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This ugly sneaker trend has to die

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Why does everyone wear sneakers daily? Am I the only that has to wear formal shoes to work?
And on weekends I rock the stokies or plakkies
It is audience-dependent but when I was in corporate, I even spoke in front of 1000+ people several times in sneakers, jeans, T-shirt/collared/'madiba style' shirt and sometimes a formal jacket. There are definitely times to pull out the italian suit and shoes of course, but not a daily occurence - serious events, being on TV/interviewed for MyBB etc. Most companies find this acceptable nowadays unless you're in financial services OR you're engaging with financial services companies/government. Now that I'm on my own, I see the majority of my clients in jeans, formal shirt and sneakers. They often become a talking point LOL
 

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unless you're in financial services OR you're engaging with financial services companies/government.
Why is it this way though?
 

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You sound like a world of fun to work with .

The programmers at my work all dress in either pink (not a girl), hip-hop, badly or like a surfer babe.
I am actually a real sport/jokester. I choose those clothes cause it makes dressing and washing really simple.
 

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It is audience-dependent but when I was in corporate, I even spoke in front of 1000+ people several times in sneakers, jeans, T-shirt/collared/'madiba style' shirt and sometimes a formal jacket. There are definitely times to pull out the italian suit and shoes of course, but not a daily occurence - serious events, being on TV/interviewed for MyBB etc. Most companies find this acceptable nowadays unless you're in financial services OR you're engaging with financial services companies/government. Now that I'm on my own, I see the majority of my clients in jeans, formal shirt and sneakers. They often become a talking point LOL
Fair point, suppose it depends on the culture at work, you get the "by the books" corporates (like mine) and then you get some easy going ones. Fridays is jeans and sneakers (unless I have meetings) and every other work day unofficially requires formal, well some people wear jeans but with formal tops and shoes. I actually find it easier to dress for work, chinos and a collared shirt, no thought required on what to wear each morning
 
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Formal clothes are expensive, unnecessary and uncomfortable....It makes no sense...And if you want to say that it gives some kind of impression to dress formally then you need to go back to the stone age...You can see the way work culture is shifting so get with the times
 

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Formal clothes are expensive, unnecessary and uncomfortable....It makes no sense...And if you want to say that it gives some kind of impression to dress formally then you need to go back to the stone age...You can see the way work culture is shifting so get with the times
It makes sense to dress neatly when meeting the CEO or trying to sell a multi million rand system to a client (perceptions are everything) and in some jobs, looking professional and acting professional go hand in hand.

Still, we have a family friend who pitched up to a client to sell them insurance for millions of Rand in an old ass Hyundai, but the competitor to her pitched up in a Ferrari 360.

The client went with our family friend because no client wants to see their money being wasted on extravagant things.

Perceptions.
 

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I wear sandals these days. Used to be hushpuppies but damaged ppl are allowed to be a bit sloppy. Maybe next year this time I'll finally be back to semi-formal.
 

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Even if you are not dressing formally, you can't show up looking like a tramp though
 

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Formal clothes are expensive, unnecessary and uncomfortable....It makes no sense...And if you want to say that it gives some kind of impression to dress formally then you need to go back to the stone age...You can see the way work culture is shifting so get with the times
They're not expensive if you buy quality on special. I won't pay R1k for a shirt, but I wait for the Woolworths specials and get R250-R1000 shirts for 20-50% off. Bought very nice suite pants (1x navy & 1x grey) for ~R300 each , these were ~R600 each at normal pricing. Bought a nice semi casual jacket today for ~R600 whcih was down from ~R1k. I think the general thinking is if you look/smell good & talk well, you must be doing something right with your work. Almost all sales / business deals are make on emotions / memories.

Generally, this is how I go onsite / to meetings, unless I have to get some manual labour done: (if you know me personally you'll know I'm a jeans / tshirt / vest / skate shoes guy, but there is a time and place formost things in life)




 

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So are Crocs, but you don’t see us wanting to wear them either.

If you want to wear Crocs for comfort, go ahead.
Why should what anyone else thinks of you matter ?

All these people hating on sneakers make no sense, calling it a waste of money when it isn't your money?
People place value in different items/things, you(Not just you, everyone in the thread) likely have a hobby(Pc parts, drinking, cars, bikes etc etc ) which other people would call stupid and a 'waste' money.


I will agree that some sneakers are fucking hideous and overpriced, but if somebody else likes it, why does that matter to me ?




And just to add, fanny packs and sling bags are dumb, TILL i used one in the week i was in taiwan for computex and omg it is great having everything in one spot
 

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They're not expensive if you buy quality on special. I won't pay R1k for a shirt, but I wait for the Woolworths specials and get R250-R1000 shirts for 20-50% off. Bought very nice suite pants (1x navy & 1x grey) for ~R300 each , these were ~R600 each at normal pricing. Bought a nice semi casual jacket today for ~R600 whcih was down from ~R1k. I think the general thinking is if you look/smell good & talk well, you must be doing something right with your work. Almost all sales / business deals are make on emotions / memories.

Generally, this is how I go onsite / to meetings, unless I have to get some manual labour done: (if you know me personally you'll know I'm a jeans / tshirt / vest / skate shoes guy, but there is a time and place formost things in life)





Just to add, anyone wanting to expand work clothing should try H&M, they have very well priced items :)
When i used to dress smart for work i got all my stuff from H&M
 

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Just to add, anyone wanting to expand work clothing should try H&M, they have very well priced items :)
When i used to dress smart for work i got all my stuff from H&M
Never found their quality to be great but havn't REALLY looked at their stuff. Im super happy with the quality and pricing at Woolworths.
 

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Never found their quality to be great but havn't REALLY looked at their stuff. Im super happy with the quality and pricing at Woolworths.
H & M is meant to be cheap and last 6 months, max.
 

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