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Less "Douchey" alternative to the Boat Shoe?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by rkearns10, May 22, 2013.

  1. rkearns10

    rkearns10 Member

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    Hey Stylers,

    So I live in a pretty urban area and I've just taken to riding a ten speed road bike around town. I'm not necessarily a racer, but more of a float around with friends or admiring the local female population over beers etc. kind of rider. Long story short, I find it too difficult and impractical riding around in oxfords and I've grown way the hell out of sandals many years ago. I'm looking for a type of shoe that is stylish, but relatively practical for riding my bike around town. I NEVER wear sneakers with jeans so that's out of the question. I really think the boat shoe is a close match, however, over the years I've just grown to see every human being and my eleven year old cousins wearing them. Not to mention every single douche/bro in College. I really don't mind the look, as long as it's an all white, beige, or different colored boat shoe... but I just want to see if you guys had any insight as to other options beyond the hackneyed boat shoe, or a much less "douchey" style of shoe/slip on,

    Apologies to any boat shoe wearers in advance... just trying to stay ahead of the trends here.

    Much love.

    Thanks
     


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    red81 Senior member

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    MrSANAtty New Member

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    What about a pair of dressy sneakers? Canali, Lanvin, Bugatchi, and Common Projects come to mind. I've got several of the Lanvin suede/patent cap toe low tops and love them, and wear them where I'd normally wear a boat shoe. IMHO, better than a boat shoe for an urban gent...
     


  5. joshmick

    joshmick Senior member

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    I kind of enjoy riding my bike in dressier shoes, the soles are always a bit stiffer than my boat shoes or sneakers. I juast have to adjust my cages acccordingly, no biggie.
     


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    gringodaddy Senior member

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    This was my first thought. Though I don't think that boat shoes are a bad choice and far from "douchey"
     


  7. eluther

    eluther Senior member

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    Be less of a sanctimonious douche yourself and wear sneakers with jeans like everyone else. You're not so precious that there's no reason you can't do it.
     


  8. rkearns10

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    Thanks for the responses guys... and yes I knew that was coming regarding sneakers haha.. I moreso meant running shoes/nikes with jeans.. I'm actually warming up to a pair of vans slip-ons. Anyway.. I think these are some good responses. I have a pair of nubuck oxfords and suede bucs, which I love... but the maintenance is tough. I guess it comes with the territory though.
     




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    if you've grown out of your sandals get bigger sandals?

    but seriously, canvas slip-ons
     


  10. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    Douche City.

    Get a goddamn pair of loafers.
     


  11. erpet

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    Desert boots, e.g. Clarks.
     


  12. erpet

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    Yes, there are two reasons:

    1) (At least my) feet get too warm with too much plastic/rubber/synthetics wrapped around them. Very uncomfortable.

    2) Following 1), the gorgonzola-dog duty blend stench the feet and shoes will get after a while


    Bonus reason:

    I don´t know how old the OP is, but having passed a certain age, wearing sneakers looks really sad.
     




  13. VRaivio

    VRaivio Senior member

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    If you're mainly looking for a bike shoe, the sole should be made from a hard rubber mix, Dainite or Commando, for better traction and distribution of force. After all, specialized bike shoes all have hard soles. For models: penny loafers, suede bucks, camp moccs. Not many available with Dainite or Commando soles, though.
     


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