So, I'm seeing a lot of guys wearing running shoes with jeans and I think it looks dorky. So, what kind of athletic shoes, sneakers...are appropriate when casual loafers are too dressy? Any suggestions?

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I don't think any athletic shoes really work... there are lots of casual shoes though that are not as dressy as loafers. 

I had some Sketchers like these that worked for a wide range of needs. 

These days, my trusty 100 year old (sic) doc marten oxfords do as well. 


Save athletic shoes for when you are being athletic. 

Since I wear sneakers with jeans, I'm the wrong guy to ask (but at least I now know I'm dorky). Trying to imagine the scenario where loafers are too dressy, but maybe something like these boat shoes / oxfords fits the bill. http://www.payless.com/store/product/detail.jsp;jsessionid=29DA543C...

Chuck Taylor's are classic and can work with everything if you're bold enough to pull it off.  Do a search for "street shoes" and you'll find some casual shoes which aren't trainers.

Shane--this is exactly what I was thinking. The eccos are cool. Chuck Taylors are cool but a little too casual for what I'm thinking.

Tim--didn't mean to insult. It's a personal preference but jogging shoes/trainers I think are meant for jogging/training. "Sneakers" cover a wide horizon.

What could be more casual than sneakers and jeans? Really what are you going for here?

There are no "sneakers", there are tennis shoes, trainers, running shoes, basketball shoes, and probably others but "sneakers" is a generic term for all those types of shoes.

As to the dork-ness of this then most boys and a whole lot of men over the last several decades have been 'dorky' if wearing jeans and tennis shoes is considered dorky.

I wear cross trainers (brilliant blue) with jeans and shorts my last pair were white cross-trainers and the pair before that were grey, and before that black. I also wear cowboy boots with jeans, and work boots, and loafers, and boatshoes, and hikers, and casual shoes; hell I've also worn combat boots and high-top steel-toed boots with jeans when I still had them.

Basically wear what you want and to hell with what anyone else thinks, except plaid with stripes or polka-dots, etc. and coordinate colors please.

As to the dork-ness of this then most boys and a whole lot of men over the last several decades have been 'dorky' if wearing jeans and tennis shoes is considered dorky.

You are absolutely correct.

Shane--Are these the ECCO Golf shoes?

I don't know, I just google imaged "street shoes" and pulled up a pic of the style I was thinking of.

Those are in fact ECCO golf shoes.  After some scouring, I found the model on Amazon:

http://amzn.com/B005BUU7WK

...although I would think that the mock cleats on the bottom would be uncomfortable for everyday wear on pavement.

In my younger days I wore skate shoes a lot with jeans, they have a nice, clean look.
Vans and Sketchers brand. Now in middle age I stick with my trusty blucher mocs.

When are Casual Loafer too dressy?

Will give you an example of both form and function. I wear a pair of casual Sperry Penny Loafers but I think they are a bit too dressy when I'm wearing jeans and a sweatshirt and although they have a great rubber sole, they are not adequate for wearing in grass, going on a walk or doing any kind of outdoor activity. Need something with a little more support.

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