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post #16 of 32
I've always thought Jack Purcells were pretty mature.
post #17 of 32
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Originally Posted by skunkworks View Post
He works in the software industry.

He can at least be thankful that he isn't working in the games software industry, where a lot of men really do dress like 12 year olds.
post #18 of 32
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Originally Posted by theshonen8899 View Post
I've always thought Jack Purcells were pretty mature.
Meh...really? Sneakers, of any variety, in a business setting, are not mature. Period, end of story. The fact that in many professions sneakers are accepted (rather than acceptable), doesn't alter that fact, and sometimes it will catch up with you. Solution...have a jacket and a pair of loafers or somesuch at your desk if that is a concern of yours. Best, Huntsman
post #19 of 32
Its not like he said you dress like a 12 year old girl.
post #20 of 32
I don't see anything wrong with his "when I was 12" comment because when he was 12 everyone from 8 to 30 probably wore Chucks/JPs. He was basically just saying he remembered that everyone used to wear those shoes back in the day and that he missed that moment if only just a little. He was also probably a little jealous he didn't get to wear JPs to work. Maybe you'll see him on a future Friday wearing some JPs.

One thing that I don't really get is that you're wearing the JV JPs with khakis. I believe all of the JV JPs have the "vintage" look which means they, for lack of a better word, look dirty or stained-yellowish. Not really something I think would work well with the sort of clean feel/look that goes with khakis.

If casual Friday means khakis and a sweater to you then match it with some casual leather shoes or boots. If you're rocking some denim then sneaks would start to make sense. Just my 2-cents.
post #21 of 32
it is a sad thing but your boss "can hit on that anytime he wants" and what is left to do? just to laugh at his cheap jokes.

anyways I do believe that this "boss" figure is way too over sophisticated. What is impprtant if that sounded like a suggestion or a remark.
post #22 of 32
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Originally Posted by Huntsman View Post
Meh...really? Sneakers, of any variety, in a business setting, are not mature. Period, end of story. The fact that in many professions sneakers are accepted (rather than acceptable), doesn't alter that fact, and sometimes it will catch up with you. Solution...have a jacket and a pair of loafers or somesuch at your desk if that is a concern of yours.

Best,
Huntsman

Not mature like business status but something an adult would sport on a weekend. I think they're definitely a step up from Nikes, Vans, or Chucks.
post #23 of 32
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Originally Posted by theshonen8899 View Post
Not mature like business status but something an adult would sport on a weekend. I think they're definitely a step up from Nikes, Vans, or Chucks.
Wha.... Purcells, are 'definitely a step up' or are more mature than these Chucks, or these Vans? Mind you, I don't know sneakers at all. Eight months ago I bought a pair of off-road running shoes and they were the first sneakers I've owned in a decade, but really, I hardly see any meaningful differentiation between the Purcells (if indeed I have posted the right shoes) and the others -- at worst they fall into the same 'class' of shoe. While in-the-know sneaker guys know the many differences, I doubt if an outsider would see enough differences to call one or the other more 'adult.' If the guy who complimented/insulted the OP felt they were like his old Chuck's it's probably because they look the same!
post #24 of 32
Purcells, and by extension, designer collaboration Converses seem to be the favored Weekend shoe of the urban yuppie, accented by a Mini Cooper, an Obama sticker and an air of obligated social concern.
post #25 of 32
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Originally Posted by gamelan View Post
ok, figure you guys might get a kick out of this one.

background. i'm 35 and work at a software company as a manager. Fridays are casual day and i'm in my standard getup, button down shirt, sweater, khaki's, and my John Varvatos Cons.

i get called into a sales presentation to help answer technical questions that our sales staff can't handle. about 30-35 minutes into the meeting while we're discussing what metadata can be used to kick off workflow processes within our application, our client, who is starely intently at my shoes just blurts out, "those are the shoes i used to wear when i was 12! Jack Purcells. they're pretty cool."

needless to say it was embarrassing although i don't think our client meant it that way. what really sucked was that 4 of my peers were there.

maybe it's time to change my casual outfit....

-Jeff

so you weren't giving the presentation? you just came in to back up the people who were giving said presention because they didnt know their stuff? i would say you are probably in the clear assuming the meeting went well. if not they might try to blame it on the sneakers

but it probably wouldnt hurt to keep a pair of shoes handy anyway. cordovan wingtips look great with khakis...
post #26 of 32
Running shoes are for gym. Granted I work from home at the moment, I usually wear dressy casual lace up shoes from Allan Edmonds or Cole Haan if I know I am going out to meet people for the projects I am working on. Another option is the Blundstone Chiesel Toe boots from Blundstone, they are surprisingly versatile (dress them up or down) and the big bonus if you live somewhere with real weather they will keep your feet dry. I love my Blundstones, they wear like steel and I want another pair.
post #27 of 32
shit i rock my vans or cons to work everyday. but im lazy and am in locked down room.
post #28 of 32
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Originally Posted by LabelKing View Post
Purcells, and by extension, designer collaboration Converses seem to be the favored Weekend shoe of the urban yuppie, accented by a Mini Cooper, an Obama sticker and an air of obligated social concern.

I thought they wore Birkenstocks?
post #29 of 32
unless you're steve jobs you should probably avoid sneakers when meeting with clients. people notice shoes. sounds like you were called in there unexpectedly so maybe it's not entirely your fault.


that said, there's also an old adage that you should dress for the position you want to have, not the one you do have.
post #30 of 32
I can't imagine receiving a comment like that in a business setting (or even wearing sneakers at all in a business setting), but I've noticed that, in casual settings, I receive more compliments from women about my Chucks than about any of my other (much nicer) shoes or boots. Typically they mention that they wore Chucks when they were 13 or something of that sort. Might sound like mockery, but the compliments were sincere.
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