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Sneakers I could wear to the office with a suit

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

  1. Connemara

    Connemara Senior member

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    This is neither a necessary remark, nor a clever quip.

    Anyhow, Paul Smith makes a few "hybrid" shoes that may be up your alley. They look better in person than on the website -

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    these would be in black or brown, obviously -
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    I also think lacoste made/makes a wingtip sneaker that straddles the line.



    Why not just wear a freaking shoe? I don't understand these hybrids.
     
  2. babygreenspots

    babygreenspots Senior member

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    I don't think the first dark brown one (suede?) is ugly. Probably not with a traditional suit, but it could be interesting with checked wool trousers, cotton twill pants, jeans, or several other options. The second brown ones do seem a bit questionable.
     
  3. scruff

    scruff Senior member

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    Why not just wear a freaking shoe? I don't understand these hybrids.

    I agree. I wouldn't wear any of them, but more than a few of the paralegals at my law firm (white-shoe, top-tier NY corp firm, blah blah) do it, and no one bats an eye.
     
  4. scruff

    scruff Senior member

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    homo-fetish elongated sneakers

    wtf? homo fetish? do these shoes remind you of elongated gay penises?
     
  5. josepidal

    josepidal Senior member

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    From Reuters, FWIW:

     
  6. tbabes

    tbabes Senior member

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    Are there sneakers -- maybe ones that kind of look like shoes -- that I could wear [with a suit] to work?


    There are no sneakers on the face of this earth that I would wear to work with a suit. YMMV
     
  7. username79

    username79 Senior member

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    wtf? homo fetish? do these shoes remind you of elongated gay penises?
    Yes. NAMBLA has approved your shoes.
     
  8. acidboy

    acidboy Senior member

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    I'd reconsider using the words "office", "suit" and "sneakers" in a single sentence. You're heading to the wrong direction, career-wise and style-wise.
     
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  10. Edward Appleby

    Edward Appleby Senior member

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    Man up and get some Chelseas.
     
  11. zalb916

    zalb916 Senior member

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    I would never wear sneakers with a suit. However, I was in the market for something similar a year ago when I was travelling. I wanted a shoe that I felt comfortable walking around in all day, but that I also felt was reasonably dressy for a nice meal. I searched forever and came up with a pair of Campers that I liked. Campers aren't for everyone, but I thought these were fairly basic. They seemed to do the trick for me. This is the only site that I could find that still carries the particular model. http://jackyshoes.com/product_info.php?id_modele=1086
     
  12. TheHoff

    TheHoff Senior member

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    My JM Weston Golf Oxford is very comfortable. It has a rubber (ridgeway) sole and quality leather. http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/f...d.php?p=561514 Perhaps you'd like the JM Weston split-toe on ridgeway (rubber) sole viewable on www.jmweston.com.
    I bought those Weston Golfs from Roger and they are nice shoes. I think they look great with jeans and I'd wear them with a suit in foul weather and still be better shod than most. [​IMG]
     
  13. beasty

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    If you dare, you can wear Mihara's half shoe from his main line not his Puma collaboration. it is half a normal shoe from the front and a sneaker at the back.
     
  14. babygreenspots

    babygreenspots Senior member

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    I bought those Weston Golfs from Roger and they are nice shoes. I think they look great with jeans and I'd wear them with a suit in foul weather and still be better shod than most.

    [​IMG]


    The Range Rover of shoes.
     
  15. lpwb32

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    i also work in the finance industry and our dress code is casual, not even business casual. i havent seen my boss yet today but since its friday my guess is he'll be rolling into the office in a golf shirt and shorts with boat shoes. i like to dress up so for me i think in terms of dressing one notch above the norm. if people are in shorts, i'll do jeans. in terms of footwear that means a dressier sneaker like the OP is looking for, loafers, or a casual-looking oxford. so in regards to the comment that sneakers should NEVER be worn in business casual environment, lets not presume that everybody is required to dress the same way. its fair to say that not being properly attired is definitely a way to ruin your career, but we shouldnt presume that the definition of properly attired for everyone is XYZ. in the OPs case, properly attired for him is probably ABC. quite frankly if i were to show up in the office every day looking like the WAYWN posts, my boss would think i'm 1) dressed too stuffy, 2) interviewing for another job so in this case, it would be a DETRIMENT to my career! [​IMG] something here might work http://www.colehaan.com/colehaan/cat...egoryId=311819 the only pair of cole haans i have is a g-series sneaker which is very comfortable. its clearly a casual shoe and feels like my nike sneakers which is hardly a surprise. i cant vouch for it holding up for 10 yrs like a pair of quality dress shoes but i think we're comparing apples and oranges. otherwise i think loafers is the way to go! chuck taylors and purcells simply arent comfortable imo. its like walking barefoot.
     
  16. josepidal

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    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

    We didn't assume. He supplied the above details.
     
  17. NewYorkBuck

    NewYorkBuck Senior member

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    I'll make this quick. I work in financial services as well in NYC (an investment bank to be exact.) I would never, and I mean never, wear sneakers into this building under any circumstances during a regular business day, and especially not with a suit.
     
  18. lpwb32

    lpwb32 Senior member

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    We didn't assume. He supplied the above details.

    given that he only mentioned the dress code was business casual and he was considering sneakers, the only information we have is that it probably is appropriate or he wouldnt be considering it.

    i'm not necessarily responding to your comments josepidal because you merely gave the suggestion that maybe a dress shoe but in rubber sole would work be just as comfortable. agree wholeheartedly and that is what i do myself.

    my comments were more of a response to the post that said anyone wearing sneakers to an office should be sterilized or that i would never have an employee that dressed like that. the point is the OP doesnt work for you, he works for his company.
     
  19. demeis

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    Puma 96hours has a wingtip shoe coming out.
     
  20. rgeftman

    rgeftman Member

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    I appreciate all of the business world's VIPs for taking time out of their days to reply to my original post.

    Fact is that there are some horrible dressers at my company -- and I see more of them around the greater Wall Street area whenever I don't have a lunch meeting and have time to go out and grab lunch, so I'm not sure the issue's specific to my company.

    If I had an important meeting with an outside client or even someone at my company I was trying to win favor with, I would wear shoes and a suit (of course). But on most days, when I'm doing work at my desk and/or meeting with members of my team, there's less need to wear that same "uniform."

    Thanks for all of the serious suggestions (e.g., Paul Smith, Steven Alan, rubber sole shoes, JM Weston, upcoming Pumas) -- I'm going to check them out.

    I think some Chelseas might be in my future..

    To that end, does anyone have any suggestions about Chelseas that have rubber soles and look good while not being so hip that they'll be out of style in six months?
     

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