Great… Another shoe article.

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Well, what do you expect?  From my previous blog about Crocs, I felt compelled to write another article about other what-not-to-wear shoes for men.  In any outfit, accessories such as shoes and watches can make or break a man’s look (or even a woman’s, but that’s another article).  This time, I’m going to rank on Tevas and Birkenstocks.

Now settle down, people.  I know what you’re thinking, and before you say anything, let me be the first to say it.  Unless you’re a tree hugger, a vegan environmentalist, a non-conformist, an outdoors-kind of guy, a software developer from Seattle, a broke college student, or really not fashion-oriented, you shouldn’t be wearing them.  And here are reasons why:

  1. FUGLY

    They really do look fugly.  I mean seriously, folks.  This is 2008!!!  There are many shoes to choose from, and I don’t care how you “think” these are comfortable, there are more shoes out there that fit better and look better.  The typical outfit that involves these shoes are a) cargo shorts with a tee or button down short sleeves, and if you’re a software developer, add in some wool socks to “match;” or b) jeans, tee and/or casual button down (short and long sleeve), and if you’re in college or just got out of college, include your alma mater hat.  And you expect people to respect you, let alone date you???

  2. CHEAP

    While I know they range in prices that can be “expensive” to some, the fact that they look cheap says enough.

  3. OUTDATED

    As stated in my first point, this is 2008, not 1993.  I wore Birks back when I was in junior high back in the 1990s, and believe me it was popular then – with everyone.  And now similar shoemakers are using the same formula to make different variations of these two shoes…  Um, hello?  Fashion faux pas!?!?

  4. LACK OF CLASS/STYLE

    You are what you wear.  Like I said before, if you were any of those kinds of people listed above, I don’t think you will qualify in this case.  BUT, if you’re not, then really you should be looking elsewhere for different styles of shoes.  If you were working for a company – let’s say a marketing firm – and you wore Tevas or Birks every single day, you may feel “comfortable” in them, but you certainly won’t look put together in them.  They don’t match, and they don’t “go.”  They actually need to go away.

I’m sure I can find more reasons, but you get the drift.  There are a plethora of choices out there to dress comfortably and dress in a fashionable way without looking like a dork.  Gentlemen, you can be comfortable AND look great at the same time!  But you need to be more aware of what really goes with your outfit and wardrobe than just tossing a bunch of clothes together to make your day.  If you have to, ask your female friends to help you out in that department.  I’m sure they would love to help, and I know that even the simplest of help will bring much fruit later on in life.

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Crocs: What a load of…

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Okay folks, I’m going to get down to the dirty dirty here.  One of the most recent fashion faux pas that I have continually seen is the amount of people wearing (and selling) Crocs.  One look at that thing and one would think that Crocs are, well, a load of crock.  Seriously.  I was at a local upscale mall this past week and stopped by RESTORATION HARDWARE and POTTERY BARN to check out the sales.  I noticed that a couple of sales associates who had cool outfits wore Crocs that “matched” their outfit.  I didn’t want to be rude, but in my mind I was crying in tears out of laughter as I walked by them.  I can understand that if you’re late for work, you’ll just take whatever shoe you find that is remotely in the same color of your outfit.  Fine.  We’ve all been there before, so it’s not a big deal.  But honestly, are Crocs THAT good enough to wear with anything?  Is it a shoe-for-all-outfit type?  Is it THAT comfortable than say, Hush Puppies?  Is it THAT sophisticated enough to wear for a “classier” retail establishment?  Hmmm….

So I did my own research a couple of months ago and, sad to say, tried out a few Crocs in a Hallmark store (yes they sell them at Hallmark!!) at an outlet mall in town to see what the fuss was all about.  Of course, they came out with any and every color and shade of the rainbow, including the almighty camo.  While I could see how one would think it was OK to get, it wasn’t at all attractive in any outfit (especially mine) nor comfortable after walking for a “long period” of time.  (My long period of time was walking in and out of the card aisles for a few minutes).  After my trial period ended, I found myself people watching in the mall, and to my surprise (OK, I wasn’t THAT surprised), I saw more guys wearing them, and guess what is the predominant color for them?  You got it.  Camo.

Now granted, budgets can also be a part of the reason why people buy this crap.  I would refute that argument and say that there are better choices for every budget that would actually make you LOOK better in the long term, and make you feel a bit more sophisticated than wearing Crocs.  For example, I bought a pair of black leather sandals from BANANA REPUBLIC Outlet for $15, and I love it.  It’s casual enough in look to wear with jeans and tee, button down shirt, or any combination, and “casual-formal” enough to wear a nice pair of herringbone slacks with a freshly pressed button down shirt.

And in the end, I don’t look like a load of crock wearing it.

WELCOME!

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As my first post, I want to welcome you to the Your Personal Shopping blog where I’ll be talking about men’s fashion and design, show good fashion tastes without being overboard, and provide a shopping service to those that lack necessary “fashion” acumen to do it themselves.  AND… I will have guest bloggers to discuss similar things as well!  I’m excited to get started and give advice to those who wish to heed them, so let’s get started…