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Running Shoes Can be Stylish

For the longest time, I didn’t have any interest in both sneakers and running shoes. My tune is starting to change on that stance. I still absolutely love my loafers, and that probably will never change, but I’ve recently started expanding my horizons.

For context, here’s a quick backstory. My wife and I planned a vacation with our kids, where lots and lots of walking is involved. Prior to the trip, I knew that there’s no way I could wear loafers walking around all day. I have flat feet that need support, so my current shoe lineup didn’t cut it. I needed to invest in a pair of running shoes, which I was dreading.

Most running shoes look pretty awful. But their purpose is for running, not for style. So it’s understandable. But that wasn’t good enough for me. I couldn’t stray far from my roots in knowing that I just can’t ignore the style. I needed form and function.

I spent a lot of time researching options for my feet, and just wasn’t happy with what I was seeing. I then started to dig into Nike’s collection of running shoes, and this opened up a whole new world for me.

There was hope! I ended up settling on Nike’s Free RN Flyknit. They seem to provide good comfort/support, and they look downright cool as hell.

While I’m still not a “wear sneakers everyday” kinda guy, it’s nice to know there are options for good looking shoes for the days that will be demanding to my feet. Running shoes aren’t always for runners, and some people have to be on their feet all day.

I’m coming around more and more to the style of sneakers. And it’s good to know there is hope out there in the style arena for running shoes.

My 2016 Style Goals

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We recently talked about setting style goals, and after writing that, I took a little time to think of my own style goals for 2016. So I thought I’d share them with you.

Discover new brands
In 2015, I think I made some pretty good purchases to expand my wardrobe, but I didn’t go a good enough job and branching out past the brands I’m used to. This is partly due to the tons of sales there always are with the bigger name brands. I want to get away from that a bit and start checking out smaller brands that aren’t as widely known.

Find new ways to wear sneakers
I’ve never been a huge sneaker guy, but I do own a few pairs that I’ll wear every so often. I want to challenge myself in finding different and unique ways I can work sneakers into my outfits. Especially since I have my eye on another pair or two to add to my footwear lineup. Hopefully my loafers don’t take it personally.

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Refine my closet
I’ve done a pretty decent job and getting rid of clothes that I rarely wear. But I can certainly do better. While eventually I want a large closet with lots of options, I don’t want a bloated closet. I need to do a second take on my clothing selection and purge down further, even for items that I really like but don’t wear as often as I should. If it’s not in a regular rotation, it shouldn’t be taking up space.

Focus on quality over quantity
This piggybacks off of the previous goal. Moving forward I’d like to start shifting focus to buying higher quality items. This does not mean luxury items. It just mean looking at items that aren’t cheaply constructed, and built to last. Focusing on quality will also help me reduce the urge to impulse buy, since sometimes it’s tough to resist a good sale.

While these goals are certainly ongoing goals, and not limited to one year, I hope to accomplish these and add even more goals for myself as the year progresses. I’ll review these goals on the site later on in the year, and I’ll also be posting my new purchases on Instagram, so follow me there too.

3 Outfits, 3 Price Points

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We thought it would be a fun exercise to choose a few different price points and challenge ourselves to put together outfits at each of those budgets. And these are our results. It’s worth nothing that some of these items we chose are full price, while others can be had on sale. But we hope this serves as inspiration on what you can do with different price points.

Wearing Sneakers With Style

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I love casual clothes. Hoodies and jeans are my jam. It’s almost become a game for me to see how casual I can go while maintaining stylishly appropriate attire for the event. Wearing the right sneakers with the right outfit occasionally helps me achieve this. There’s a bit of an art to wearing sneakers in a manner such that you still look like a stylish guy. We’re going to go through the various “categories” of sneaker and offer a few suggestions on how you can wear them well.

-Marvin