Originally Posted by Achilles_
I doubt the shoes that are preferred on SF will go out style in our lifetime though.
I don't think it's nearly that simple. Some things will go out, and then come back in, but no particular style really lasts without being subtly altered every few seasons in order to keep you buying clothes. (Unless you wish to dress like Prince Charles - whose style I do admire but wouldn't want to duplicate.)
It wasn't very many years ago that the black oxford was considered not just timeless - but more or less required - and yet today's 'classic style' doesn't seem to include them in many people's mind at all (thank God).. Not so long ago (20 years ago) brown shoes with blue suits would have had you the laughing stock of the office. Now we can't do black shoes with Navy at all - according to the 'fashion police' around here.
I by way - want to reserve my right to wear black, brown, burgundy, caramel and white with a Navy Suit if it floats my boat and I can find a way to make it all come together aesthetically. I realize that certain rules must be followed - but I'd really rather not.
This decade's 'timeless' classic will be next decades 'old hat'. It's always changing - if it doesn't a multi billion dollar a year industry will collapse - and I can promise you that's not going to happen.
Sure - some things are more timeless and classic than others - but even that is so specific to culture and location that it's hardly objective.
I promise youthat only a small portion of what you are wearing today will you deem to be appropriate 10 years from now - certainly not in 20.
Unless of course human nature fundamentally changes.