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So yesterday during my travels I stopped by the Chicago store on LaSalle. Great time talking with the salesman there who said something interesting:

His Gen-Z (ugh, I hate that term, but bear with me) co-worker indicated he thinks dress-sneakers are for "old people".

I don't know how common this sentiment is, but apparently Gen-Z likes the boots way more than the sneaker options, and thinks the sneakers look dated and old.

He indicated that the sneakers are kind of more millennial oriented, which means now mid-30s. Of course, I vehemently disagree, as I'd rather kill myself than buy a dress sneaker (though then again, I'm not your average 30 year old).

Also, for the small cadre of central Illinois/University of Illinois friends here: We won't be getting an Allen Edmonds store anytime soon. He's like, "Nope, no one would even wear our shoes there. No one even wears dress shoes down there, and definitely not our price point." Which is true, as I think @audog and I might be the only two men with multiple pairs of Allen Edmonds for 3 counties.
 

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So yesterday during my travels I stopped by the Chicago store on LaSalle. Great time talking with the salesman there who said something interesting:

His Gen-Z (ugh, I hate that term, but bear with me) co-worker indicated he thinks dress-sneakers are for "old people".

I don't know how common this sentiment is, but apparently Gen-Z likes the boots way more than the sneaker options, and thinks the sneakers look dated and old.

He indicated that the sneakers are kind of more millennial oriented, which means now mid-30s. Of course, I vehemently disagree, as I'd rather kill myself than buy a dress sneaker (though then again, I'm not your average 30 year old).

Also, for the small cadre of central Illinois/University of Illinois friends here: We won't be getting an Allen Edmonds store anytime soon. He's like, "Nope, no one would even wear our shoes there. No one even wears dress shoes down there, and definitely not our price point." Which is true, as I think @audog and I might be the only two men with multiple pairs of Allen Edmonds for 3 counties.
For those of us who have no idea about the generation names.
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So yesterday during my travels I stopped by the Chicago store on LaSalle. Great time talking with the salesman there who said something interesting:

His Gen-Z (ugh, I hate that term, but bear with me) co-worker indicated he thinks dress-sneakers are for "old people".

I don't know how common this sentiment is, but apparently Gen-Z likes the boots way more than the sneaker options, and thinks the sneakers look dated and old.

He indicated that the sneakers are kind of more millennial oriented, which means now mid-30s. Of course, I vehemently disagree, as I'd rather kill myself than buy a dress sneaker (though then again, I'm not your average 30 year old).

Also, for the small cadre of central Illinois/University of Illinois friends here: We won't be getting an Allen Edmonds store anytime soon. He's like, "Nope, no one would even wear our shoes there. No one even wears dress shoes down there, and definitely not our price point." Which is true, as I think @audog and I might be the only two men with multiple pairs of Allen Edmonds for 3 counties.

Dress sneakers are definitely 'old people' shoes as opposed to younger people shoes. Older people want the shoe that can be 'comfortable' and dress as the same time. I would say a younger person would either want to wear an actual sneaker or a dress shoe.

The boots comment is also true. Like, if you go over to the GYW Reddit (where you have a younger leaning demographic), you'd be hard pressed to find any shoe content. It is all boots.
 

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Dress sneakers are definitely 'old people' shoes as opposed to younger people shoes. Older people want the shoe that can be 'comfortable' and dress as the same time. I would say a younger person would either want to wear an actual sneaker or a dress shoe.

The boots comment is also true. Like, if you go over to the GYW Reddit (where you have a younger leaning demographic), you'd be hard pressed to find any shoe content. It is all boots.
I wonder what the focus on dress sneakers is then from EVERY company?

The dress sneaker has effectively overtaken Rockport, for instance. There's no dress-shoe styles for Rockport anymore, or barely any left at least. Same with Florsheim, Cole Haan, etc. Allen Edmonds definitely has pushed it, too.
 

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For those of us who have no idea about the generation names.
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I honestly can't see someone who is 23 as still a millennial. Then again, I think millennial was a stupid, vague generational title to begin with.

Regardless, the point he made is: Gen Z thinks only old people wear dress sneakers and boots are big.
 

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Yep, I see the young'uns wearing boots like the old timers back in the day, while we here olden folks called X-genners are secretly wearing dress sneakers.
 

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Yep, I see the young'uns wearing boots like the old timers back in the day, while we here olden folks called X-genners are secretly wearing dress sneakers.
My question is: Is it just work-like boots or dress boots?
 

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I wonder what the focus on dress sneakers is then from EVERY company?

The dress sneaker has effectively overtaken Rockport, for instance. There's no dress-shoe styles for Rockport anymore, or barely any left at least. Same with Florsheim, Cole Haan, etc. Allen Edmonds definitely has pushed it, too.

Ever seen someone under the age of 50 wear Rockports recently?
 

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