Weigh the Pros and Cons

Today was one of those perfect New York City Sundays.  After I woke up late, I had brunch with friends and enjoyed the beautiful weather while walking down The Highline.  Not surprisingly it was very crowded, but that’s OK because I got a lot of people watching accomplished.  Everywhere I go I observe a lot of men from all walks of life wearing…


I have to say, these shoes are a bit of an enigma to me.  I read an article about these popular kicks that said 60% of all Americans own or have owned a pair of “Chuck Taylors” as they are lovingly called, in their lifetime.  Personally, I never owned pair and can say with much confidence I never will.  I know so many men who swear by them and I never understood why.  I am scared to even write this but I find them so unattractive.    There is something about them Americans love.   As every man has the right to express his individuality, there just have to be some guidelines.  Please do not be caught dead wearing Converse sneakers in anything other than work out gear or jeans.  One of my biggest pet peeves is when I see men in tuxedos at their weddings wearing Converse sneakers.  When did that become allowed or even cute for that matter?  It seems that Converse sneakers are not only here to stay, but are becoming as much a symbol of American culture as tailgate parties, Black Friday, and apple pie.  The “All Star Chuck Taylor Converse Sneakers” are unisex, come in several different shapes, colors, and are appropriate for all ages.  I suppose this is why they have stood the test of time.  If you are going to wear them; good luck.  All the same, before you decide to incorporate Chuck Taylors into your wardrobe, weigh the pros and cons.

7 comments on “Weigh the Pros and Cons

  1. Dashing Haberdasher says:

    Thanks for the advice! You’re like a men’s fashion fairy godmother.

  2. danielp204 says:

    I absolutely agree with this article. I never liked the shoes myself. I have seen on two occasions of these so called “men” wearing converse sneakers to their own or to someone else wedding. I call them children, no matter how old they may be.

    • Hello Danielp204 and welcome. All I can say is, “I KNOW!” I do not know how this trend got started. There is a time and a place for Converse sneaks and at a wedding is not it. I am glad I am not the only one who feels this way. Thanks for the feedback.


  3. shoesmaketheman says:

    Totally agree. I don’t see the appeal of going back to the same design shoes that were seen as the poor boy’s sneaker when I went to school. They’re only marginally ahead of Dunlop Volleys. And as far as wearing them with formal attire? Fashion police should be armed.
    I’m enjoying the blog so far. You have similar views to me when it comes to supposedly popular trends.
    I have my own fashion flippancies over here in Australia, and of course, I’ve also started a blog to complain about them or show them off.

    • A huge warm welcome to my first reader from down under. Thank you so much for your comment and I am thrilled you are enjoying my blog. I have to admit I had no idea what Dunlop Volleys were. Now after researching them I can agree with what you wrote. I enjoyed your blog as well and plan to continue reading. Your comments are welcome anytime Shoesmaketheman.


  4. […] You know how I feel about funky sneakers with suits so do not even get me started.  It is time to put your grown up shoes on. (Please see  my September 17th Post, “Weighing the Pros and Cons”) […]

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