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So does this have no place in my wardrobe?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mixedmajik, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. mixedmajik

    mixedmajik Senior member

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    Hi guys...since I've started dressing better Over the past 6 months I've been buying leather shoes only...starting with hush puppy loafers, then sperry tassle loafers, then suede bucks, and recently some ebay deal allen edmonds...

    Now I'm wondering, does that mean these ralph lauren sneakers i bought in summer of last year and have yet to wear are pretty much a no-go/worthless? I ordered them to canada so they ran me about 90 bucks and I haven't worn them yet as I said...

    Does this have no place in a gentleman's wardrobe? I'll be honest i did buy them for looks and brand name because i used to be into sneakers but now I've been getting a general feel that sneakers are no good to have around in your wardrobe and am wondering what to do here...Maybe since I'm in university still I can probably find someone to buy them off me for 70 or 75 bucks on campus if I let them see they were never worn.

    Opinions, thoughts?
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  2. AZsundevil

    AZsundevil Well-Known Member

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    Classic Menswear, no. Not in my opinion.

    But for Streetwear & Denim, heck yeah! I have a pair of red Chuck Taylors that I wear when the occasion calls for ultra-casual and I want to make a statement. I'll generally have them be the stand-out item in my outfit and maybe have one or two other red accents, like a cloth belt with a red stripe or a zulu watch band with red stripes. I've received a lot of unsolicited compliments on this. Other than that I don't see any use for em in a gentleman's wardrobe.
     
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    Mixedmajik, one piece of advice, never ever listen to anything reevolving says. Do not be fooled by the fact that he has many more posts than you. Actually he's probably done you a favour by linking to one of his most ridiculous threaks...
     
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  5. VinnyMac

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    Those shoes aren't bad for the right occasion. I'd keep them.
     
  6. mixedmajik

    mixedmajik Senior member

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    @AZ Seeing as i'm not really being invited or going to any occasions can you let me know what type of occassions you were referring to where this can be worn?

    @Reev Thanks but the guy below you turned me off your thread a bit...

    @Flyingmonkey To be honest I stopped reading after the first line as soon as I read "lower class people"...

    @VM What type of occasions would you wear them on/with what kind of clothes?

    From the responses so far...I'm starting to think maybe its not so bad to have a pair of sneakers...
     
  7. Gibonius

    Gibonius Senior member

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    The style is fine, but the stupid horse logo kills it for me. I'd go for something with (much) less visible branding. Nothing against Polo specifically, I just don't do hugely obviously branding period.

    I wear Superga sneakers pretty regularly in the summer. Jeans, decently slim khakis, madras shorts; it's a nice casual look.
     
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  8. Dib

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    +1

    Sneakers are fine in the right context, but the sneakers you have posted are not very nice (largely due to the conspicuous branding) and would look horrible (IMHO) even with a casual outfit.

    If you can sell them, great. If not, then just chalk it up to experience.
     
  9. CentralParkMan

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    It's perfectly fine to keep a few pair of casual street shoes, however I'm not really a fan of the pair you posted but we all have our own individual taste and sense of style. Basically if you still like them then keep them if not then perhaps donate them or sell them online. As for when to wear the shoes you posted, they'd be ok to wear while running errands or during the weekend.
     
  10. HughJ

    HughJ Senior member

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    Sneakers (other than the very most sedates ones) look weird to me on grown men. I realize that's probably just my own personal hang up, though. I reserve mine for work around the house.
     
  11. Quadcammer

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    wear them with navy shorts, no socks, you'll be fine.
     
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    These are fine if you're running errands during the summer with shorts and a polo (though I'd infinitely prefer loafers here), for heading to the laundry room if you're living in an apartment building or for while you're at home. Even for a very casual occasion, you will be fine and look better in loafers. You shouldn't get much real use from these, but that's okay. Up to you if you want to return them.
     
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    Don't like due to the logo.
    If they cost $30...I would still not buy. But if you have them, just wear in the summer running errands..
     
  14. Reevolving

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    Here, loud logos declaring your false wealth are frowned upon.
    No one here would wear those obnoxious gangsta sneakers.
    You don't want to always be wearing dress shoes, but something like Keds for BB reflects SF sensibilities more accurately.
    But, true style is all about wearing what you want.
     
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    I really cannot stand loafers worn with shorts. They look utterly ridiculous to my eye, just too formal. Boat shoes, sure. Camp mocs, sure. Loafers? Please don't. And sneakers work just fine with shorts.
     
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    +1
     
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    Who runs their own errands? :confused:
     
  18. archibaldleach

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    Hmmmm. I guess I see some of the more casual loafers out there as glorified slippers and they don't really scream formal to me. I also hate sneakers and shorts outside the gym or other athletic endeavors but was trying to think of ways OP might use his walking advertisements.
     
  19. mixedmajik

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    I already have a lot of shoes like those...like 2-3 pairs but they always crack near the toe area b/w the white rubber and the canvas material seam...its ridiculous. Thats why i figured at the time when i was big on sneakers to go get something more expensive...

    And yes i think its best to sell them...honestly i dont understand the point in keeping shoes just to run errands or wear in your house alone (who even wears shoes in their own house/parents house or apartment in school? Thats strange and not even good etiquette to me)

    So if basically the consensus is run errands aka use these to walk from level 4 of an appartment to level 1 laundry room and back is all the use i should be getting from these...heck no thats not value for money...ill try and see how much coin i can get from students around here and figure out how to sell them on school campus without looking shady.

    As for wearing at super super casual events...i dont really attend or get invited to events at all and the only events i go to are the occasional wedding ive been dragged a long for and such...never a super casual or whatever that means.

    Also seeing as i do have the canvas shoes with no logos...even though they are cracking...they probably could suffice if i ever did wear sneakers again but i may as well just wear my tassle loafer boat shoes instead with shorts and in summer. Hopefully i can come back and say you guys saved me a lot of money if i get a sale here...i dont want to chalk it up to experience without getting paid for it hahaha
     
  20. kasakka

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    Aside from the ugly branding, there's nothing wrong with OP's shoes. They're fine for wearing any time you're not wearing a suit. Chinos or jeans, even with a sportcoat works fine on someone who's young. Very casual look.

    Sometimes I feel this forum is way hung up on what's considered classic and for conservative business.
     

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