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Do people notice your shoes ?

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Being a shoe lover I can say that when I see someone dressed well then I'll look at their shoes. If not, no.
When one is well dressed I look at the clothes fit, quality of cloth and tailoring. Then shoes then watch and then frames if wearing glasses of any sort.
If a man is truly well dressed, he is noticeable at least a block away. At 50 feet you see the fit, drape and flow of the clothes. Then, if they know enough to wear quality shoes that don't stand out, then they are noticed next by me.

I also notice grooming. You can tell a Nick Wooster from a Kirby Alison a block away too.
You can tell the type of conversation you'll have with this person if you see a very Italian suit, no socks, very sprezzatura, hair in a bun and 3 days worth of beard growth VS let's again say a Kirby Alison.
 

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You can tell the type of conversation you'll have with this person if you see a very Italian suit, no socks, very sprezzatura, hair in a bun and 3 days worth of beard growth VS let's again say a Kirby Alison.
Some of you guys are so weirdly judgemental.

Just because someone wears a suit doesn't mean they're more sophisticated, knowledgeable, dependable, or whatever else. Especially the ways that you guys are describing, which is often very much just an "enthusiast" uniform. I can tell if someone spends a lot of time consuming menswear media -- YouTube channels, blogs, forums, Instagram, and the like.

This theme has come up in other threads before and I not only don't get it, but it seems so foreign to my lived experience. The most knowledgeable, interesting, and dependable people I know are not well dressed. There is very little connection between someone's exterior appearance and their personal character. This is a hobby like any thing else -- someone can be into clothes just as someone can be into music, food, architecture, the study of birds, or whatever. Some of us just happen to spend a lot of time on clothes.

When you ride the train or interact with people in public, is this your actual lived experience? That nice, smart, dependable people are all well dressed? The way that this is framed in the CM sense often dovetails with a weird classism. Which is especially weird in this day and age because upper-class people don't dress like iGents.

If I saw someone dressed like Kirby, the only kind of conversation I assume I can have with them is: "Hey do you remember that Foo thread?"
 

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I'm sorry, but some of the recent comments in here 👎 -- jeans, sneakers and hoodie sweatshirts aka dressing like you are still a high school student are not "stylish" or "well dressed"... I don't care if your ripped jeans are Saint Laurent. Everyone wants to be Zuckerberg now 🤮

Is this forum S&D now or am I somehow in the styleforum twiligh zone? Or perhaps some of you guys are posting in the wrong forum? :puzzled:

I thought this was CLASSIC MENSWEAR?
 

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I'm sorry, but some of the recent comments in here 👎 -- jeans, sneakers and hoodie sweatshirts aka dressing like you are still a high school student are not "stylish" or "well dressed"... I don't care if your ripped jeans are Saint Laurent. Everyone wants to be Zuckerberg now 🤮

Is this forum S&D now or am I somehow in the styleforum twiligh zone? Or perhaps some of you guys are posting in the wrong forum? :puzzled:

I thought this was CLASSIC MENSWEAR?
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dieworkwear

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I'm sorry, but some of the recent comments in here 👎 -- jeans, sneakers and hoodie sweatshirts aka dressing like you are still a high school student are not "stylish" or "well dressed"... I don't care if your ripped jeans are Saint Laurent. Everyone wants to be Zuckerberg now 🤮

Is this forum S&D now or am I somehow in the styleforum twiligh zone? Or perhaps some of you guys are posting in the wrong forum? :puzzled:

I thought this was CLASSIC MENSWEAR?
*tips fedora*
 

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Strange, I live in the Bay Area and see stylish people on a daily basis, at least before the lockdown (things are quieter now). They are rarely in CM type clothing, but they look stylish nonetheless. It's mostly young people and women.

When someone comments on some specific item I'm wearing, it's usually someone that's into clothing. I've had denim guys ask me about my jeans. Someone at the food market once noticed my watch from far away. One person surprisingly asked me once if my sport coat is bespoke. A man in a suit commented on my bag when we were both in the elevator. Sales associates at clothing stores often ask about a specific piece -- a jacket, pair of shoes, etc. But these are all style enthusiasts, and the comments often lead to fun conversations.

