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...
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.
Shane--Are these the ECCO Golf shoes?
Those are in fact ECCO golf shoes. After some scouring, I found the model on Amazon:
...although I would think that the mock cleats on the bottom would be uncomfortable for everyday wear on pavement.
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.
I think tennis shoes can go with jeans but they are hard to find.
No neon white shoes.
No neon orange, green, yellow
No black shoes
You want something basic and toned down. Think gray with a bit of blue or black.
The problem is they don't really make a lot of these type of "old man" sneakers as I call them. Everything I see in stores screams "LOOK AT ME RIGHT NOW DAMMIT!" This makes you look like a giant goofball when you wear them with jeans or anything else in my opinion but especially with jeans.
Kindly allow me to withdraw my "dorky" comment. To rephrase, I am looking for a non-bulky, non-running shoe, non-cross trainer casual "sneaker" to wear with jeans and a sweatshirt. Something that is comfortable but not as "sloppy" (probably catch grief for that one now) as a Vans type or Converse style shoe. Plus, I'm middle age and these are a bit young for me. I want to be able to walk in the grass, climb on rocks, or maybe even shoot some hoops with my son without worrying about scratching or staining my shoes. Lots of good ideas out there and I appreciate the input from dorks and non-dorks alike!
I love my Sambas and they look good with jeans.