Sports shoes

It was a rain-washed, downcast day on a July evening. I had just arrived at his Apartment complex and pinged him in advance, as I waited in the car. He was ready. I liked that about him – his punctuality, very in tune with mine. I watched him come out of his house towards me. A huge smile played on his face. He looked quite smart as well. We were going to a work colleague’s party who was celebrating his daughter’s first birthday. I had the gift with me, neatly wrapped. The gift was always my job, I wonder why. Not that I had much clue about what kids wanted. I spent all my time at my new job and was still a free bird, so to speak. I hope that the child would like the gift I had chosen. I had in turn entrusted the task to my sister.

And, then the smile on my face disappeared. Really? He had worn smart trousers and a complementing shirt with sports shoes. My jaw dropped. What happened to those delicious branded shoes , the leather beauties that he usually word. Or at least those classy casual shoes that went well with both casual and formal attire? This was just not working. I could not help but make him change his shoes. With a groan and a very vocal protest, he went back and changed his shoes. He did give me a cold shoulder for the entire journey, later.

But seriously, why did men do this? I have seen them going to work in this attire – trousers, formal shirt and sport shoes? Hey, that does not work. Sports shoes especially the wonderful kind that you get these days complement your casual attire really well. In fact, I love pairing mine with jeans especially if I have any walking to do. They are after all so comfortable and really good looking too. Hey, and they are so easy to maintain. I just machine wash mine after a few times. Come rain or hail, they are sturdy and easy to wear. Yet, one cannot team them with formal wear. Period!

His mood took a bit of lightening up later. Nothing that a few jokes could not cure. πŸ™‚

Do you wear casual/sports shoes regularly?

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22 Thoughts on “Sports shoes for regular wear

  1. Sports shoes are so comfy and yet we cannot wear them everywhere, when will style and comfort go hand in hand?
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  2. Nothing is more comfortable to wear than a sports shoe. Feet remain most relaxed in a well fit sports shoe. With so many designs and varieties available these days I do wear them sometimes with my leggings and kurtis too & of course they are best teamed up with jeans.
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  3. Very well written!
    I do wear sports shoes but never with formals..(a matter of my old fashioned mind set, a couple of days back I saw pictures of some style icons wearing them with swanky formals, but the idea somehow doesn’t appeal to me).

  4. I wear sports shoes only at gym or running or trekking, or else its my wedges that make me happy πŸ™‚ nice article πŸ™‚
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  5. Only when I need to walk a lot otherwise strapped beauties or wedges are my companion !
    Nice one Rachna πŸ™‚
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  6. I wear sports shoes during my regular evening walks. Otherwise, flats, wedges, stilettos…according to the occasion and outfit.
    Nicely done Rachna… πŸ™‚
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  7. I hardly wear sports shoes. Trekking shoes work best for me, even in office πŸ™‚

  8. oh yes these days the sports shoes are so good, you forgotten the pics i put of the shoes i bought a few months back .. I wear them with a suit sometimes .. its the new fashion


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  9. Sports shoes with formals are so uncool!! I love wearing sports shoes but then I also like my flats and heels, boots and mojris, crocs and kolhapuris too. πŸ™‚
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  10. Sports shoes are best for travel, but with formals? The idea doesn’t gel.
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  11. Agreed!!
    And, I’ve also seen men wearing it with kurta-pajamas…that is the absolute last straw!!
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