Brian Chesky

Sneakers are more popular than ever, and they’re starting to supplant once was once the keystone of ever man’s professional wardrobe.

As sneakers rise in both prominence — and price — men are spending the hundreds of dollars they would typically spend on dress shoes. These aren’t your typical athletic sneakers however — instead of the latest release, they’re often luxury versions with soft leathers and designer logos.

Neiman Marcus CEO Karen Katz told analysts that sneakers now account for 50% of the men’s shoe business at the department store chain, according to the New York Post.

Execs in Silicon Valley almost exclusively wear high-priced sneakers, like Lanvin and Common Projects, that Neiman’s sells. Silicon Valley is the birthplace of the casual work wardrobe, so it’s no surprise that its leaders are dressing down and sneakers have become a cornerstone of that. In the San Francisco area, the top selling style on luxury consignment platform TheRealReal is a Louis Vuitton high top sneaker.

As the casualization of the workplace continues, it’s not surprising to see sneakers gain a foothold. These more expensive sneakers usually look the part, with minimal branding that can fly under the radar unlike your yellow and orange …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Life

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