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 throughout the years, we will for sure see a lot of different styles. This year, we love sneakers and boots equally as much. Challenge yourself and go either full fashion-cycle with your 90’s sneakers or dare to try something totally different. Either way, 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.
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.
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!