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Old 06-04-2011, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Is this a popular thing for men and women?

Not something I usually do but I have noticed know some people have liked to do this intentionally with sneakers (tennis shoes) and boots (don't know about other shoes). I think it might be sometimes associated with teenagers and younger folks.
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Old 06-04-2011, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Fairfield, CT
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I like beat up and scruffed shoes with jeans for casual occasions. For formal dress, the pristine look is good, but for more casual occasions, I like my shoes to look as if they've been worn, used and enjoyed.
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Old 06-05-2011, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Retirementland
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I wear my six-year-old low-top Converse with pride. They've got character.
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Old 06-05-2011, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Never. I hate bedraggled, grungy-looking footwear. Broken in/non-brand new is fine. But beat to hell and falling apart just looks homeless.
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Old 06-05-2011, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Fairfield, CT
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I wear my six-year-old low-top Converse with pride. They've got character.
Yes. I love sneakers to look as if they've been used for their intended purpose, which is physical activity. I hate that pretty boy look where the sneakers HAVE to be pearly white. If they're new and still look very clean, that's fine, but sneakers get dirty long before they wear out, and that's no reason to stop wearing them.
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Old 06-05-2011, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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As a side note, I wonder if men or women do it more, or both genders like this style.

I think shoes people associate with men (certain boots etc.) are thought of as taking wear and looking better, seem than shoes associated with women (for example a heeled shoe or flats), but then again I noticed the intentional "used look" is mostly popular for sneakers and seems to be a thing for young folks of both genders in general.
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Old 06-05-2011, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Retirementland
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Yes. I love sneakers to look as if they've been used for their intended purpose, which is physical activity. I hate that pretty boy look where the sneakers HAVE to be pearly white. If they're new and still look very clean, that's fine, but sneakers get dirty long before they wear out, and that's no reason to stop wearing them.
There's a guy that I work with, his shoes always look disturbingly pristine. It bothers me.
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Old 06-05-2011, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Fairfield, CT
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There's a guy that I work with, his shoes always look disturbingly pristine. It bothers me.
I know what you mean. When I get new sneakers, I usually am very rough on them initially, so they quickly develop that worn/beaten look that sneakers are supposed to have.

For casual wear, I have a pair of old-style Puma suede shoes, and I've put quite a beating on them. I love them; they're super comfortable.
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Old 06-08-2011, 05:05 AM
 
Location: Fairfield, CT
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I was going for a walk last night and, long story short, I was forced to walk through mud. Luckily it wasn't too deep, but I got some on my shoes. I was wearing my blue suede Pumas and there was mud all over the soles and some on the suede upper part. I just let it dry out on its own, and it's pretty much gone now.
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Old 06-08-2011, 07:18 AM
 
Location: US
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Are you talking about old shoes or distressed shoes that are brand new?
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