Steve Jobs announced the iPad today. He was wearing Dad Jeans and...sneakers. Generic "cross-trainer" athletic shoes. "Trainers," as they call them across the pond. This image, thanks to Engadget:
Look, I can't stop you from wearing Dad Jeans to the grocery store. I know you're going to do it no matter what I say here. I see you do it every time I go to the grocery store. There are dozens of you. Sometimes, you don't even wear Dad Jeans with your trainers--you just wear sweatpants. Fine. Wear sweatpants. I'm sure you won't meet your soulmate at the grocery store. (Definitely not if you're wearing sweatpants.)
But. Please do not wear trainers anywhere but the gym. You are so much more thoughtful than that. I just know it.
You don't have to wear cap-toes. They can even be $40 Chuck Taylors, which are half the price as your trainers and will last longer. In fact, I actively endorse white Chuck Taylor low-tops as a go-to knockabout shoe for blue jeans. They have a nice foot-lengthening effect, and the blues coordinate.
Go to the DSW or the department store or wherever and get you some Steve Madden casual shoes. They're comfortable. I promise. They're stylish. Take the step. Don't look back. And save the trainers for the company softball game.