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Dear Kristin: What is White and What is Wrong?

No, No, No, and NO.

No, No, No, and NO.

Dear Kristin,

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

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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:

DC's grey skat sneaker

DC's grey skate sneaker

Timberland's Fastpack Actuate Low-top

Timberland's Fastpack Actuate Low-Top

Saloman Sport Amphibian 2

Salomon Sport Amphibian 2

North Face Men's Ultra 104 GTX XCR

North Face Men's Ultra 104 GTX XCR

Nike Bandolier 2

Nike Bandolier 2

Merrell Waterpro Maipro

Merrell Waterpro Maipro

Earth Rocket K Vegan

Earth Rocket K Vegan

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!

Seersucker suit worn properly with funky white sneakers.

Seersucker suit worn properly with funky white sneakers.

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!!

— KMB

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