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Spec me some smart casual shoes/trainers

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by bazzabear, Apr 22, 2019.

  1. Double07

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    Haha quality
     
  2. The Geezer

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  3. 200sols

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    Do people really need to ask for what shoes to buy now? :D
     
  4. bazzabear

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    Is it really completely unreasonable to ask for recommendations for what people have found comfy? So unreasonable that it's worth posting about how laughable an idea it is?

    Just to help us all out, can you share the exact dividing line between what products owner reviews are relevant for, and what they aren't? It'd be nice to have the info so I can avoid such an embarrassing mistake in future.
     
  5. MikeTheNative

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    Majority of trainers, especially any 'sporty' looking ones don't come under smart casual for me. Most you could get away with is a black pair of converse and then I wouldn't wear it with trousers only jeans and maybe chinos.
     
  6. Tauren

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    Get some Vans of some description. :) the colours are often very muted / darker.

    Edit. But yeah. Trainers don’t go with trousers imo.
     
  7. ak22

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    check out lacoste
     
  8. bazzabear

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    I dunno if I'm giving the wrong impression with the word 'trainers', but I don't know what else to call them.

    Look at the Merrell's I linked to - which I would call trainers but are a suede finish smart casual piece of footwear. I'm definitely not looking for Adidas/Reebok/Nike type footwear.
     
  9. Building Candy

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  10. ttaskmaster

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    They're basically Boondockers, which themselves were based on WW2 American issue Roughouts. I have worn the latter and can attest to their lightweight casual aspects, but you can also tart them up to be as smart as you like.
     
  11. Quartz

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    Just bite the bullet and get yourself a pair of Oxfords or brogues.
     
  12. StoutMeister

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    Had a good long think about this, did some research for you, and found these beauties:

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    Very trendy right now, classy yet casual and brimming with ethnickness.

    And then, the other option being the timeless and classic Kickers:

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  13. ttaskmaster

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    Oxfords, not brogues!! ;)
     
  14. Minusorange

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    Trainers are one of the few things you should actually try before you buy so there's little point asking for opinions
     
  15. Double07

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    I think the point of asking is to get some ideas that they may not otherwise have thought of, and THEN try them on, etc. You know, like how fashion works.
     
  16. Minusorange

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    Only if you're blind and can't look for yourself :rolleyes:
     
  17. Double07

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    Im awful at looking at stuff and then I try it on and I think, oh wait that actually looks half decent on me. Not everyone has that 'eye' as it were. I dont. Stick it on me and with a mirror I can judge what looks OK and what doesn't, on a rack I've not got a clue.

    Are you great at everything you lend your hand to? Either the answer is no, and you need a helping hand. Or you answer Yes and then you're a ****.
     
  18. Cleisthenes

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    Boondockers look completely different to me.

    You can get desert boots or chuka boots which are similar to the boondockers but the Clarks variants are a lot simpler
     
  19. Hades

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    It depends how smart/casual you want to be and how many hours you will need to wear them. Desert boots / chukkas are a good option, as are brogue derby's.

    If going for trainers then a plain colour leather trainer would be best. But that wpuld also be more on the casual side than chukkas or brogues.
     
  20. Minusorange

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    Buying trainers is a simple process

    Do they look nice ? Try them on
    Do they feel comfy ? Check price
    Is the price okay ? Buy them, if not revert back to "do they look nice" with a new pair, rinse & repeat

    If you need help buying trainers then I don't know what to say