The sneaker alternative

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  1. jim_k

    jim_k Member

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    So I found out recently that my bowling style shoes are out of fashion and I'm guessing the dusty pair of Doc Martens in the back of my closet haven't made it back in, so my question is this: What's a decent pair of casual shoes that go well with jeans but are not "sneakers"?
     
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    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    I've been trying to figure that out. For the moment I'm wearing my driving shoes around with jeans and they look okay and are comfortable, but being brown moccasins they're a bit casual for me. If you find something I'd like to know.
     
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    In addition to sneakers and Timberland boots/slip-ons, I favor shoes that considered dress casual when I'm in jeans. This usually means I'm wearing a nice shirt as well. Suede shoes I find go particularly well jeans.
     
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    ken Banned by Request

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    Try a pair of biker boots, preferably 12 or more inches tall and by a company that knows what they're doing, like Durango or Frye. They're made to be comfortable and last forever.

    Or maybe just look into any boot sans laces.
     
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    Mitch D Well-Known Member

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    Boots could indeed be fun alternative to sneakers/trainers,whether you choose engineer boots,harness boots,cowboy boots (see previous threads),or something like this -- from Donald Pliner -- which would be a bit more versatile: [​IMG]
     
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    matadorpoeta Senior member

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    jim_k, welcome to the forum.

    i suggest that if you really like clothes or fashion or whatever the reason may be that you've posted here, you should see your clothes as a form of self-expression. if you like your doc martens or bowling shoes then wear them. if you don't, then go shopping and pick something you like.

    asking questions about what's in fashion today just makes me think you're a slave to fashion, which is never fashionable.
     
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    With jeans i usually wear a pair of tan suede beige loafers or black leather loafers(Both zegna, i really like their shoes. really simple styles, nice cuts.. check out their website) , or sometimes a pair of pumas(avanti, in black with white accent) if im wearing something really casual..

    On a side note, I'm thinking about getting a pair of Chelsea boots (in dark brown), Just wondering how big the heel should be? Because i found a pair on ebay that are exactly what im looking for, but have a 2 inch heel which seems a little large to me for casual wear?
     
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    I agree with you that zegna shoes are cut very nicely. i understand that ferragamo makes them. can you let me know how much do they cost on average per pair? i would also appreciate prices on average dunhill' and bally shoes.
     
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    Excellent point. I guess my question really is, "If I were looking for something new and different, what would be a few good choices." I am a slave to nothing or no one. (Don't tell my wife I said that, though.) [​IMG]
     
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    On the topic of boots: I have something to add.. http://www.yoox.com/us....eaid=35 Damy? I've never heard of them before, but these boots look stylish (and cheap).
     
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    I saw a few pairs exactly like that at Nordstrom Rack (don't know if they were the same brand). I tried one but it was very loose on me. I guess I will try out some more boots as that seems to be a good alternative and I was looking for some for the rainy days anyway.
     
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    Those are very nice. I was looking before for a pair of unusual kangaroo soccer shoes with indoor soles and I only found a pair of Pumas with the in/outdoor soles but I got them anyway and they are great. I might have to find some of these to try on though.
     

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