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Our top hacks to wear sneakers with shorts like the icons

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Gijs Verheijke
June 8, 2022

With most of us in Asia knowing only 2 seasons: hot, and even hotter, shorts are a necessity. But you still want to flex on everyone else on your way to meet your friends, right? We team up with top stylist Joey (@unknownpleasurers / @joeyhysteric) to bring you our best outfit tips and tricks to rock your favorite sneakers better with shorts. So without further ado, read on! And don’t forget your socks.

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With most of us in Asia knowing only 2 seasons: hot, and even hotter, shorts are a necessity. But you still want to flex on everyone else on your way to meet your friends, right? We team up with top stylist Joey (@unknownpleasurers / @joeyhysteric) to bring you our best outfit tips and tricks to rock your favorite sneakers better with shorts.

So without further ado, read on! And don’t forget your socks.

1. Wear visible socks to create more layers

There is nothing wrong with wearing secret socks. It is cool and it does create a certain ‘clean-ness’ that works with some outfits. But if you want to take your fit a level higher, we recommend actually showing your socks. It will create another layer on your outfit in a really low-key way, and offers the opportunity to play with textures and colors. You can reference one or more of the colors in your sneakers like Justin Bieber is doing below with his colorful Vans. The new Nike x Sacai VaporWaffle on the left pops nicely on-feet with white socks. And if you check this pic out more closely, you can actually see the blue from the midsoles is being referenced in the socks on the lateral side as well.

Compared to hidden socks, showing some sock creates a more interesting outfit with more elements for the viewer to look atLeft: @yankeekicks Sacai x Nike VaporWaffle Right: Justin Bieber rocking Vans
Compared to hidden socks, showing some sock creates a more interesting outfit with more elements for the viewer to look atLeft: @yankeekicks Sacai x Nike VaporWaffle Right: Justin Bieber rocking Vans

2. Details like pockets and textures can take shorts to the next level

No matter if you’re wearing Air Jordans or Sacai Vaporwaffles, or any other sneaker for that matter, it always pays off to wear textured shorts. The outfit becomes instantly more interesting to look at, with more elements to draw the eye.

As you can see in these examples, The shorts have stuff going on to draw some attention. The black shorts on the left are a little bit on the long side for our taste, but they do have pockets and textured strips of a different color. Also, since the…
As you can see in these examples, The shorts have stuff going on to draw some attention. The black shorts on the left are a little bit on the long side for our taste, but they do have pockets and textured strips of a different color. Also, since the person is very tall, he can get away with wearing longer shorts.

3. If you want to look taller, always wear shorts above the knee

We’ve said this before, but it is important enough to repeat. Especially when you are rocking high tops, stay away from shorts that are too long. It makes your legs look stubby and short. If you are worried about showing too much leg, you can always wear a higher sock.

Mike and Spike know what’s up. Don’t just take our word for it. Be like Mike!Sneakers: Air Jordan 3 ‘Black Cement’ and ‘White Cement’
Mike and Spike know what’s up. Don’t just take our word for it. Be like Mike!Sneakers: Air Jordan 3 ‘Black Cement’ and ‘White Cement’

4. Our top examples of great outfits combining sneakers and shorts

Left: Kanye West shows he knows best how to rock the Yeezy 500. He is showing the combined effect of a couple of our tips: Pay attention to your socks, wear shorts above the knee, and oversize your top if you’re wearing chunkier sneakers.Right: Clas…
Left: Kanye West shows he knows best how to rock the Yeezy 500. He is showing the combined effect of a couple of our tips: Pay attention to your socks, wear shorts above the knee, and oversize your top if you’re wearing chunkier sneakers.Right: Classic runners like these New Balance are an evergreen match with shorts. This outfit references the white elements from the laces and upper of the shoes back in the shirt, and pops a burst of color in your face with the bright pink shorts. This is a great summer vibe just in case you run into a beach during your day.
Rounding out our top favorites to rock with shorts are the Sacai x LDWaffle on the left, and Dunk Low on the left. The Sacai provides a narrower, sporty vibe and thanks to the airy mesh upper it’s also a very breathable shoe for those hotter days. T…
Rounding out our top favorites to rock with shorts are the Sacai x LDWaffle on the left, and Dunk Low on the left. The Sacai provides a narrower, sporty vibe and thanks to the airy mesh upper it’s also a very breathable shoe for those hotter days. The Dunk Low on the other hand is a very chunky silhouette, and comes in many amazing colorways to stand out.Left: sacai x Nike LDWaffle ‘Varsity Blue’  aka, the OG Sacai WaffleRight: Off-White x Nike Dunk Low ‘University Gold’

Do not forget to tag us on instagram @oxstreet and use hashtag #oxstreetfavorites on all your outfit pics. We hope to see some great short outfits to feature in the coming days and weeks!

Gijs (pronounced “guys” with a “k”), is the Founder and CEO of Ox Street. Since falling in love with the Nike Air Max silhouette at age 10, he went down an all-too-familiar path of buying way too many shoes. An occasional DJ and low-key music historian, Gijs loves the many different aspects of how ‘culture’ manifests, often through some combination of music, fashion and location. Gijs is an ex- Private Equity investor and Rocket Internet alumnus, where he cut his teeth launching and scaling various marketplace platforms across Asia. Through hunting down a coveted pair of kicks while in Myanmar - he realised there was a gap in the sneaker ecosystem across South East Asia, a growing segment powered by the region’s ravenous growth in digital networks and an increasing wave of online commerce. Gijs alongside everyone at Ox Street, is excited for the future of streetwear in the region and we’ve only just begun.