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Top 5 easy ways to elevate your Air Jordan outfits

Editorials

Gijs Verheijke
September 7, 2021

For most of us sneakerheads, our primary addiction is obviously kicks. It can be common to see sick sneakers being worn in bad fits, and to elevate Asia’s style game we embark on a series of outfit hacks to elevate your outfits.

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For most of us sneakerheads, our primary addiction is obviously kicks. And apart from the Supreme shirts, we know everyone usually hits up the nearest Uniqlo to cover the basics. It doesn’t help that it’s always so damn hot here in the tropics. The bottomline: we see so many sick sneakers being worn in bad fits, and to elevate Asia’s style game we embark on a series of outfit hacks to elevate your outfits.

We collaborate with Singapore based fashion and commercial stylist Joey (@unknownpleasurers / @joeyhysteric). Joey has been involved in styling the top magazines titles in Singapore and for commercials across the region. We can’t think of a better person to give us some pointers to kick our fits up a few notches.

1. Wear your Retro Highs with regular trousers instead of skinny ones

Stuffing your jeans into your Jordans. Yes, you see it a lot. No, it’s not a good look. Sure, we get the temptation to show off your new Air Jordans, the problem is that the big Jordans easily overpower the outfit, resulting in a strange and unbalanced outfit. As you can see on the right, wearing regular trousers results in a much more balanced on-feet look. Save your skinny jeans for your smaller low-top silhouettes, like Yeezys or Sacai LDWaffles for example.

Please don’t stuff your pants into your Jordans. It just makes you look like Ronald McDonaldLeft: Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG ‘ Turbo Green’ Right: Air Jordan 1 Retro High SB ‘LA to Chicago’
Please don’t stuff your pants into your Jordans. It just makes you look like Ronald McDonaldLeft: Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG ‘ Turbo Green’ Right: Air Jordan 1 Retro High SB ‘LA to Chicago’

2. If you go for shorts, make yourself look taller by wearing shorts that hit on, or just above the knee

Jordans and shorts, it’s a divisive subject with some people claiming you can’t wear Jordans with shorts at all. We cannot disagree more. Those haters just don’t know how to pull it off. The key to making Jordans look good with shorts is to avoid shorts that are too skinny and/or too long. The problem is that it is easy for your legs to look short if your shorts are too long. To make yourself appear taller, go with a pair of shorts that ends just above the knee.

Jordan Highs are already high, and wearing long shorts are going to make your legs look very short and stubby, like the guy on the left. Wear shorts that fall above the knee to make yourself look tallerLeft: Off-White x Jordan 1 ‘Chicago’ Right: Jor…
Jordan Highs are already high, and wearing long shorts are going to make your legs look very short and stubby, like the guy on the left. Wear shorts that fall above the knee to make yourself look tallerLeft: Off-White x Jordan 1 ‘Chicago’ Right: Jordan 1 High ‘Court Purple 2.0’

3. Play with texture in your trousers

Distressed denim or corduroy are both great materials to combine with Air Jordans. Adding some texture to your outfit creates something else to look at other than the sneakers. This ironically makes the shoes pop more and gives your outfit some of that x-factor that is hard to explain but makes you look noticeably better dressed.

Textured bottoms with pockets, zips and patterned fabrics help make an outfit look more interesting and put together
Textured bottoms with pockets, zips and patterned fabrics help make an outfit look more interesting and put together

4. Wear bigger tops with your Jordans to balance out their bulk

Jordans are bulky shoes. Keep that in mind when styling your outfit so you don’t look like you have oversized feet. Try to add some bulk to the top of your outfit to compensate. If you don’t want to wear an oversized t-shirt, another good way to achieve the same effect is by layering (on a cooler day).

The counterbalance of wearing large tops ensures you won’t look like a clown with oversized feetLeft: Jordan 1 High OG ‘Banned’ 2018 Middle: Jordan 1 High OG ‘Royal’ 2018 Right: Air Jordan 1 High ‘Shattered Backboard’ OG
The counterbalance of wearing large tops ensures you won’t look like a clown with oversized feetLeft: Jordan 1 High OG ‘Banned’ 2018 Middle: Jordan 1 High OG ‘Royal’ 2018 Right: Air Jordan 1 High ‘Shattered Backboard’ OG

5. Pay attention to the color of your socks

An easy way to start working with color is to match your socks to an element in your sneakers. It doesn’t have to be the main color, but can work even better if your socks match one of the supporting colors of the shoes. Try to match your socks to the color of the tongue. Most Jordans also come with extra sets of laces. Why not try to swap the laces for a more colorful option and match your socks to that color?


Matching the color of your socks to elements in your kicks really takes an outfit to another levelLeft: Jordan 1 x Maison Chateau Rouge ‘Fearless’ Right: Jordan 1 High OG ‘NYC to Paris’
Matching the color of your socks to elements in your kicks really takes an outfit to another levelLeft: Jordan 1 x Maison Chateau Rouge ‘Fearless’ Right: Jordan 1 High OG ‘NYC to Paris’

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.