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Rahul Khanna: Sneaker love

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I love wearing expensive sneakers, and even do so with formal clothes. Is it okay to go to a wedding wearing sneakers that cost me more than three pairs of dress shoes?

—Ananddev, Via Instagram

I’ve often extolled the virtues of having a “sense of occasion” and will invoke it again, today. Ultimately, it’s got nothing to do with how much something costs. To me, it’s just good manners to dress in a way that is respectful to the event. That said, I also think one must embrace the times one lives in and athleisure (love the look, hate the term) is very much a part of the zeitgeist.

I’ve always been into sneakers with suits and believe it’s highly possible to have a successful marriage of the staid and the sporty: There are some very slick “formal” sneakers, which I would first consider over a more athletic style. Ultimately, whichever type you choose, remember that this is someone’s most important day, so make sure the shoes you wear to a wedding are either brand new, or else spotlessly clean to honour that. Keeping the rest of the outfit crisp and sharp will present your look as intentional, not sloppy and careless. 

Since we’re going for untraditional here and are already certain to ruffle the feathers of the old-guard, who knows, maybe your sporty footwear will also enable you to jump and catch that bouquet before anyone else!

Rahul Khanna is a “boutique actor”, whose sartorial statements and good looks often send hearts aflutter. He goes by @mrkhanna on Instagram

From HT Brunch, May 21, 2022

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