Originally Posted by mkarim
When would one wear spectators?
I cant speak for the rest of the world but you can walk around Manhattan in these. For afterhours, you can wear them with most sorts of suit or odd pants in the summer pretty much at will. The younger crowd is going to associate them with the Jazz/gangster age or with non-conformity, which is a net positive. If you want to test your clout (or invisibility) wear them to the office. If there is a problem with spectators, it is that they are affected and slightly effete. Most American men see shoes as functional and if the shoes are different, they had better have a rugged association. Even on SF, the shoes that people go wild about are the balmoral boots. I suppose it's because there's a rationalizing practicality about them; they look like combat or muddy terrain boots. Also, when people see balmoral boots, they will assume the wearer is a blue collar guy who made bucks and wanted a better pair of the same shoes he wore when he had a paper route (Sort of like how Steve Martin built himself a larger shanty in the film "The Jerk"). Although some might think he is wearing orthotics or is possibly some sort of tasteless geek; not very threatening. For day wear, spectators arouse a threat that the wearer may be evoking a better, more exclusive age. Something that NYC office denizens might find quite threatening.Spectators are hard to hide, and you will get comments on them which is something a lot of men are uncomfortable with. Basically, you need considerable confidence to wear these shoes which may explain why they are bought frequently on impulse because of their beauty but never worn.