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  • hilltopper
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    If I'm walking 2 miles to work each day there is no way I'd wear my good shoes on the street. Toss on some Chucks and go with the hipster look. I only caution you because your going to scuff them up bad to and from work and when you get there it'll look like your feet were mauled by a tiger. Better to look a bit off when going to and from work than looking like you were to lazy to polish your shoes before going to work. The commute is only a few minutes but 8 hours of scuffed shoes is a long time.

    If you do wear sneakers just don't wear some goofy Nike shoe. Go with Chucks or some variation so you can cut down on the cringe factor if you pass Tommy Ton or some style forum member.

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  • threadblazer
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    i also second the rockports suggestion. i just got back from a business trip where all i wore was the rockports. in all reality, they look just fine, and they're comfy - basically just like sneakers. check out their dress sport line


    http://www.zappos.com/rockport-dressports [i picked up a pair for under $100 at a rockport factory outlet store]

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  • splitplug
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    I would do sneakers. No one besides people on forums will care how you look, and when you get into the office, change into your expensive whatevers. A pair of plain white sneakers will look fine with anything sitting on the subway/train/running in the rain.

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  • Acousticfoodie
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    @mrusso: You may want to invest in topy for your shoes then? it's 20-25 bucks for a thin rubber sheet under your leather soles that can be replaced when its worn out.

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  • LosRockets
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    Serious answer, I agree with the rockports. I've found them to be pretty comfortable for walks such as this and not look bad doing so. Wouldn't do sneakers. Anything from the Cole Haan Air line, as someone mentioned, would also work and could also be something you wear at work.

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  • shad0w4life
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    I second a pair of rockports, mine have held up with daily wear for 3 years, the one looks brand new almost...other is wrinkled bad. Never used shoe trees on them though.

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  • mrusso27
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    I would definitely not wear sneakers as I hate this look and I would never live it down in the office if I ran into a coworker. Also I have this distance of a walk primarily because I would rather walk in the morning provided that the weather permits doing so.


    And yes, I was planning to change my shoes at the office. Thanks for the suggestions so far.

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  • MikeAD91
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    I've got shoes from Clark's Unstructured line that are what I use when I don't want to wear sneakers / hikers but need to do a lot of walking (airports, business trips, etc). They have a rubber sole that is pretty comfortable, enough support, and should look ok to anyone who takes a quick glance as you're walking down the sidewalk. I've spent all day on my feet on occasion, walked far more than 2 miles, with no complaints. They've held up pretty well, so they should last long enough for you to get your money's worth.

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  • AJ25
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    Oh yeah definitely change at the office. There is no one in the history of mankind who can make the sneakers with dress clothes look work for them. I equate it with the fanny pack in terms of a style faux pas.


    Is there really no bus or anything that can save you the 2 mile walk?

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  • greg_s
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    Even with beater dress shoes I'd still change after the commute...

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  • trash
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    Haha, ok, you win that point. I see it all the time but I guess it does look pretty silly.

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  • AJ25
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    Ugh please no! Just buy some beater dress shoes with rubber soles. It is worth the investment to save you the embarrassment of wearing sneakers with nice clothes.

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  • trash
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    Could you wear sneakers and change into your dress shoes at work?

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  • bremersm
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    When I think comfortable dress shoes I always think of Rockport.

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  • nicholascrawford
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    They don't get much attention, but I think the Cole Haan Air Coltons would be a good play here. They've got Nike soles/heels that would make walking long distances more comfortable.

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