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Tips for Rocking Your Sneakers Like a Lagos Fashionista

Sneakers are more fashionable than ever, and with a few key tips, you can transform them from gym buddies to summer-style staples.

  • Toyosi Afolayan
  • 20th June 2024

Summer is here and while many things are heating up, your outfit choices don’t have to be a drag. Remember those comfy sneakers you lived in throughout last year? 


Well, get ready to give them a fresh summer glow! Here are some tips to help you channel your inner Lagos fashionista and elevate your sneaker game this season:


Suit Up with a Sneaker Swagger


Forget the idea that sharp dressing requires uncomfortable shoes. Just like the guys on the streets of Lagos, you can totally pair a crisp suit with a sleek pair of sneakers. For a polished look, keep it simple with classic styles like the Adidas Stan Smiths or the Veja Campos – these are popular choices for a reason! 




Make sure your suit trousers are fitted and tapered at the ankle to avoid them swallowing your shoes.


Let Your Kicks Be the MVP


Who says your outfit has to dictate your shoes? Take a cue from African celebrities who are known for bold styles. Moses Rashid, a fashion guru, suggests letting your sneakers be the main attraction. 



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Rock a statement pair, like those eye-catching Puma Majors with popping colors, and keep the rest of your outfit simple with a clean white tee and dark jeans.


The Jollof of Styles: Classic with a Twist


Love timeless styles but want a little summer spice? No problem! Similar to how we love our Jollof rice with a personal touch, you can add a twist to classic sneakers. Many brands release fresh colorways of popular styles all the time. Grab a pair of Nike Air Force 1s in a vibrant color or find some Adidas Continentals with a funky pattern.



If you’re feeling adventurous, check out trendy styles like the Yeezys or the latest Nike Dunk releases.


Lace Up Your Creativity


Here’s a tip that Naija tailors would approve of – get creative with your laces! Ditch the boring defaults and swap them for something that speaks to you. Bright pink laces on your black trainers? Neon green for your white kicks? Go for it! 



This simple hack adds a personal touch and lets your personality shine through.


Socks: The Secret Spice


Socks are no longer an afterthought. They’re a key part of your outfit, just like the right spice completes your Jollof. Keep it clean and avoid novelty designs. If you’re feeling bold, add a pop of color with your socks, but make sure they complement your sneakers and overall outfit. 



For a festival look with ripped jeans and Jordans, a crew sock peeking out just above the shoe adds a cool touch.


Remember, fashion is about expressing yourself and having fun with it. So this summer, embrace your comfy trainers, incorporate these tips, and take sidewalk style by storm!

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