Originally Posted by PaoloM
All I have to say is. I am 17 and applying to college. I do not deserve a "great" shoe. I have a long way to go in life and I think that at 17 wearing a designer shoe is a little arrogant. How can I apply for financial aide and scholarships if I can spend so much on dress shoes at this age. Yes I would love to look as best as I can at any age so I think Cole Haan's are a good option to start out at. As some call them "lawyer shoes", if I upgraded to real hardcore lawyer/CEO what does that say about what is important to me at this age?
Why do you want to look like a lawyer anyway? Are you positive that makes you look "your best"? I was recently reading an article about Parisian vs. American sense of style that seems relevant. It pointed out that the American is more likely to believe an outfit is appropriate and stylish based solely on the type of clothing being worn. For example dress shoes, blazer, and a tie is "looking your best" even if the clothing fits poorly, colors clash, and the overall outfit lacks visual interest. While the Parisian is more likely to look at the whole picture as opposed a mere checklist of clothing types, thus even more casual pieces could possibly be seen as "looking your best" when worn together in a stylish manner. Anyway, I get the feeling you think if you wear those Cole Haans you are somehow "looking your best" based on a checklist style mentality. Yet by wearing those you are likely even failing by American standards since most Americans rarely consider any occasion worthy of wearing dressy shoes like that. Thus you run a high risk of both not looking stylish and looking like you're dressed inappropriately for your age and environment.