What’s black and white and being seen all over? Vans sneakers. The California footwear brand’s Sk8-Hi (the hightop silhouette) and the Old Skool (the low top), specifically in black and white has taken over Instagram and street style, ‘grammed by fashion editors and rappers who have nothing to do with skateboarding. Perhaps it’s because of how easily they pair with almost every outfit. Here are eight Green Label-approved outfit tips for this classic/of-the-moment sneaker. Bonus points if you try a few at once!

The Roll-Up

One of the biggest trends in menswear: rolled up pants and a pair of Vans. Denim, trousers, and chinos all work. Roll your pants up the same width as the hem, once or twice, and pair with a mid-calf sock or a low sock.

Cropped Pants

…or go even shorter and just crop ’em all together. The raw edge hem is here to stay, cropped or not. Both work. For warm days and mid-calf length pants, try the Old Skools. On chillier days, go for a SK8-Hi to keep your ankles warm.

White Socks

Black shoes with white socks are generally a no-no unless you’re Michael Jackson, but pairing white socks with black Vans creates a stark, high-contrast look that works without trying too hard. The white sole and stripe helps tie in the white socks, making it a great base for an outfit in any color.

Track Pants

It’s a ’90s style rule that when wearing track pants you need to wear sneakers from the same brand. No more. One of our favorite looks is the exaggerated track pant or even the new, longer, tear-away pants worn over a pair of black and white Vans. It keeps the look sporty without looking like literal workout clothes.

Statement Socks

Treat your black and white Vans like a cool, blank canvas. Pair them with a statement sock, like a bright pattern or color, for the contrast. 

Statement Pants

If you want to take it up a level, likewise a pair of Vans can balance a pair of ultra loud or textured pants and show you’re still sane, just make sure your socks are not statement too.

All-Black Everything

What’s more classic than all-black everything? The black canvas upper of both the SK8-Hi and the Old Skool pairs perfectly with all kinds of black clothing while the sporty white sole and canvas material keeps your look from going too formal, Gothic or harsh.

Sweatsuit Remix

Sweatsuits and baggy matching sets are back in style in all kinds of throwback materials like velvet and velour, along with classic cotton. Balance a tonal look with a pair of Vans to look casual but still very comfortable.

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