I know you hate white sneakers on grown men. What do you recommend, then, for comfortable footwear for men over forty? Especially for those working on set?
Anonymous in LA
Dear Anonymous in LA,
It’s not that I hate white sneakers on men – some white sneakers are great: Jack Purcells, Chuck Taylors, K-Swiss (on the right person), these are all good. What I dislike is white sneakers on men with a lack of style guidance in their lives. This is not their fault. These are guys, mostly over forty, who do not have a good sounding board for their footwear decisions. I see this a lot in the grip and electric department, as well as in the locations and transpo department, and I just want to extend a friendly helping hand, so I thank you for your question.
The appropriate footwear for men over forty who want something as comfortable as a sneaker is … a sneaker!! Just not in white! You have a choice out there, brothers, and I encourage you to go with something in the brown/grey/black/silver/sporty range, rather than white. White sneakers on a grown man look out-of-place, like stilettos on a tweenager, or clogs on any male, or like combat boots on a grandma.
www.Zappos.com can help you – if you are afraid to shop in public, or if you don’t have time, you can always shop online at Zappos – they have free shipping, and free return shipping, if you don’t like your purchase. Further, they have a million styles to choose from. Here are some of their offerings that I would recommend:
If you are a large or hard-to-fit size, I would suggest Oddball Shoe Company, www.oddball.com, for sizes 13 – and up. FYI, New Balance is pretty well known for their larger size range, so Oddball is a good place to start!!
It’s not that I am against white sneakers on men over forty, it’s just that they need to be worn judiciously. White Jack Purcells with a seersucker suit: GOOD! White leather New Balance sneakers with light-washed jeans and shaker sweater: THINK AGAIN!
White sneakers will be a character piece for me, and not in a fashionable way, unless it’s the Jack Purcells with Seersucker way. I am just saying. If you are a man over forty, think about all the OTHER alternatives for footwear before investing in white leather sneakers. They are out of place on anyone who is not a twenty-something-year-old tennis instructor!!