Not much of a sneaker head but I have a quite a bit of dress shoes. 15 and counting. As much as I want a versatile wardrobe, my shoes aren't any different. Sure I can dress down loafers and monks straps and I have my Colchesters and boat shoes that are ultra casual but I don't have anything in between in that sweet spot. What my closet is missing is what I would consider dress sneakers. I see fashion enthusiast wear suits with sneakers and they rock it well! You know, sneakers I can dress up or down that are clean and sleek. So since I'm not a sneaker head, what the heck do I start looking for? Well I came up with my on criteria that makes sense to me.
If you haven't noticed by now I keep my shopping simple so I do things in 3s, 4s and 5s as you have seen from my blog topics. Let's call this Fit Man's Guide To Sneakers | C.A.V.S. Four things I thought were important to me were Comfort, Affordability, Versatility and Style. As mentioned in my previous post, I work in a semi professional environment so we don't have to be dressed up all the time meaning they allow us to wear comfortable shoes especially in my position where I stand up alot. Standing on hard sole dress shoes for long periods of time can be painful so comfortable dress sneakers are a great equivalent. I don't want to spend over $100 on sneakers, it's not that big of a deal to me, like I said I'm not much of a sneakerhead. For versatility, I want the shoes to worn with slacks, suit pants, dress chinos and shorts if needed. And of course they have to look stylish, that goes with out saying. So with all that being said, I believe we have a contender!
My First Reaction
I received these pretty awesome sneakers a couple weeks ago and my initial reaction was WOW! Talk about some sleek looking sneakers, at first glance they are already winning in the style category. Felt very lightweight, kinda has a minimalist feel to it. Smooth exterior, soft interior and weird looking shoe laces but we'll get into that later. So far these sneakers from a company I've never heard of are impressive, but it was time to put them to the test.
I'm standing at my stand up desk at work as I wear my Aureus Sneakers so I can give you real time data. Ridiculously soft padding on the inside and soft padding across the top to give your ankles support. The upper part is flexible enough to walk around in without it digging into your foot. Speak of the upper, it is made from Nubuck leather which at first glance one might assume it's suede but those are two different things. Nubuck and suede have the velvet kinda feel to it so texture-wise you can't tell but Nubuck is cattle skin that has been buffed on the exterior making it more durable than suede which is lamb skin buffed on the interior. Doing more research on Nubuck and suede made me realize not only did I not know certain things , I'm guessing alot of guys don't either so that has inspired a potential new blog post in the future, considering that I have both suede and nubuck shoes.
Both sneakers cost less than $100 so that fits my criteria and considering it is made with durable materials, I have a feeling I'll have them both for a while. You get the alot bang for $90: A pair of awesome shoes, a plastic shoe tree, shoe horn, Nubuck brush and an extra pair of shoelaces. Alot of shoes in that price just come with a flimsy cardboard shoe tree.
The wingtip supras are ones I can definitely wear with a suit or slack. Quite frankly I can wear both pairs with a suit, dress slacks, dress chinos and if I want to tone it down a bit, I can throw on some shorts and still pull them off (Still summer in New England even though the mornings and evening are starting to get colder). As much as I want the shoes to match any outfit, I wanted the colors to do the same. I applied the same rule with dress shoes on these and stayed away from black, which is the least versatile. However, with sneakers the rule on black can be a little be lenient.
Come on, look at them! No crazy patterns and colors like most sneakers. No overly obnoxious visible logo. No gimmicks. Just plain, sleek and simple. And of course, the brand name underneath the shoe was the icing on the cake.
All in all this shoe is a solid purchase. In my opinion the minimal the features are on the shoe, the more stylish they are. One thing to note is if you want to use the second pair of laces, you'll have to cut three elastic ones that come on the shoe and there is no way to go back to it. I like reviewing products of brands you may not have heard of that are worth your money. Aureus is definitely worth it.
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