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!"
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.
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.
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.
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 :-)
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.....