Events are great. You learn from interesting speakers, hear transformative keynotes, meet new people, catch up with acquaintances, and see tons of innovative products. But oh, how your feet ache at the end of each day when you aren't wearing the right shoes.
Karen Field, EE Times' intrepid SVP editorial director, teetered through last month's DesignCon -- her own feet uncomfortably squeezed into a pair of knockout red Jimmy Choos -- on an admittedly unscientific survey of footwear. While practicality pretty much trumped trendy, she discovered styles ranging from webbed to worn, from colorful to circumspect, and at least one pair that would not have looked out of place sticking out from under a house in Kansas (see image below.)
Click on the first image to stroll through our slideshow of engineering footwear for inspiration in planning your next business trip. Maybe we'll see you -- and your shoes -- at EE Live in San Jose, Calif.
Name: Jim Landowski Occupation: Software consultant, JL Consulting Shoe brand: Friis (a Danish brand)
"See my designer socks? They match my shoes!"
Nice diversion from the endless tech topics Karen. Did you really expect Engineers (at leat the male variety) to favour fashion over ANYTHING? As for your hubby's shoes, they look different colours, but it could be 'cos the light is coming from the right and the left one's in shadow? And anyway, they're the same kind, it looks like, so would that really matter?
My current work boots (supplied by the company) have holes, the soles are coming off, the laces have broken and are tied together in the middle..... Long story. I ordered some some time ago but left them in the office and someone who obviously had a greater need than me took them. When I finally got to ordering some more there were huge delays. I'm still waiting, looking more disreputable by the day.....
David - you got it. One shoe is brown, the other black. it's the same brand, Clark's. What's the saying about everything is black in the dark? Stolen shoes? That's a first - though I had a pair of flippers swiped off a dock in hondurus.
@Karen - "What's the saying about everything is black in the dark?"
Some time ago I got a set of toiletries for a birthday or Xmas. I don't use them very often. Recently we were off to some function and my wife said "put some of your nice deodorant on". I went to the bathroom cupboard, reached in and got what looked like the deodorant and gave my armpit a good spray. And realised I had got the shaving cream. I thought that only happened in cartoons.....
@BeAlert That's a good one! In a burst of spring cleaning awhile back, I decided that my husband's Brooks running shoes were looking grubby and since he had two pair i threw one out. Except I threw out a left shoe of one color trim and a right shoe of the other color trim - so now he truly has a mismatched pair!
I wonder sometimes if engineers are just too busy to care or think about fashionable footwear or maybe we just get up too early?
Absolutely I'm busy and work from home so I work in sock during the summer and wear slippers during the winter (at home that is).
I like shoes to be as comfortable as being almost barefoot so I buy these shoes made buy Slatters that have a soft leather upper and soft rubber soles and when polished look like good dress shoes. I buy them in black because it goes with most things and I can walk in them all day without getting tired feet.
As I said, yes I'm busy so I buy 2 pair whenever they're on special and I'm close to needing a pair so I don't have to do it often (every 3-5 years) and I consider them timeless because I've been able to buy the same style for close to 18 years now (a lot of other people must have me refined taste :-))
Oh and I always get up late and work to even later.
Absent minded -- Never,
Maybe you should run a poll on EE-Times, and see what the reasoning is behind an Engineers? fashion sense?
A friend of mine (also an engineer) only wears tennis shoes, tracksuit pants and a teashirt and only buys replacements for those 3 items when they develop holes (or longer) Comfort first he always says :-)
No problem, one red, or nearly red, and one green, perfect for port and starboard, Clearly your husband has the sea in his bones.
However I do not want you anticpate my next invention. It is the fitting red and green LEDs on each shoe, left and right, along with the device that is fitted to kids shoes so that the LED lights up when the shoe is tapped. So when you are searching in the darkened shoe cupboard under the stairs or getting dressed in the dark you merely have to tap the shoes to know which is left or right-red or green. Furthermore when you are walking along the street in the dark knowlegeable people will know if you are coming toward or moving away from them. OFF to the VCs I go.
I was a bit surprised at the number of name-brand shoes in this article. But that may just be due to the fact that, to me, shoes are more or less an after-thought. I buy my shoes for squishy soles and wear them long past their life expectancy.
For some reason, my right shoe always wears down faster than the left. Depending on which shoe I pick up first, it either looks like they're just a little over worn, or look like they need some duck tape.
Being an engineer myself, I feel its just that engineers are way too busy to take care of fashion! I don't even go shopping for shoes myself! Just sit in my office and whenever I get free time just browse through my favourite shoe site and ask them to deliver it right at my doorstep! I'm just horrible when it comes to fashion. So I quite agree with this article. Mismatched shoes, I thought, are fashionable nowadays!
I've seen some engineers wearing pretty swank shoes, but there are also those who prefer function over form. When I was in-between jobs a few years ago, I needed a pair of tennis shoes. Normally I have bought brand names shoes, typically Nikes, however at this time, I thought why not save a little money and buy a non-brand shoe? They are probaby all the same anyhow, and can I really justify the extra cost when I am looking for work? So I bought one of the cheaper pairs on the shelf at the sporting goods store. This turned out to be a bad decision. They began to hurt my feet, and they also began to fall apart very quickly. I lived with this foot torture for about 4 months, trying to eek my money's worth out of them, and finally threw them away. Your feet our too valuable to treat them poorly. Support your feet and they will support you. :)
Speaking of style, when I was in school, my second quarter calculus professor would sometimes wear one green a one red sock to class. He also wore colorful ties. There was a rumor that a red tie meant "kill" (as in tough exam), and a green tie, worn the day after the exam meant "peace". Not sure if that was true and I think we were afraid to ask. His hair was often a bit disheveled, which added to his mystique. He had a reputation as a somewhat eccentric and tough teacher, but I found that he mostly taugtht and tested from the text book, which seemed fair. He would always invent titles for the top of his exams, for example, one calculus test was entitled "Getting Integrated" (har!). I do remember him passing out the exams one test day and muttering, "when I created this test I cackled like a maniac." I had to crack a smile at that one. Good times...