Slip-on sneakers are low profile because there are no tongue or laces to add thickness to the upper. That makes them work with narrow trousers and jeans, plus leggings, skirts and shorts. Leave your ankles open, with or without socks, and you can’t go wrong.
If you’ve scanned Vans’ collection of slip-on sneakers, you’ll notice that none of them are exactly understated. They’re all about living the casual life, having fun and being active, but not taking things too seriously. When you’re wearing these, they can drag the eye downwards, but that’s no bad thing. Don’t try to counteract it with loud trousers and tops – your look will end up far too busy. Let the footwear sneak for itself.
For balanced results, go for quite subdued tones in your leg and upper body – simple narrow canvas or denim pants in a pale brown, beige, blue or black are fine, and a pastel hoodie with minimal statement looks great up top.