From "normal" people, I've only gotten general comments, like "you look nice."
I'm sorry, but some of the recent comments in here 👎 -- jeans, sneakers and hoodie sweatshirts aka dressing like you are still a high school student are not "stylish" or "well dressed"... I don't care if your ripped jeans are Saint Laurent. Everyone wants to be Zuckerberg now 🤮

Is this forum S&D now or am I somehow in the styleforum twiligh zone? Or perhaps some of you guys are posting in the wrong forum? :puzzled:

I thought this was CLASSIC MENSWEAR?
There are really nice hoodies, great looking jeans, and awesome sneakers, out there in the world.

If I were planning to spend a weekend walking around San Fran, that's what I would wear. Dinner would be different (maybe).
 
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There are really nice hoodies, great looking jeans, and awesome sneakers, out there in the world.

If I were planning to spend a weekend walking around San Fran, that's what I would wear. Dinner would be different.
Wearing denim and a zip up hoodie tonight because it’s Sunday and I didn’t feel the need to break out tweed and some country shoes to run to the grocery store to get a gallon of milk. *gasp* I hope the forum can forgive me.
 

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Pre-pandemic, when I actually used to GO to work, I frequently got comments on my shoes. I have a nice selection of AEs which I take care of. Even our CEO admired my Higgins Mill boots. Also have received many comments on watches even though I don't think I paid more than $200 for any of them.
 

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I live in Portland and generally the men here dress pretty terribly. I get complimented on most outfits which SF folks wouldn't even notice, just because I make an effort to ensure my clothes fit well and I try to be conscious of pattern and color (this is for casual or professional outfits).

Shoes (of all kind, sorry CM folks I do love my sneakers too) are something I really love, but I have noticed that when people give me compliments on my shoes it is usually not someone who's particularly stylish and its not really a compliment. It means my shoes are overshadowing the rest of the outfit and may even be a glaring error. Someone who isn't particularly conscious of style simply sees them and it's not something they own so they mention that they like it because to them it's impressive to have something unique. For me, I see that and I take it as "these shoes do not work with this outfit, or may not even work with my wardrobe."

On rare occasions I will have someone who's super into shoes notice something I'm wearing and go "nice shoes" but I can tell they also just really like shoes because they're also well heeled.
 

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Wearing denim and a zip up hoodie tonight because it’s Sunday and I didn’t feel the need to break out tweed and some country shoes to run to the grocery store to get a gallon of milk. *gasp* I hope the forum can forgive me.
Over the past year of regular lockdowns I’ve gone in entirely the other direction, spending an age each day picking out my outfit for the elevator ride and 50m walk to the shop on the ground floor of my apartment building. My wife thinks I’ve lost it, and people of the generation who use the word would describe me as thirsty. They are both absolutely correct :p
 

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Over the past year of regular lockdowns I’ve gone in entirely the other direction, spending an age each day picking out my outfit for the elevator ride and 50m walk to the shop on the ground floor of my apartment building. My wife thinks I’ve lost it, and people of the generation who use the word would describe me as thirsty. They are both absolutely correct :p
I thought I was bad picking out fits to wear on my daily walk to the mail room to pick up new things I bought for online retail therapy
 

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I live in Portland and generally the men here dress pretty terribly. I get complimented on most outfits which SF folks wouldn't even notice, just because I make an effort to ensure my clothes fit well and I try to be conscious of pattern and color (this is for casual or professional outfits).

Shoes (of all kind, sorry CM folks I do love my sneakers too) are something I really love, but I have noticed that when people give me compliments on my shoes it is usually not someone who's particularly stylish and its not really a compliment. It means my shoes are overshadowing the rest of the outfit and may even be a glaring error. Someone who isn't particularly conscious of style simply sees them and it's not something they own so they mention that they like it because to them it's impressive to have something unique. For me, I see that and I take it as "these shoes do not work with this outfit, or may not even work with my wardrobe."

On rare occasions I will have someone who's super into shoes notice something I'm wearing and go "nice shoes" but I can tell they also just really like shoes because they're also well heeled.
Not sure if same Portland, I took a pair of shoes to get lulu metal tips to a cobbler, in the Beave. Cobbler said "We either get Nikes, Danner's, or cowboy boots". I should have turned around right then and there... Deeply regretted it, ended up with generic huge metal toe plates and horrible topy job :/
 

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Not sure if same Portland, I took a pair of shoes to get lulu metal tips to a cobbler, in the Beave. Cobbler said "We either get Nikes, Danner's, or cowboy boots". I should have turned around right then and there... Deeply regretted it, ended up with generic huge metal toe plates and horrible topy job :/
What shoes did you take? I'm in the same Portland, also what cobbler because I need a pair of Meermins resoled soon and would like to avoid that
 

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