Newsflash: Sneakers are in right now. In case the masses of street style goddesses marching the boulevards in their lace-up Dior kicks hadn't already convinced you, it's true: sneakers are indeed in. But one has to question whether or not they are really universally appropriate?
Our mother's wisdom would tell us that no, there are some occassions when you simply cannot wear sneakers, no matter how trendy they might be. And as it turns out, our mums are probably right. A bit of extensive research into the matter reveals that yes, there are places you shouldn't be wearing your beloved sneaks.
Keep scrolling for nine places you shouldn't be wearing your sneakers, as well as suggestions for what you should be wearing!
This may seem like a no-brainer, but even in the fashion industry—where acknowledgement of current trends is often embraced—wearing sneakers to a job interview is looked down upon. Classic pumps, dressy heels, or anything that shows you put forth minimal effort is generally preferred.
On that same note, if you have a dinner meeting for work or some kind of dressier after-work but work-related affair, steer clear of the sneakers. Feel free to have a little bit more fun with your footwear, but still keep it more formal than sneaks.
If you are going out to dinner at a nice restaurant, sneakers are a big no-no. Fine dining establishments frequently post rules about permissible attire, and there you will often find a "no sneakers" commandment. If you're not sure whether a restaurant is technically "fine" or not, just call and ask if they have rules about attire.
If you are attending a formal function for your school, or visiting colleges to meet with faculty and staff, do not wear sneakers. Wear footwear that is a bit more polished in appearance, and err on the conservative side.
If you're graduating from college or high school, keep in mind that underneath all those robes, the only part of your outfit that's actually visible is your shoes. Thusly, you want to give the impression that you are ready to enter the "real" world, where more often than not, people do not wear sneakers.
If you're walking down the aisle, you might want to think of yourself as one of those cool, modern brides who was so chill that she wore sneakers under her wedding dress. But several years in the future, you might look back on the photo album of your big day and seriously regret that decision.
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Whether it's five, 10, or 25 years after you've graduated from high school, you want to give your former classmates the impression that you have come a long way in life, don't you? Sneakers, as much as we love them, are probably not the best vehicle for such a message.
When you're a tourist in another land, it's oh-so-tempting to wear your most comfortable pair of sneakers while you're out gallivanting around and getting the lay of the land. As it turns out, many of the most-visited places in the world—the Vatican and the White House, for example—simply do not allow sneakers. Be sure to check posted rules before you head out on your adventures.
If an event is labelled as "semi-casual," it might seem quite logical to want to bust out your favourite rubber-soled babies. But perhaps a better tactic is to view the event as "semi-formal," and dress up enough that you won't give a less-than-savoury impression to any new people you might meet.
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