Wearing sneakers for the morning commute

This really only applies if your office is business casual, but what are your thoughts on wearing sneakers with dress pants/chinos.

I've been noticing the younger crowd on the busses and subways opting for backpacks over briefcases, and wearing sneakers (which I assume they change into more professional shoes at the office)?

Anyone else do this? I've always thought sneakers and slacks look odd, but I'm intrigued.

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Aug 7, 2017 - 9:23am

Dont care how it looks, for my commute I have to walk to the train station (which is about a 15-20 min walk), so ill opt for trainers and swap out into my formal shoes after (since I have little walking after this point). Trainers go into my bag.

Aug 7, 2017 - 9:34am

Ah, should have clarified. I swap as soon as I get to the station, from there total sitting/standing journey is around 50mins with about 5mins total walking (in between tube/platforms and station->office).

Aug 7, 2017 - 8:44pm
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I have a 2 mile walk to work. I'm not really trying to wear down my Ferragamo loafers doing that...

Agreed. I am partial to Ferragamo and Gucci loafers and long walks in a concrete jungle are not particularly kind to them..

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Aug 28, 2017 - 1:47pm

If the ride was long, or one where you would get sweaty, would it be frowned upon if you just wore workout clothes during your ride, or is it imperative that you arrive to work in a suit (albeit an old one)? How bad would it look if you walked into the building in athletic clothes and then changed shortly after arriving?

Aug 28, 2017 - 3:56pm

In my case it would be hard, due to the fact that we dont have showers at work. If we did I wouldnt see the problem, given that our company is very sport friendly and using a bike means one less car on the streets (I live in a very congested Latam capital).

Walking in with athletic clothes wouldnt be a problem I you arrive early, but if you get here at 10-11 AM you will surely get some shit (and you wouldnt as much if you came with a regular suit - even if you came in a bike).

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