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Back in the day, virtually every businessman wore a suit and had his shoes shined daily. How things have changed: We no longer fit into one style mold, and we know that respectability comes from the brain and heart—not the jacket and tie. Sure, some gigs still require a dress code, but with a little confidence you can get creative with your business wear and incorporate your own personal style.
Just look at 50 Cent. There’s no denying he took that sneaker-with-a-suit look to new levels. And so can you.
Start with your feet. Here’s a handful of sneakers you can wear to the office, even with a suit. You don’t have to rip up the rulebook completely; just use your feet as a way to add a signature touch to your overall business style.
The black-and-white slip-on is sleek and solid—a perfect combination that makes it equally suitable for work, play and travel. The textured sole and signature zipper on this version add flair to an overall clean and stylish look.
On the more casual side, work a pattern into your business look from the ground up. If you’ve got blues, browns or grays in your outfit, this camouflage shoe in navy suede will make your feet pop without pulling focus.
Clean lacing and stitching on a white leather sneaker is what’s missing from your business wardrobe. This style is so minimal that you barely even notice the laces.
Feeling bold? Put your best foot forward and let your shoes really lead your look. A white high-top will stand out and set you apart while staying clean enough for a meeting.
Or perhaps you’re looking for something a little more you. In that case, have your own shoe custom designed and built to complement your favorite look. The M-50 features pearlescent powder-blue python skin with white pebbled-grain Italian leather on the tongue and neck, plus silver-lined tan pony hair for the heel. Marco D’Angelo created this version exclusively for 50 Cent, but the M-50 is available in retail with different leathers and colors.
Don’t call it a day and head home when the workday ends. Hit up the happy hour at your local bar so you can show off your kicks to a different crowd. Grab a glass, because heads will turn the second you set foot in the door. And because you look as fly as 50 Cent, toast to your hard work and style with the rapper’s drink of choice: an EFFEN® Beast.
• 1½ parts EFFEN® Black Cherry Vodka
• 2 parts white cranberry juice
• ½ part vanilla simple syrup
• ½ part fresh lemon juice
Shake and strain all ingredients over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with brandied cherries.
EFFEN® Vodka, 100% neutral spirits distilled from wheat grain, 40% alc./vol. (80 proof) and Flavored Vodkas, Distilled from Grain, 37.5% alc./vol. (75 proof) © 2017 EFFEN Import Company, Chicago, IL. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.