I've always considered sneakers to be ultra-casual and while i do have a pair of Converses, I rarely wear them except when i am really dressed down. However, I travel a fair bit and it is a pain in the rear to pack dress shoes or boots - for starters, i'll need atleast a couple and usually, when i walk, i am walking around a lot with my camera (5-6 hours a day). So i reckon a pair of nice, smart leather sneakers would be the way to go. I can wear one and pack a second pair, if need be.
So here are my requirements:
- classic styling: not too much in the way of frippery, or "fashion statements" on the piece. A small bit of tasteful accenting is fine
- high quality
I see CPs have a good rep here as do Buttero. Anything else? I am ok going up to $300-400 if i must, but if i can get a comfortable, classy, well-made for less, I wont complain.
(PS: Out of curiosity, for those of who who prefer to travel light: what do you do when you travel for half a week to a week? Suck it up and take multiple pair of shoes, or just one and maybe pack a shoe tree?)