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5 Tried And Tested Ways To Rock Basketball Shoes Outside The Court

Because ball is life
by Ash Mahinay | Feb 19, 2018
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There are other ways to wear your game kicks without looking like you've just come from a tiring pick-up with your bros. We know! Ball is life. But we don't really recommend stepping out in your worn out hoops sneakers every day—if that's the way you want to roll though, we've got five looks to get you through the week looking like a big baller. If you follow these certified style formulas, you'll always look fly and fresh—ballin' hard even when you're not sinking those shots. 

1) White Tee + Joggers 

Photo by Ria Regino

A white tee paired with joggers can be your basic off-duty baller look. Pick a streamlined pair in a darker color rather than a cozy, baggy fit. Then to make the entire rig clean, get a nice white tee and let your shoes do all the talking—in fact, we recommend a crispy white tee for every look on here. They always come on sale in packs anyway so stock up!

Joggers, adidas

2) Sweat Shorts + Socks

Photo by Ria Regino

If you plan to show some leg, we prefer light colored sweat shorts to avoid the chicken leg effect. Again, pick a sleek pair—what you want is to not look like you're in basketball shorts. The other key detail here is your socks. Please, never walk around in basketball shoes and shorts with no shows. It just looks wrong.

Sweat shorts, P799, H&M


3) Sleeveless Cardigan

Photo by Ria Regino

If you're on the way to the court and would rather not have to change when you get there, fine, throw on your game shorts, but add a simple layer on top like these sleeveless sweats. This will be one of the rare times in your life when you can actually wear these and be legit.

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4) Plaid Polo + Slim Jeans

Photo by Ria Regino

For casual engagements, turn up in some classic unbuttoned plaid and slim jeans. Again, you want to avoid additional bagginess since you've already got chunky shoes. The trick is to cuff your bottoms right. And again, don't forget to keep your sock-game strong!

Plaid button down, P549; jeans, P1299, Bench

5) Khaki Jeans + Hoodie

Photo by Ria Regino

Khakis work well with most basketball shoes if you have them in a lighter shade. Add a hoodie on top and you could show up to dinner without looking OP as long as it's not an NBA team hoodie or something that's too extra for your usual crowd to handle. Except if it's Finals season maybe.

Hoodie, P749; Khakis, P799, Bench

Photographer Ria Regino Stylist JL Crespo Model Fabricio of Mercator

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