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Dressy sneakers, if such a thing exists

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by sailawayforever, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. qubed

    qubed Well-Known Member

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    I've backpacked with casual Keens before, and they're great for tons of walking and skirting no-sneakers rules. But I wouldn't go running in them. (Learn to run barefoot, and maybe cram some fivefingers in your bag?)

    Aldo has some fairly comfortable, nice looking sneakers. Though I've never done extensive walking in them.
     
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  2. martinottawa

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    Quote: Good point about skate shoes - I walk around all day in them on the weekends, but they're not the greatest for long distances, especially if you're carrying a backpack. As for outdoor shoes, this should give you an idea - on this page, i think the scarpa mojito and manhattan, as well as the Keen Arcata and Coronado are pretty nice- http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/Footwear/OutdoorLifestyle/Mens.jsp. Even though a rubber soled leather shoe may sound heavy, they are actually great for walking long distances. I have a pair of Rockports that look like this, and love them for travelling: (this one is called the "Wanigan")
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  3. uhurit

    uhurit Senior member

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    dressy sneakers: do a search on Jil Sander, Bruno Magli, Bally, Tods and Ferragamo sneakers
     


  4. Flake

    Flake Senior member

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    Billy Reid designed K-Swiss :slayer:
     


  5. albeindc

    albeindc Senior member

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    you could get some black diesels
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    Or if you want to ball out, get some Prada - i heard they're actually comfortable. Mario Batali wears some Pradas in his kitchens all the time.

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    Bradford Current Events Moderator

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    Douglas Stupid ass member

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    This reply will get zero love on StyleForum, but given what you are trying to do, I honestly recommend something like Rockports.

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    They have some that are even more walker-friendly, though the styles are even clunkier than this one.

    Everybody on SF will laugh at you. You may even feel uncomfortable in them from a style standpoint. But they will be comfortable to walk in, and 99.99% of the population will think you look just fine if you walk into a pricey restaurant with those, a pair of khakis, and a button-up shirt.
     


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    dgsdm Well-Known Member

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    Check out Clae, they are dress shoe/sneaker hybrids. www.clae.com

    They also have them at zappos I think.
     


  9. bellyhungry

    bellyhungry Senior member

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    Take a look at Frye Justin Low in brown:

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  10. sturm07

    sturm07 Well-Known Member

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    Frye are good. They make quality and durable bootst but, I have never buy any regular shoes from them so, can't really tell if they are worth the price. I would recommend Puma Mihara, Y-3 or DSquared sneakers.
     


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    From someone who has lived in Scandinavia: are you concerned about rain/snow/ice? Walking around in wet sneakers is no fun for anyone. I'm thinking Danner boots or some other hiking boot might be a better option? They can be found for around $200 on sale. Depends on the range of temperatures you'll be dealing with.
     


  12. johanm

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    Consider Lanvin sneakers. They're a bit more dressy than the other "baller" streetwear brands. The ones without suede should be fairly durable.
     


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    Liar.

    I'd suggest a larger backpack to the OP.
     


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    I suggest that you pack Alden all weather walkers, plus Vibram fivefingers for running... but that's just my 2 cents.
     


  15. Douglas

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    Oh, and, btw, listen to noone who recommends leather-soled dress shoes.

    You will come to hate yourself, and them, and your feet, before long.

    Take it from someone who's been through this same experience.
     


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