RogerP

Connoisseur
I was groomsman at a beach wedding way back in the day. I wore my best pair of dress shoes. They weren't ruined by spending 30 min. in the sand. I'd do the same today - just wear the shoes that best suited my outfit. If they need polishing afterwards, so be it. They will need polishing eventually anyway. I care for my shoes and boots, and I don't abuse them. But I don't baby them, either.
 

Sam H

Active Member with Corp. Privileges
I have a pair of very low profile bit loafers I wear as beaters. Low profile as in barely a heel, very casual, soft leather. Sort of a boat shoe that’s a bit loafer instead. They aren’t ideal beach day shoes but they are great vacation shoes I’ve ended up wearing on the beach many times. It’s probably awful for them but they still are going strong, although I had to really heavily moisturize them to stop some cracking early this spring and I got them resoled once or twice. I’ve had them for maybe 4 or 5 years. Anyway, a shoe like that would be a good bet for a beach wedding. It’s dressy in a casual, deconstructed way, you don’t baby it, it’s not at odds with the surroundings you put it in. Really, any kind of soft leather loafer at a price that doesn’t make you over-protective would work best I think if you have to wear a “nice” shoe on the beach.
 

David J. Cooper

Super Member
I found that a lot of the parks walkways in Paris to be very hard on shoes. The worst was the Jardin du Tuilieres which was a very fine but gritty sand. It nearly ruined a pair of AE Wilberts that I have had for nearly a decade.

I was very surprised by this. The Jardin is just off the Place Concorde so in the heart of the 1st.
 

JLibourel

Honors Member and King Fop
This image comes to mind!

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We have previously discussed Nixon's notorious beach walk in this forum. The national myth is that he wore a blue (or blue pinstripe) suit and "hard shoes," sometimes described as "wingtips" for his beach stroll--evidence of how "uncool" or "clueless" Nixon was, in contrast to the casual elegance and effortless style of JFK.

If you look closely, however, you will see that Nixon's shoes have thick rubber soles and moccasin toes, and far from wearing a suit, he is sporting a zippered windbreaker along with an open-necked shirt. In other words, he was quite appropriately attired for a beach stroll. Nixon's beach walk should take its place in the national sartorial mythology along with the hat JFK didn't wear to his inauguration (in fact, he wore a topper) and Daniel Boone's coonskin cap (he actually despised them).
 

mhj

Senior Member
" evidence of how "uncool" or "clueless" Nixon was, in contrast to the casual elegance and effortless style of JFK. "

Of course, the media would never do anything like this today :)
 
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