Of course learning how to dress well didn't come instantly. We figure things out little by little until we know enough. For me it's:
1. Wearing tops that fit. I worked out and got a bit buff, and learned to wear flattering tops. I got...
I think boots are the best alternative and could be the sneaker version for adults. Desert boots, or any non-shiny but non-bulky, semi sleek, rounded-toe boot could be worn in the most casual settings.
I know exactly how OP feels (I'm 31), and all the people here trying to convince him that sneakers are ok for older people aren't really helping.
No offense to those who love sneakers, but you probably won't change our mindset that...
Just a few more staples. I want to complete my wardrobe but I also don't want to buy unecessary items. For example for shoes, I just want a pair in black and another in brown, but I want to cover formal, semi-formal, casual, sporty.
The rule of not mixing black with brown exists for a reason. Sure it can work, but at best I think it can look ok. Why settle for ok when you can have a great color combination by choosing a different color combo?
I was just thinking about this.
The usual answer is that navy is the most versatile, but then when I think about how I'm going to incorporate it with my outfit it doesn't seem as versatile.
A navy blazer with dark blue / navy...