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Casual Shoes for Summertime in Paris

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As the title suggests, I'm spending some time in Paris this summer. Typically, I'm either dressed up (think Edward Green cap toes) or dressed very down (think new balance sneakers). I'd like to pick up a couple of pairs of shoes I could wear walking through Paris during the day that will be comfortable but not as slovenly as my tennis shoes. Any additional thoughts would be much appreciated.
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High-top sneakers are hot.

 

I like low-end- Call it Spring

 

And high end- Balenciagas Arena high-tops (noir w/the silver buckles)

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Originally Posted by nmprisons View Post

As the title suggests, I'm spending some time in Paris this summer. Typically, I'm either dressed up (think Edward Green cap toes) or dressed very down (think new balance sneakers). I'd like to pick up a couple of pairs of shoes I could wear walking through Paris during the day that will be comfortable but not as slovenly as my tennis shoes. Any additional thoughts would be much appreciated.

How about some good, minimalist, suede sneakers and and then a crepe soled pair of chukkas?  

 

Here are some low top Common Projects that would do you quite well: (note that they are availalable elsewhere as well:

Common Projects tournament lows:

 

https://www.ssense.com/en-us/men/product/common-projects/beige-suede-tournament-sneakers/1446183?forced_user_country=US&gclid=CjwKEAjwkPS6BRD2ioKR7K245jASJAD1ZqHOqJrDvp2ksOdm3Te_UGQlGfEXjIy5Rbox89esjm4-UxoCLTXw_wcB

 

 

And for the chukkas, something like Church's (unlined) saharas are good: 

https://www.mrporter.com/en-us/mens/churchs/sahara-3-suede-desert-boots/660809?ppv=2

 

Both will go with denim, chinos, slim cargos, and pretty much any casual pant you might want to wear around Paris in the summer.

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Thanks to you both. This is very helpful. I've never given any thought to casual clothing (despite giving a lot of thought to my professional wardrobe) so even this basic advice is quite helpful.
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Thanks to you both. This is very helpful. I've never given any thought to casual clothing (despite giving a lot of thought to my professional wardrobe) so even this basic advice is quite helpful.

This seems to be fairly common.  The suggestions that I've given you are good for "looking good" in general.  A lot of guys into traditionally tailored clothing often do not have good self-conceptions of how they want to dress, casually.   Since a lot of what we call classic menswear really harkens back to the 50s and 60s - there are references to the 20s and 30s, but I hardly ever see any of the silhouettes from that time, even from the real diehard guys, so my typical "starter" advice is to draw upon the casual style of the iconic movie stars of the 50s and 60s, which typically range from form fitting, knit polo collar shirts (btw, not called "polo" until much more recently) and mid ro high rise wool trousers, with loafers, to the more "rugged" style that incorporated denim and military derived garments like chinos and desert boots.  That might be a good departure point for you.  

 

There are, of course, much more interesting clothes, but it's possibly best to ease into those styles.

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Jack Purcell White canvas Converse.

Best versatility. 

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If your feet are narrow-ish (or at least not wide) and on the smaller side generally, look at Maison Kitsune sneakers. Thecorner and matchesfashion should have them on sale right now. I usually wear size 10.5 and even the size 12 that I ordered on thecorner was a half size too small

Buddy and Doek are two good Japanese options to consider. Buy from Hypebeast (or a bunch of other places, including Kith) and Good-Weaver, respectively.
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