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What do your teenagers wear on their feet for a smart/casual look?

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WankersHacksandThieves Fri 11-Nov-16 18:26:53

DS (16) doing work experience, clothes all organised for the smart/casual dress code.

He has a pair of black chino style trousers, a pair of navy chino style trousers and if the look in the office (assessed when he is there) includes smart jeans, he has plain dark jeans as well. For the top half he has 2 casual shirts with a navy tone, 2 with a grey and plain navy polo shirt. He has a dark gray soft shell type jacket or a black rain jacket depending on the weather.

Feet are a nightmare. He either has formal black shoes he wears for school, walking boots for scouts/dofe and running type trainers that he wears for all other occasions.

He has no ideas or opinions and doesn't care about fashion.

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AnyFucker Fri 11-Nov-16 18:27:46

My son wears plain black Vans

eatingtomuch Fri 11-Nov-16 18:28:46

My ds wears black Vans. They are all black. Wears them to work with black jeans.

WankersHacksandThieves Fri 11-Nov-16 18:30:34

Ah, he can't wear those as they would be too flat, he has a high instep and narrow feet. sad

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Sadik Fri 11-Nov-16 18:34:16

Could he not just wear his school shoes? I'm sure that's what my dd would do in those circs. (Admittedly, she has chunky dm-style school shoes, but presumably boys' shoes mostly on the same lines?)

WankersHacksandThieves Fri 11-Nov-16 18:34:55

Actually I've looked a bit more, they aren't all flat slip on type - there might be a style that would fit him. Thinking not black though as they wouldn't go with navy? maybe charcoal grey or something?

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Sadik Fri 11-Nov-16 18:36:23

How long is the work experience? Surely it doesn't matter if he wears black shoes with navy trousers for a couple of weeks!

Coconutty Fri 11-Nov-16 18:36:27

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WankersHacksandThieves Fri 11-Nov-16 18:36:53

His school shoes are too formal - almost the same as these:

but without the pattern bit by the laces.

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WankersHacksandThieves Fri 11-Nov-16 18:38:11

It's only for a week, but at 16 he probably needs something that isn't casual trainers or formal shoes anyway, so I'm happy to buy something he can use for this but also for going out for dinner etc too.

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WankersHacksandThieves Fri 11-Nov-16 18:38:57

He wants to make a good impression smile

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AnyFucker Fri 11-Nov-16 19:11:12

Good luck to him halo

WankersHacksandThieves Fri 11-Nov-16 19:22:59

Thank you. smile

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Chasingsquirrels Sat 12-Nov-16 08:39:28

What is his work experience?
Those shoes look completely appropriate for my office (accountancy practice), chinos and jeans wouldn't be, do it completely depends on the circumstances.
We have just had a 16yo in on WE for 2 weeks. Tbh I didn't notice what trousers and shoes he was wearing - I wasn't involved with him at all, but he had white shirts on (not sure about a tie).
The lad we had last year wore his school trousers and shirts.

Chasingsquirrels Sat 12-Nov-16 08:40:23

School trousers and business shirts I mean (school shirts are logo'd polos).

eatingtomuch Sat 12-Nov-16 09:21:45

My ds has a Saturday job in retail. He has to wear their clothes (don't seem as fussy about shoes). If he wears black jeans he wears all black vans. If he wears black trousers (like school) with shirt and tie he wears black brogues. He wouldn't wear the brogues out but happily wears them to work.
If you want something he can wear after work experience I'd go with vans or something similar.

Mitfordhons Sat 12-Nov-16 09:25:46

These, my incredible growing son has had a few because he needs new ones every four months grr

WankersHacksandThieves Sat 12-Nov-16 09:30:23

It's a small IT mobile app development company. They've said smart casual dress code. I think formal shirt, trousers and shoes would be too much. He doesn't like to stand out (bullied as a child so likes to blend in). He's seen some timberland chukka type boots online but I'll maybe need to get a few choices to try.

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Jungfraujoch Sat 12-Nov-16 09:41:17

DS1 did his work experience earlier this year in a design agency and wore exactly what you've described with tan desert boots.

Littlelondoner Sat 12-Nov-16 09:48:35

Tan chelsea boots or desert boots soubd like they would do. Or just nomal lace up type shoes but in a tan rather than black to soften them up and go with the navy?

griffinsss Sat 12-Nov-16 09:52:27

Chelsea boots or 'brogues' (forgotten what they're called when on boys)! That is what DSS wore for his work exp

Grausse Sat 12-Nov-16 11:57:19

I think you are over thinking this for a one week work experience. The school shoes are fine.

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