Really? I've got to say, a man can never go wrong with loafers, but adidas bright white trainers?….. Wicked-cool jacket, though. Now THAT is a style sensation. :) http://fashionregardless.blogspot.com/
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I don't understand how so many can disparage the man's sneakers. They are nicely designed, and with a little blue in them, they provide the perfect compliment to the orange jacket. Orange is such a strong statement, and the casualness of the sneakers softens it. It's also a question of comfort. I like to mix my converse sneakers with my jackets, but a nice, clean pair of adidas would be even more comfortable and unexpectedly stylish.
I love the outfit, but the sneakers have the most character. To me it says this gentleman knows what he likes and doesn't sacrifice comfort OR style – just redefines it. I also get the sense that he is active and modern… all from the choice of footwear with this outfit.
Also, I totally agree that the blue foils the orange jacket very well! It looks like he might have a white handkerchief with blue and orange detail in his pocket… anyone else see that?
Glad you featured this because for me the Sartorialist was getting too 'Loafer-fied' and Bourgeois/refined. Big/sports trainers are also more and more popular recently a la 90s…check out New Power Studio etc…
I love his adidas shoes. I doubt this design is available in the States (I'm a girl, so I'm not sure about men's shoes). Comparatively, European footwear makers tend to design more casual and stylish sneakers, as opposed to the muscle shoes (just think adidas and PUMA vs. Nike). Partially, I think it's because Americans wear sneakers as sports gears rather than a fashion piece for walking around town. How many walking cities do we have in the US?!
This reminds me of a dear departed friend and mentor who rocked bright orange Adidas sneakers with hand tailored Japanese-inspired clothing. She wanted to be comfortable and look good and she always did.
Actually, after looking at this picture a second time, I actually think that espadrilles or loafers wouldn't have worked nearly as well. They are simply too common and staid, or at least too expected. The sneakers on the other hand, lend themselves nicely with both the touch of blue while also extending the white motif to his feet. They make him seem more laid back, young and fit than if he were wearing a more traditional shoe.
I *really hate* glompy sports shoes off the sports court. A slim pair of loafers, or even a pair of Wallabies for pete's sake, would have been so much better. On the other hand, the increasing years bring (sigh) annoying health problems, and he probably has foot pain. The practicalities of real life off the catwalk force compromises between our senses of style and the do-able.
Oooo no–people with runners on with anything other than a sports outfit is just so wrong. The mainstream American tourists have brought it to the world unfortunately. It started to happen in the 80s–people took them out of their context in such a non-artistic way. I am sure they do it for comfort for their aged feet but it just looks bad taste.
Surely there are other shoes that are just as comfortable?? If there isn't, someone should quickly make a good business plan for it. If you want to be cool or trendy or tasteful–runners are not it, IMHO.
Such a refeshing and classy break from the standard khaki or seersucker ensemble. The color is beautiful againts skin that has seen the sun but is not overly burnt. And the choice of footwear, well, lets just say that the kids don't have a monopoly on how "rock the sneaks"
I loved this look so much that I ended up putting some items together from our store to help our customers get his look. And I linked them all to your blog in my post! We happen to have an orange sport coat in the store right now and I just hadn't thought of putting it together this way! Check it out!
Gonna have to agree with Star and Liz S on this one. As athletic shoes go, these aren't bad…at least they're clean and continue the white motif. But even for comfort, there are many, many better options than what he's got on. A white pair of Converse sneaks woulda gone well, I think. Athletic shoes need to stay in the gym where they belong…they don't flatter anybody.
I wish more men would do this look…especially in america. one of my favorite parts of going to europe is seeing how men style their adidas. a good mix of casual-chic….this photo makes me think of kate moss in the 90's when she use to wear her adidas with dresses.