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

maxalex

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This side of the forum is mostly populated by people from the CM side of the forum (CM = Classic Menswear). Lots of people on that side of the forum have a somewhat "respectability politics" view of clothes. So grown men shouldn't wear sneakers, as sneakers are for children and people working out. Grown men should wear wingtips and sport coats and such.

It's not a view I subscribe to. Agree that sneakers can be worn by anyone.

I think if you visit Reddit's Male Fashion Advice, you may find more useful information on how to dress. Killshots are often recommended there for what they call a "basic bastard" uniform (they use that term affectionately).
100 percent agree. Just look at Akamine Yukio, the god of grownups in sneakers. He wears classic vulcanized canvas types (made by PRAS in Japan) not modern running-type trainers. But I think you can wear any type of sneaker at any age, in the right situation.
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Somehow this thread has succumbed to a Mott & Bailey fallacy.

The OP specifically indicated wearing Nike sneakers casually while also asking if this was appropriate at 39. The question suggests a relationship between footwear and the age one should stop wearing certain types of footwear.

The sneakers above are a far cry from Nike sneakers; hence the Mott and Bailey. At 39, there are far better options.

And no, you also shouldn’t just wear a t-shirt.
 

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my personal feeling is nike, NB, etc type shoes look best with athletic wear after you're 30. If you like a sneaker style shoe, there are lots of companies that make a leisure style shoe as opposed to an athletic style shoe. There are plenty of variations on this style of shoe - different colors or even materials (so I'm not necessarily recommending this particular model, brand or color). This assumes you don't like the idea of leather boots, or more traditional leather shoes (plain toe bluchers, loafers, etc. etc.)..

I wear athletic shoes when when I'm doing long walks, runs, sports etc. Then function is more important than form.
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Be aware that if you buy those Sperrys and walk around in them frequently, you can expect them to start falling apart within a couple months at the most. I bought two pairs of them not long ago as super casual beater sneakers, and it took a few weeks for the soles to start separating so that grass pokes through to my feet around the edges when I walk on the lawn, etc.
 

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Anyone here ever wear Mephisto? Selling point is more comfort and support for walking all day. I have a dark brown pair and am now shopping for a decent-looking white pair. Better for us over-50s with feet that were "rode hard and put away wet" as the saying goes. They have a dizzying array of choices.

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Anyone here ever wear Mephisto? Selling point is more comfort and support for walking all day. I have a dark brown pair and am now shopping for a decent-looking white pair. Better for us over-50s with feet that were "rode hard and put away wet" as the saying goes. They have a dizzying array of choices.

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I thought they looked great, until I looked them up and saw the prices.

My search for a casual leisure sneaker for my flipper feet continues.
 

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I thought they looked great, until I looked them up and saw the prices.

My search for a casual leisure sneaker for my flipper feet continues.
Pricey but they really carry the day when walking all day.
 

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I thought they looked great, until I looked them up and saw the prices.

My search for a casual leisure sneaker for my flipper feet continues.
What are you looking for in a sneaker?
 

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What are you looking for in a sneaker?
I like the Sperry/Vans/Converse look, or something leather that's easy to clean, and something casual that can be worn with no-show socks and shorts. I've been wanting to upgrade from my suede New Balance mainly because they look like gym shoes.

Thing is, as I said, I have wide flipper feet. So that rubber shell around the toe box creates a hard wall against my toes, which creates blisters, and most of the "casual sneaker" models are too narrow.

I tried on some Sperry Stripers (pictured above), they come in a 9W but they were too narrow. I exchanged them for a 9.5W, I'm waiting for them to arrive but they may be too long.

I need something wide, at the end of the day.
 

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