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.

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.

Okay so it is not too dressy it is an issue of not dressed for the occasion, now I understand.

For support you may just need to change your insole. That should cover going for a walk.

As to out door activities you may need lace up sport shoes for the activity.

   

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