Sneakers I could wear to the office with a suit

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by rgeftman, Jul 19, 2007.

  1. rgeftman

    rgeftman Member

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    I work for a large financial services company in New York, where our dress code is business casual.

    Are there sneakers -- maybe ones that kind of look like shoes -- that I could wear to work?

    I typically wear suit pants and a button-front, suit-type shirt (e.g., Pink, Tyrwhitt) when it's hot.. and suit pants and a button-front, suit-type shirt under a sweater when it's colder.

    I'm actually thinking about wearing suits -- the pants I wear now with the jacket -- and they're suits that are fashionable and flexible (i.e., ones that can be dressed up and look serious or ones that can be dressed down for going out).

    I'm also hoping to get suits made in Bangkok when I go over there for the first stop on my honeymoon in October/November:
    http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=40105

    I'm thinking that there are sneakers that look like shoes that could work with my ensemble.. and that they're probably going to come from Nike or Adidas.. or from true sneakerhead-type brands.. or from a very high-end men's fashion designer.

    Please reply back with your thoughts.

    Thanks in advance.
     


  2. Tarmac

    Tarmac Senior member

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    are you doing this to be trendy or because you think your dress shoes are uncomfortable?
     


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    LabelKing Senior member

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    The only sneakers that look good with suits are the classic Converse types, not some bastard sneaker/dress shoe hybrid.
     


  4. lakewolf

    lakewolf Senior member

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    I have seen some ads of Cole Haan dress shoes with a nike aÃ[​IMG]r type sole.
    I don't know about their quality as I heve never seen them in person.. but they looked good in the ads. Somebody here have seen them ?
     


  5. josepidal

    josepidal Senior member

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    I work for a large financial services company in New York, where our dress code is business casual.
    I wouldn't do the sneakers.

    The Nike Air Cole Haans are just a gimmick. These are lower-end Kenneth Cole quality shoes with part of the leather sole cut out and replaced by a sheet of rubber, plus a rubber heel toplift. I don't think they're any more comfortable than a pair of rubber-soled dress shoes that fit well.
     


  6. rgeftman

    rgeftman Member

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    I'm not sure I'm thinking about this to be trendy, Tarmac, but.. Allen Edmonds stopped making the Walton, which was my favorite shoe.. and I guess I'm also just trying to take control of what I wear instead of going with the status quo.

    I think I might be more of a sneakers guy than a shoes guy..

    I'd also like to get to a point where, at the end of the day, the first thing I want to do isn't change into jeans and a t-shirt and either Red Wing boots or sneakers.
     


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  8. farfisa23

    farfisa23 Senior member

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    I bought some Hugo Boss 'shoes that are sneakers that are shoes' a little while back in black leather for when dress shoes don't fit the occasion and sneakers are too casual. Trust me, fella, there are times like that in my industry.

    They were like 120 bucks on sale and really well made. I wear them with jeans and with casual slacks.
     


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    Could you post a picture.. or a link to a picture, farfisa23??
     


  10. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    What you're doing now will take a real toll on your suits, so I think you're smart for considering wearing the jacket with the trousers. Best to buy non-suit trousers if you want to wear them without a jacket. It'll save your suits an early trip to the trashcan.

    As for sneaker-shoes, most of them are an abomination. As LK said, the only sneakers I've seen look remotely decent with a suit are Converse, and those aren't exactly heralded for their comfort. Have you tried some rubber-soled dress shoes to see if they make a difference in terms of comfort?
     


  11. lawyerdad

    lawyerdad Senior member

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    How about something like an ankle boot? More appropriate for a suit than some sort of sneaker/dress frankenshoe, but maybe a bit hipper than a regular dress shoe.
    Just for comparison purposes, here's a thread showing some great martegani ankle boots Ron Rider was recently selling here (full disclosure: one of the pairs was sold to me [​IMG] ) http://www.styleforum.net/showthread...ighlight=rider

    Another option would be a pair of chelseas.
     


  12. Leaveitothexperts

    Leaveitothexperts Senior member

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    Aren't nice leather dress shoes very comfortable as well?

    Granted that after 12-15 hrs you might start to feel like the shoe seams may explode, but I don't think I can wear sneakers for that long either . . . I don't own any EGs or Lobbs yet but the Martegannis, C&Js and Tramezzas are pretty comfortable . . .
     


  13. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Sneakers are more comfortable. Chucks, on the other hand, are decidedly not. I wear Chucks all the time, but when I really need to walk, I usually go with a Vans slipons or some shoe that is more comfy. I am not a huge fan of the suit with sneakers look, but Common Projects, Steven Alan, Henry Begeulin all make sneakers that look reasonable a little dressed up, but are not those terrible sneaker/shoe hybrids. I personally really like the Steven Alan Dill sneaker (just fits me better than do the other brands.)
     


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    Anyone that wears sneakers to the office, especially a business casual office, should be sterilized.
     


  15. josepidal

    josepidal Senior member

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    I guess I'm also just trying to take control of what I wear instead of going with the status quo.
    Not to work, not in the finance industry, and not before you make MD.
     


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