them with a suit style that’s looser and fashion-forward.

Fabien Sporty sneakers in white

Chunky sneakers are on trend. Pair them with a suit style that’s looser and fashion-forward.

Arken Sporty sneakers in midnight

High-quality leather and on-trend panelling for a relaxed, elegant vibe. Dress them up or down.

Arken Sporty sneakers in midnight

High-quality leather and on-trend panelling for a relaxed, elegant vibe. Dress them up or down.

If the occasion calls for more traditional take on suit style, check out our Odyn leather brogues.