Get some canvas Sperry boat shoes.
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.
Hey, who are you calling an old man?
Actually I quite agree with your assessment of the state of the shoes. The only shoes I found for the gym are brilliant blue (neon if you would) but they fit and support where I need them to. I do wear them with jeans at times so I guess I'm a dork.
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.
I've worn New Balance, Adidas, and Rebok in the past and they have several (non-neon) colors that can be worn for every-day wear. For this go-round I wanted a pair of cross-trainers that had something similar to running spikes on the sole and I ended up with Adidas brilliant blue shoes. Hey, they go with my gym bag.
Besides you're only as old as you feel.
I guess you could say I was calling myself an old man since I was the one seeking those type of shoes. My boys just got some new shoes and they chose blue ones; it was a bright royal blue color but it is difficult to make blue a neon color unless you stat getting closer to teal or other lighter blues.
-on a previous sneaker buying outing my son wanted black shoes with neon green soles. I told him they would look funny when he wears them with certain clothes. Of course my age and the fact that I have children automatically means that I am a flaming idiot and my advice should never be listened to. He chose the shoes with the neon green soles and many times after that I would argue with him because he didn't want to wear those shoes with what he was wearing. The blue shoes although sort of bright do look good with jeans. These are what we got this time. We bought them to go sailing and they boys wear them often and they well enough with a pair of jeans. My old man sensibilities wouldn't allow my to wear anything brighter then something like this.
That's the same blue my new Adidas' are only I don't have the bright yellow on them. I was thinking about getting the neon green ones but as you say they don't go well with certain colors.
You cannot beat the Puma Roma.