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Casual Shoes for Adults


#1

I lived up north for a while, where I would wear boots about half the year to keep the tootsies dry and toasty.

However, now that I'm in the South, it's either sandals, athletic shoes, or dress shoes. When I was younger, I'd pretty much just sport a pair of new balances and be done w/ it. However, I often find myself in situations where that just looks silly (any place w/ slacks, basically). I'll usually go for the dress shoes, but there's gotta be something out there more middle of the road.

A fancier sandal is one option, though it's easy for that to cross over to something w/ a more feminine style.

Boat shoes are classic, though the leather ones can get warm.

A cheap pair of simple slip-ons are casual enough (they're slip-ons) while simple enough to pass anywhere. Plus, they have a bit of an 80's vans vibe.

Even a clean pair of chucks, shell toes, or indoor soccer shoes can get by in many settings.

The trend a couple years ago was to where shoes that looked like, to me anyway, fancy bowling shoes (mostly sold at department stores).

Please, don't even think about crocs.

I guess nike makes mostly "fashion" shoes now, but I don't see the value.

Anyway, what styles are you all sporting these days?


#2

Boat shoe guy myself


#3

http://www.clarksusa.com/eng/product/desert_boot_men/26078354
http://www.sperrytopsider.com/en/striper-cvo-salt-washed-twill-sneaker/11003M.html?dwvar_11003M_color=1048032#cgid=men-shoes-casual&start=25
http://www.stevemadden.com/product/MENS/Best-Sellers/GRAB/c/2164/sc/2200/158384.uts?sortByColumnName=Relevance&selectedColor=DARK-BROWN&$MR-THUMB$

These are my three go to, plus the deck shoes you already mentioned.


#4

I just really wear suede desert boots, just got a variety of colour to go with different trousers. Only really wear trainers if it’s with shorts.


#5

Translated this text.

[quote]RATTLEHEAD wrote:
I just really wear suede desert boots, just got a variety of color to go with different pants. Only really wear tennis shoes if it’s with shorts.[/quote]


#6

Fuck, do yanks not just call all sport shoes trainers lol?


#7

I have a hard time wearing shoes that aren’t some type of running/walking shoes. My feet tend to hurt after an hour or so.


#8

Cole Haan. Great mix of shoes from sporty to dressy.


#9

[quote]RATTLEHEAD wrote:
Fuck, do yanks not just call all sport shoes trainers lol?[/quote]
In the south they’re tennis shoes and in the north they’re sneakers.

I just thought it was funny how that sentence seemed more packed than normal with things that we use a different word (or spelling) for lol.


#10

I have a pair of black nappa leather driving shoes, and a pair of dark grey venetian-style loafers. Those have both worked well to cross between levels of formality.

Basically these:
http://s7d2.scene7.com/is/image/DSWShoes/237696_410_ss_01?scl=3.1380753138075312&qlt=70&fmt=jpeg&wid=478&hei=359&op_sharpen=1

The second in dark grey though.


#11

I call them gym shoes.

http://www4.uwm.edu/FLL/linguistics/dialect/staticmaps/q_73.html


#12

Barefoot
Flip-Flops
Sneakers


#13

[quote]Dr. Pangloss wrote:
I call them gym shoes.

http://www4.uwm.edu/FLL/linguistics/dialect/staticmaps/q_73.html[/quote]
lol wtf is this, there’s like one guy in the Outer Banks who calls them jumpers.


#14


#15

I’ve got legs today.

Better wear my plimsolls.


#16

[quote]csulli wrote:

[quote]RATTLEHEAD wrote:
Fuck, do yanks not just call all sport shoes trainers lol?[/quote]
In the south they’re tennis shoes and in the north they’re sneakers.

I just thought it was funny how that sentence seemed more packed than normal with things that we use a different word (or spelling) for lol.[/quote]

Shoes = not boots

Boots

That is the only type of shoes made. Everything is either a shoe or a boot. No trainers, no sneakers, no tennis shoes…we simiplify everything here in good old WV haha


#17

[quote]Dr. Pangloss wrote:
I call them gym shoes.

http://www4.uwm.edu/FLL/linguistics/dialect/staticmaps/q_73.html[/quote]

Damn you. Those maps are going to shut me down for the day at work.


#18

[quote]Dr. Pangloss wrote:
Cole Haan. Great mix of shoes from sporty to dressy.[/quote]

I was just about to recommend them.

These are also some of the most comfortable boots I have worn.

http://www.johnvarvatos.com/hipster-laceless-chukka/F507Q2B-A244B.html?dwvar_F507Q2B-A244B_color=002

http://www.johnvarvatos.com/leather-hipster-chukka/F505L4B-A7B.html?dwvar_F505L4B-A7B_color=001#start=1

http://www.johnvarvatos.com/leather-hipster-chukka/F505K4B-Q68B.html?dwvar_F505K4B-Q68B_color=204


#19

I’m sorry, but I can’t consider anything over 100 bucks casual.


#20

[quote]1 Man Island wrote:
I’m sorry, but I can’t consider anything over 100 bucks casual.[/quote]

I think that of the shoes I listed only 1 was over $100. However, I am only on my second pair since I was a freshman in highschool. The last ones lasted 9 years of fairly consistent wear.