What are "dress shoes"? My 2nd most comfortable shoes are my AE saddles, with custom orthotics--as good as my running shoes. After that I would rate my AE Fultons. I have a couple other AEs that are extraordinarily comfortable. But all these shoes have rubber soles, so I'd be reluctant to call them "dress shoes". My "dress shoes" are black and have leather soles. I would rate the shoes I've listed above as casual to dressy-casual, and extremely comfortable.
My most comfortable shoes are a pair of soft, gum soled loafers. I can hardly tell that they are there.
+1From a purely comfort standpoint, I like New Balance 992s. They last for a long, long, time. Oh, and they're made in the USA. Can't beat that. But they are rather expensive and they can look silly on my huge feet.
I rarely wear them in situations other than for exercise, preferring dress shoes for their styling. But comfort? 992s win every day.
I met my friends for a couple of beers and we had a big discussion about shoes. I was wearing a pair of aldens and my friends both had athletic shoes on. I was made fun of (in a friendly manner, ofcourse) for wearing aldens to a pub, but we digress ...
Both my friends strongly expressed the opinion that given a choice, they would wear athletic shoes all the time. Mind you, these two are guys that wear a suit atleast 3 days a week and have properly fitting AEs on their feet while they are at work. They are not newbies with leather shoes either, they have worn proper dress shoes for years now.
I have always felt that my feet were more comfortable in my aldens for non-athletic activities. I do own athletic shoes and they get worn I am exercising or running or playing. I used to have them on all the time when I was in grad school (not too long ago) but ever since I found alden, that habit changed.
I was wondering what members at AAAC felt about this. Leave aside "trad", leave aside the right/wrong aspect of wearing athletic shoes to work and leave aside the monetary aspect associated with dress vs athletic shoes. From purely a comfort viewpoint, given a choice, what would you wear most of the time: a pair of dress shoes or a pair of athletic shoes? Why?
I apologise if this has come up before ...
I chose dress shoes, when in reality my choice is loafers. They are my go to and I have to make a conscious decision to not wear loafers. I love my PAs, but there is something about my loafers.
Thus, when simply traversing long distances in heat and high humidity, dressing local only makes sense. I’ll leave aside the wearing of longyi (sarong) and velvet slippers, even for formal wear, in places like Myanmar.