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What do your teenagers wear on their feet for a smart/casual look?
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WankersHacksandThieves · 11/11/2016 18:26

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 · 11/11/2016 18:27

My son wears plain black Vans

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eatingtomuch · 11/11/2016 18:28

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

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WankersHacksandThieves · 11/11/2016 18:30

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

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Sadik · 11/11/2016 18:34

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?)

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WankersHacksandThieves · 11/11/2016 18:34

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 · 11/11/2016 18:36

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

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Coconutty · 11/11/2016 18:36

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WankersHacksandThieves · 11/11/2016 18:36

His school shoes are too formal - almost the same as these: www.kickers.co.uk/mens-ferock-lace-2-p5699

but without the pattern bit by the laces.

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WankersHacksandThieves · 11/11/2016 18:38

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 · 11/11/2016 18:38

He wants to make a good impression :)

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AnyFucker · 11/11/2016 19:11

Good luck to him Halo

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WankersHacksandThieves · 11/11/2016 19:22

Thank you. :)

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Chasingsquirrels · 12/11/2016 08:39

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.

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Chasingsquirrels · 12/11/2016 08:40

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

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eatingtomuch · 12/11/2016 09:21

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.

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Mitfordhons · 12/11/2016 09:25

www.matalan.co.uk/mens/footwear/s2617615/real-suede-desert-boots

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

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WankersHacksandThieves · 12/11/2016 09:30

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 · 12/11/2016 09:41

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

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Littlelondoner · 12/11/2016 09:48

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?

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griffinsss · 12/11/2016 09:52

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

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Grausse · 12/11/2016 11:57

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

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