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post #1 of 31
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...sneakers/trainers/tackies/?

I remember reading a feature a while back by a 'distinguished' fashion/style commentator saying that men should never be seen (sic) in trainers after a certain age. Opinions.

'Sneakers' (chiefly US and often referred to as the same by Euro-style followers, boutiques etc) - suggesting something illicit, shadowy...: sneaking around ?

'Trainers' - (chiefly UK, I believe: suggesting used for sports practice, active participation etc (just what I think when I see some twenty stone burger-muncher waddling into the nearest pie shop.. .))

'Tackies' - (Chiefly S.Africa (?), for the sound they make when walking on polished floors etc (?))

other names for this footwear?

& opinions on other clothing age limits? Hoodies, cargoes, et al...
post #2 of 31
At whatever age they look old and out of place wearing the aforementioned items.

If you're 35 and you look 25, I see no issue wearing these things. If you're 30 and you look 40, wear loafers.

I'm 25 myself, and I look 21.. then again, I've never been into sneakers - just trying to get into them now.. gotta wear something with all this raw denim this board has gotten me into.
post #3 of 31
One should never stop wearing sneakers. However, they are appropriate at some places and not at others.
post #4 of 31
I only wear sneakers when I am excersizing, and I don't wear jeans. not a hard rule, just not for me. I do wear shorts and sandals on the weekend, though
post #5 of 31
How can you not wear sneakers, unless you don't workout, and in that is the problem.
post #6 of 31
I cant stand the look of a training shoe on my feet if I'm not working out. I'll wear them if I'm going to do alot of walking somewhere on vacation, but even then not a given.
This is where a good pair of suede ankleboots comes in, comfortable and casual. So it wasn't an age thing for me- the tennis shoes were out a long time ago.
post #7 of 31
Around the time of my mid-20s I stopped wearing excercise shoes for anything but exercise. More so than almost anything else, the ubiquity of athetic shoes is an emblem of the declining standards of dress in our age.
post #8 of 31
It's a case by case basis. Some guys in their 30s-40s, maybe even 50s keep their trim shape and youthful vigor, so he looks good in trainers for a casual alternative. Other guys hit the wall at 25 and for them, I am sorry.
post #9 of 31
In a lot of the design magazines, I see quite a few older European men (primarily Italians, age 40-60) in this trade wearing sport jackets and trainers. Yes, they are upscale trainers, like certain refined Prada numbers, but trainers nonetheless. It looks great. For some reason I can't seem to make it work as well on me. Damn that nonchalance gene!
post #10 of 31
Back in college I stopped wearing sneakers with my clothes cause I felt it looked goofy (Imagine: big freaky basketball shoes or running shoes with jeans or shorts or whatever - I didn't do it for me). However a few years ago (still in college) I got into the sleeker diesel/puma type sneakers and I went out and bought a pair of all white addidas kicks. I rarely rare them but I like them and they do hae their place.

Otherwise, sneakers only for excersicing
post #11 of 31
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vintage Gent
Around the time of my mid-20s I stopped wearing excercise shoes for anything but exercise. More so than almost anything else, the ubiquity of athetic shoes is an emblem of the declining standards of dress in our age.

I totally agree. Of course there are other things which are just as bad as trainers.
post #12 of 31
The decline?

Did I just log into AAAC by mistake
post #13 of 31
Quote:
Originally Posted by LA Guy
The decline?

Did I just log into AAAC by mistake

lol, that was the first thing I thought too.

are the "men over 30 shouldnt wear jeans" threads far behind???
post #14 of 31
never
though one can look like one is trying to hard
post #15 of 31
No Speedos after 18.
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