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Old 05-16-2012, 08:00 PM   #1
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Shopping for sneakers nowadays

Does anyone find it frustrating shopping for sneakers now? The material they use now has that open mesh look. It looks like skin that has exfoliated to a gross degree. They look terrible when worn with casual street clothes. Gimme yesterday when there were cool looking running shoes that looked good with casual wear.

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Old 05-16-2012, 08:05 PM   #2
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I haven't bought sneakers in years but I think what would put me off today is the price, even for crappy ones.

And, you know what Caslon, I think "sneakers" aren't made any more. At least what I came to know them to be. Now everything has to be specialized and have gel and air, etc.

Hope you find what makes you happy. I have a feeling it's going to be quite a search.
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Old 05-16-2012, 08:13 PM   #3
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Give me a pair of good ole white Keds!
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Old 05-16-2012, 08:37 PM   #4
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I don't wear them. Too expensive and not very attractive. I prefer casual leather shoes. As I have successfully rid myself of the evil addiction to excercise, I no longer need them.
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Old 05-16-2012, 08:50 PM   #5
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Does anyone find it frustrating shopping for sneakers now? The material they use now has that open mesh look. It looks like skin that has exfoliated to a gross degree. They look terrible when worn with casual street clothes. Gimme yesterday when there were cool looking running shoes that looked good with casual wear.
I think that's the "gangsta" influence. They probably look just perfect with baggy clothes, backwards baseball cap, and shorts or pants top almost down to the knees. Watch out! Don't wear the wrong color in the wrong neighborhood.

I look for the least flashy white running shoes I can find, cheap, for kick around wear where I don't care if they get damaged.

I wear nice Reebok leather top walking shoes for formal occasions, white. I never wear my Reeboks when there's any chance of damage until they're starting to wear out.

Mesh? Eeechhh!
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Old 05-16-2012, 08:51 PM   #6
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We've pretty much replaced our sneakers. DH and I both have a vast collection of Keens in multiple styles, mostly black. Most comfortable hybrid shoe/sandals ever! And they're waterproof and machine washable. We both wear them for work, for walking, and they're wonderful for vacations.

DH even wears his in winter, with socks, though I remind him that that is truly dorkish. He does keep multiple tennis shoes, and I have a pair of regular walking shoes I love.
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Old 05-16-2012, 10:10 PM   #7
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Hope you find what makes you happy. I have a feeling it's going to be quite a search.
At least nowadays, you can shop the net, buy with no shipping cost and return, at $5 a pop for return shipping. Not bad, I don't mind that cost. I'm still looking.

I bought a pair of "Orthoheel" running shoes that were kinda nice looking. I returned them because the shoes have a hard heel arch insert. I mean...it's like a billiard ball cut in half they put in the shoe at the arch. It didn't line up with my arch. lol.
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:22 PM   #8
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Hundred dollar sneakers - not that I buy them - are for the gym. I take classes so I buy cross trainers and they are only worn for that purpose.

Otherwise, I also don't wear sneakers for everyday; I have rain boots for torrential rain, and nice tied oxford-type shoes for a drizzle. Otherwise I wear real shoes.

Occasionally on a Sunday, if I'm wear very casual clothes, I'll wear plain black Reebox. But it's a very sporty look. I don't like it for the office.
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:37 PM   #9
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People "live" in sneakers and flipflops on the w. coast. I've never seen the mesh. I have a pair of leather skechers. Try Macys or Ross. I try them on, since they are a shoe staple for me.

http://www.skechers.com/
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Old 05-17-2012, 01:12 PM   #10
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The mesh stuff and super fancy ones are IMO for the "hoodz." Footwear varies widely according to social class. I can't imagine people wearing $200 basketball shoes to play basketball (although what do I know).

Walkers seem more appropriate for casual wear.
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