I was recently hanging out with a dear friend of mine when it dawned on him: I’m turning 30 next year, can I still walk around wearing Vans?
Obviously, this opened up a huge debate in the group. Was it acceptable to still be wearing a pair of old tennis shoes? Were there certain situations where a 30 year old man could wear sneakers? What was the point in this debate as you should just wear what you want?
Whilst that’s definitely true; a discussion about what shoes are appropriate for men isn’t all that easy.
What shoes should a 30 year old man own?
If you take a look at menswear fashion for 2019 sneakers will always dominate the trends. And this year, it’s even cool to have ugly ‘dad sneakers’ so if you’re in your 30s and managed to go full fashion-cycle with your 90’s sneakers, you’re a winner!
Of course, whatever your age it’s acceptable to wear your sneakers. With the rise of uber-casual tech companies and dress-down-days all week, wearing sneakers to work is perfectly acceptable for most of us. I think it’s just about being sensible about your outfit decisions; wear bold sneakers with a pair of dark denim jeans to the office and loose-fitting 501’s with a vintage shirt on the weekend. It’s as simple as that. However, I would suggest you let go of the logocentric t-shirts and zip-up hoodies in combination with a pair of sneakers.
If you’re searching for casual shoes for men in their 30s, sneakers aren’t your only option. At first thought, brogues might seem a bit formal to hang out with your friends, but it’s all about how you wear them. A pair of slim-fit jeans (distressed for an extra casual feel) look good with brogues. Depending on your style, you could roll up the hems, put on a funky pair of socks or just wear the look with a t-shirt and bomber. Simple, casual. Brogues often have a colorful detailing, such as a red sole or laces. They're fun and definitely a pair of shoes for a man in their 30s.
By choosing suede over leather it instantly makes the shoes seem more casual. Yes, okay, suede is a more risky choice if you’re unlucky enough to live one of America’s wetter states but it opening up your options for casual men’s shoes.
- Macy's$89.99Men's Suede Oxfords, Created for Macy's Men's Shoes7 7.5 8 8.5 9 9.5 10 10.5 11 11.5 12 13More details
- Saks Fifth Avenue$595.00Church's
Men's Prenton Suede Chelsea Boots - - Size 8.5 UK (9.5 US)7 UK (8 US) 7.5 UK (8.5 US) 8.5 UK (9.5 US) 9 UK (10 US) 10 UK (11 US) 10.5 UK (11.5 US) 12 UK (13 US)More details
I also don't think enough men are wearing ankle boots! If you'd rather not walk around a bar in an expensive bar of suede boots then a leather pair of Chelsea boots are equally as cool.
Men's Novo Chelsea Boot7US / 6UK 8.5US / 7.5UK 8US / 7UK 9.5US / 8.5UK 9US / 8UK 10.5US / 9.5UK 10US / 9UK 11US / 10UK 13US / 12UKMore details
- Nordstrom$184.95Blundstone Footwear
Men's Blundstone Original Series Chelsea Boot8 M 8.5 M 9.5 M 10 M 10.5 M 11 M 12 MMore details
$198.00Rodd & Gunn
Men's Murphy's Road Chelsea Boot8US / 41EU 10US / 43EU 12US / 45EU 13US / 46EU 14US / 47EUMore details
You don't have to wear a pair of ankle boots with skinny jeans
- chinos and a casual ribbed sweater
- black denim shorts and a loose fitting tropical shirt
- jumpsuit for men - uber trendy
Dr. Marten's. My all-time favorite style of shoe. They might seem a little clunky and heavy for the summer, but the Derby shoes go with every outfit. It doesn't matter your age, I would say a pair of DM's is a must-have shoe for your wardrobe.
If you are hoping for more of a summer shoe to swap with your sneakers: espadrilles are your answer. These shoes are having a comeback moment. The light weight, comfortable and practical shoe will definitely get you through your summer holiday. For a more business casual look pair your espadrilles with some chinos and a simple tee.
I must admit, espadrilles are not my favorite. Personally, if you're looking for a lightweight summer shoe i'd go full circle and just suggest you buy a new pair of... sneakers. I know that we were exploring other options but there is definitely a mature way to wear a pair of sneakers. It's time to put the #logomania to one side and find yourself a dark pair of tennis shoes. Or even a pair of sneakers in disguise: pick yourself a leather pair of tennis shoes or something similar which is still as comfortable. Here are my favorite suggestions.
What do you think? Are you a 30 year old man, would you agree? Have I missed a pair of shoes off? Let me know in the comments!