20
Feb

Sneakers and Suits: No, thank you

Last week, Evolving Style mused about wearing sneakers with a casual suit, saying, “Done well, it just looks good.” (Yes, he said much more than that and wrote a follow-up, too. Go read both, as they’re the reason why I’m writing this post.) 

One may argue the look is “trendy”, “fashionable” or even “stylish” in the most broad sense of the term, but it doesn’t present a look of being well-dressed in a “classic” sense. And that’s my objection to the look.

I’m not entirely sure why people enjoy the sneakers and suit look. Perhaps these synthetic, rubber-soled, radioactive-neon tumors show their keen sense of rebelliousness and creativity — so eager to break rules! — where the contradiction is the appeal.

But I don’t share those values and it’s my preference to wear clothing where each item shares a similar level of formality and function. 

The visual effect of looking at a tailored suit and then ending at the sneaker is a jarring one. This comes from the inherent contradictory realms the pieces occupy. To be dressed well, all elements must work in concert, not in chaos. 

The simple fact is that sneakers are for athletics and sportswear — they’re a different class of clothing in terms of use and formality than what even the most casual of suits can occupy. The two should remain separate for their respective functions and never intersect. 

It should be understood that while sneakers are for casual wear, a casual suit is simply just a less-formal type of suit. This doesn’t diminish the suit’s importance and reason for being worn to that of a situation where casual athletic sportswear is appropriate. 

A casual suit requires a more casual shoe, however, not the most casual shoe. Bucks, saddle shoes, spectators, suede brogues and even the controversial loafer are appropriate for the casual suit. I feel this achieves a harmonious look and is best. 

I find the look a bit childish, like what a teenager or disaffected college student would do in a situation where they’re forced to wear a suit but hate the idea of dressing up. 

I like wearing the appropriate clothing for the situation. I see no personal need for fashionable rebellion. 

11
Dec
Kent Wang white sneakers — Unbranded, plain-white, simple sneakers for $95. Only available in sizes 7, 8, 9 (sizes 10+ coming next year).

Kent Wang white sneakers — Unbranded, plain-white, simple sneakers for $95. Only available in sizes 7, 8, 9 (sizes 10+ coming next year).

22
Jul
It’s on sale: Tretorn Nylite canvas sneakers — Only $27 plus free shipping at J.Crew with code LOVEIT.
I steadfastly refuse to wear sneakers, but I know that many other style bloggers love ‘em some Nylites. Pretty cheap deal and they seem to have a good amount of sizes left in stock.

It’s on sale: Tretorn Nylite canvas sneakers — Only $27 plus free shipping at J.Crew with code LOVEIT.

I steadfastly refuse to wear sneakers, but I know that many other style bloggers love ‘em some Nylites. Pretty cheap deal and they seem to have a good amount of sizes left in stock.

08
Jul

Pro-Keds x Mark McNairy on Sale

I’m not really one for low-profile sneakers (I only own one pair of sneakers that I exclusively use to exercise), but I know some of you would prefer to have a sleek-looking pair to wear casually during the summer. If that’s the case, then docbound found this great deal:

So I’m surprised no one in the menswear blogosphere caught this, but these Pro-Keds x Mark McNairy suede CVO’s are on sale from $100 to $49.95. Get on it.

FWIW, the non-suede, non-McNairy canvas CVOs are $45. So, for $5 more you can upgrade to some suede sneakers. Not a bad deal.

(via thedannymoon)

About The Silentist

A menswear blog on finding your personal style, written by Kiyoshi Martinez.

I work at Khaki's of Carmel and live in the Monterey Bay area. Formerly from Chicago.

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