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This whole thread is just another oldmanyellsatcloud.jpg at the end of the day so here's my attempt at making it even more tedious:
Good read.This whole thread is just another oldmanyellsatcloud.jpg at the end of the day so here's my attempt at making it even more tedious:
I'm one of the sales engineers at a biotech company, and for my last adventure before COVID broke the planet, exhibited at conference held at a resort in the middle of nowhere in Puerto Rico. I'm not much of a resort guy but we were trapped there for a week (by design....the conference was a BS excuse for all the attendees to goof off for a week on company money) and after Day 2 I had already tried the all the crappy restaurants, halfhearted golf course, and sorry excuse for a gym. That left nothing to do except sit at the tiki bar by the pool pretty much all day every day for the rest of the week.
As a proper sales guy at an overpriced resort, I mostly wore a light blue tropical wool suit with either a white poplin shirt and blue linen tie during the evenings when it was cooler and the customers drunker, and floral shirt with long tail that could be tucked in during the day when I was mostly on my own, and either canvas sneakers or lazyman brogues for both. It was 90F and humid out but I felt okay since I was just sitting there in the shade boozing it up. Alas no one wanted to talk shop with me, but hey, I dress for myself and not for anyone else, mkay?
All around me though was the tropical resort version of your Hat Guy athleisure enemy, that is, intoxicated fat hairy goons in tank tops and shorts, crushing their rotten flipflops into the deck. Maybe a baseball cap advertising their political affiliation or a favorite sports team, neither of which I like, and for which he was willing to spend the night in jail for assault and battery, which I found decidedly ungentlemanly. A hoodie and joggers is downright elegant compared to what these animals were sporting.
You've probably rescinded the creme of your tip already for "poor overall experience" or whatever, but that's not even the worst part. For that, it would be the people I knew. Biotech is huge but each specific industry within it is small, and I saw way too many familiar customers that week as they headed for the pool in all their drunk misshapen glory. I tell ya, the last thing I needed on my retinas was freaken Craig van Meter PhD, the pudgy associate director for consumables manufacturing at NeoLife's immunology division, or Victor Davidson, PhD, a staff scientist over at Cellulon, who smokes a pack a day and definitely starts each morning meeting with a scotch-spiked coffee, and has a body that reflects that, as they strutted around in full mankini, phone in one hand and that footlong cocktail container in the other. RIP my overall experience.
I was trying to telekinetically summon reps from Peter Millar, Robert Talbott, Ted Baker, and wherever else middle aged guys shop, to come and save us but alas, none appeared with things like golf pants or tassel loafers, and instead these lunkheads and their colleagues were free to impose themselves upon us with abandon.
And don't even get me started on when Lexie Sanchez-Bollinger, MD PhD, the CSO for ImmunoKronos (and with some luck my future ex-wife) showed up with her two toddlers, both of whom were completely oblivious as to how attractive their brainy mom was as she took off her maxidress to reveal a bikini that would have looked good on her when she was 20 and even better now two decades later. Put on a suit, Dr. Sanchez! Geez. Her husband was there too but all too easily blended in with the other schlubs. Darnit! People these days!
Oh but the point of this story is, the wait staff was just as aggressive as those described here, and by that I mean the bartender kept on taking away my empty tiki cup and bringing me a full one when I was half-consciously looking at my phone or my slovenly customers. The nerve! She was also dressed in a t-shirt that said "Get some!" on the front and advertised a brand of local rum on the back, which I found distasteful and aggressive. I paid the $90 upgrade for every refill to be a double, so everything was like, doubly offensive.
Just wanted to run this by you gents to complain about a bunch of sweaty tourists who traveled to an impoverished island to numb the pain of their dreary lives for a few days.
I see crocs worn by stoner college kids going to get food for their munchies at the corner store + old people with foot problems. Neither demographic do I want to emulate, though I understand the necessity of the latter for people in pain (though I wonder how crocs are supposed to alleviate it with the apparent no support and hard plastic everything).If anything I'm seeing more crocs being worn, not fewer. Don't own any but if I did might wear them for mowing the lawn, but otherwise no.
I bought a pair at the beginning of Covid more or less as bedroom slippersI see crocs worn by stoner college kids going to get food for their munchies at the corner store + old people with foot problems. Neither demographic do I want to emulate, though I understand the necessity of the latter for people in pain (though I wonder how crocs are supposed to alleviate it with the apparent no support and hard plastic everything).
There are excellent use cases for them, as there are for flip flops (to wear in the shower or around the pool). I have nothing against crocs when used in such situations, but I'm not a fan of seeing them being worn outside of such use cases.We used to take Crocs backpacking. They're super light weight to pack around, they work well for knee-deep stream crossings (and they float if you manage to lose one), and they're great for around camp to let your feet air out while still being somewhat 'closed toe' shoes.
Other than that, they're great for slipping on to run to the mailbox in the rain/snow or doing yard work.