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At 39, am I too old to be wearing black Nike Killshot 2 sneakers?

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When I turned 25 I tried New Balance walking shoes. They are wonderfully comfortable and stable. Good for all ages. Nike is for people who don't mind that their shoes are made in chyna by slaves.
 

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When I turned 25 I tried New Balance walking shoes. They are wonderfully comfortable and stable. Good for all ages. Nike is for people who don't mind that their shoes are made in chyna by slaves.
The majority of Nike shoes aren't made in China. They're made throughout East Asia, including Vietnam. I have a cousin who works at the factory and have heard the working conditions are quite good. The factory pays for things such as childcare, which is considered upscale for the area.
 
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The majority of Nike shoes aren't made in China. They're made throughout East Asia, including Vietnam. I have a cousin who works at the factory and have heard the working conditions are quite good. The factory pays for things such as childcare, which is considered upscale for the area.
You know, as someone who's actually knowledgeable about the athletic and outdoor footwear & apparel industry (me), it's refreshing to see someone write something like this. The old biases and misinformation surrounding Nike, Inc. are absolutely insane.

99.9% of the Nike-hating folk I educate about "The Big 3" here in the USA (Nike, Adi, UA) are shocked to learn that all of the Air units (Zoom Air, Max Air, VaporMax, etc) are made right in Beaverton, Oregon...THEN get shipped to Asia / Middle east for assembly ;)
 

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M/30's (approaching late 30's) in NYC here.

Those are fine for very casual summer outfits with shorts -- but I believe at 39, you're running low on time to be wearing athleisure around town. That big prominent Nike logo makes them look somewhat juvenile. The all-white version definitely looks better.

How about a good non-exercise casual sneaker, like Sperry or Vans? There are tons of options in the casual sneaker space these days, almost inundated with newcomers, I'm sure other options will catch your eye that don't feature a giant athletic brand logo.
 

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wait, people in their 30s shouldn't wear t-shirts?
Depends on the t-shirt, the phase of one's 30's (early, mid or late) and the setting.

Logo/printed t-shirts are for the gym only. If you're a sports fan, a team-branded t-shirt is fine to wear to the game, or to the bar to watch the game.

A plain shallow v-neck or Henley t-shirt is fine in very hot weather, in very casual environments, on a man who spends at least some time lifting weights. I see too many scrawny stovepipe arms and even titties on sedentary 30-something men wearing thin t-shirts, when a button-down or polo shirt over an undershirt would look much, much better.

The closer to 40, the more a man should default to collared shirts.
 

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Depends on the t-shirt, the phase of one's 30's (early, mid or late) and the setting.

Logo/printed t-shirts are for the gym only. If you're a sports fan, a team-branded t-shirt is fine to wear to the game, or to the bar to watch the game.

A plain shallow v-neck or Henley t-shirt is fine in very hot weather, in very casual environments, on a man who spends at least some time lifting weights. I see too many scrawny stovepipe arms and even titties on sedentary 30-something men wearing thin t-shirts, when a button-down or polo shirt over an undershirt would look much, much better.

The closer to 40, the more a man should default to collared shirts.
Eric Kvatek, a photographer whose work I enjoy, is in his 50s. He wears graphic tees and I think he looks great.


 

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Yeah, but can you show me 57 photos of men from the 1930s - 1950s wearing graphic tees and looking great? :)
No, but that's not the only style possible. So if someone wants to choose something else, there are options.

I don't particularly care for "modern classic menswear." But for casualwear, there are a ton of great looks that aren't about looking respectable, tailored, or whatever.
 

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No, but that's not the only style possible. So if someone wants to choose something else, there are options.

I don't particularly care for "modern classic menswear." But for casualwear, there are a ton of great looks that aren't about looking respectable, tailored, or whatever.
I know.

You're just torturing yourself in that other thread though, because you're arguing against a bunch of people who do (apparently) like "modern classic menswear". So you trying to convince them that oxfords only go with suits is just a futile as you trying to convince someone who is only interested in CM that t-shirts are OK for men in their 50s.
 

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Artists can take liberties and risks that aren’t always becoming on men of different vocations.

If the question was “can a middle-aged artist wear graphic t-shirts?” my reply would be “why couldn’t he?”
 

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Artists can take liberties and risks that aren’t always becoming on men of different vocations.
Yeah. Like mispronouncing Ralph Lauren's name. Watch the vid. Never mind, it's a (short) waste of time.
 

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Yeah. Like mispronouncing Ralph Lauren's name. Watch the vid. Never mind, it's a (short) waste of time.
I watched it. I don't consider this man to be particularly well-dressed, especially given his age, but for what he is, where he is, he looks perfectly appropriate.
 

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If he was working the night shift at a liquor store I’m not sure he’d be profiled here.

wearing Nike sneakers is fine when you’re a kid or when exercising. At 39, there are so many better options that look just as casual.

And yes, I’m not the only one that finds it ironic that DWW would defend Nike sneakers worn by a 39 year old yet it’s a hard stop with oxfords worn with anything but a suit.
 

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If he was working the night shift at a liquor store I’m not sure he’d be profiled here.

wearing Nike sneakers is fine when you’re a kid or when exercising. At 39, there are so many better options that look just as casual.

And yes, I’m not the only one that finds it ironic that DWW would defend Nike sneakers worn by a 39 year old yet it’s a hard stop with oxfords worn with anything but a suit.
I dislike modern takes on classic men's clothing. That doesn't mean I dislike modernity or modern casualwear.

Having a strong preference for classic men's tailoring isn't the same as thinking that's the only legitimate aesthetic. Or thinking that smart casual is necessarily better than other forms of casualwear.
 

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Yeah. Like mispronouncing Ralph Lauren's name. Watch the vid. Never mind, it's a (short) waste of time.
Imagine changing your last name so people will stop making fun of you but then people mispronounce the new last name.
 

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