Good looking, tough, comfortable shoes
September 23, 2013 11:14 AM Subscribe
I have a job that calls for a very particular combination of attributes in (men's) shoes, and I'd like any recommendations you all can give me on pairs to try.
posted by primethyme to clothing, beauty, & fashion (18 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
Most of my job is in an office, and all of my previous jobs have been office-bound. I typically wear Allen Edmonds and similar dress shoes to work, and they're great. But I have a new set of responsibilities which make those shoes less appropriate.
I now sometimes need to be at events that have me standing and walking effectively all day long. So I need shoes that are extremely comfortable for long days of standing and walking on various surfaces. The events are sometimes indoors and sometimes outdoors, so the shoes need to be able to handle occasional water, mud, etc. They need to be durable enough that they won't be destroyed if someone steps on my toes or I scuff them (though I don't need or want steel toed boots).
Finally, and this is the one that I have found makes all the other stuff difficult, they need to look reasonably dressy because on those same days I'm often meeting with important clients. I can't be wearing work boots, clogs, athletic shoes or anything like that. They don't need to be as dressy as my office shoes, but they should look like "business shoes." Maybe a very nice boot would be ok, but I'm not sure.
Cost is pretty much no object if the shoes are really perfect.