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Male Footwear for Vegas

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by rborob, Mar 25, 2013.

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  1. rborob

    rborob Tourist

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    Hi all, after trawling the web for any sort of answer to this question I came up empty, so hopefully my first post on this site will yield something more fruitful :) (Be gentle)

    I'm due to fly to Vegas from the sunny UK in August this year. I'm getting conflicting opinions on what footwear I should take for ambling around during the day (and night).

    I know the shoes I get should be comfortable, but comfort is dependent on weather and temperature I guess and I don't think I've been anywhere as hot as Vegas before. I'm a little bit against sandals due to some reviews I've read about comfort and crowds, so I'm just looking to get some opinions on what style of footwear I should invest in before my trip.

    Naming conventions are sometimes a bit strange for footwear too, so If you have picture examples of the footwear you mean that would be grand.

    Any comments would be much appreciated!

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Jimbo338

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    There are a lot of people who like sandles and live in them except for somewhat formal settings. I see them often when I attend my trade show which is usually at the end of February or beginning of march. Temps tend to be in the 65-70 Degree F. range then during the day. I have gone to LV twice in april and temps were in the hight 80's to mid 90's, and I believe August will find you in temps 100-115 F. I believe most of yur time will be spent inside with AC, buses and cabs are all air-conditions.

    I don't like high temps so I avoid trips then but winter or summer I would just wear what I normall find comfortable in New England.....regular low bottom shoes or sneakers (sport shoes). LV is very casual as far as dressing is concerned and you will find me in jeans and a short sleeve shirt anywhere you might expect to find me,dining, shopping, or at the theater as well as my trade show. Bring yur favorite footwear as long as they are broken in, and comfy.

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  3. thecarve

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    I always bring a pair of what I call tennis shoes; I believe you refer to them as trainers over there? These are what I wear during the day when I know I’m going to do a lot of walking and will just be in jeans or shorts.

    I also will bring a pair or two of very casual rubber soled shoes that are maybe a half step up the fashion ladder from tennis shoes. Usually something that is just plain white or cream or brown but is still lace-up and comfortable. Again, just something I can wear with jeans or shorts but might look a little nicer than tennis shoes in case I decide to have lunch at a nicer place than a burger or pizza joint. I think I have a pair of Sketchers and a pair of Ecco’s that are my usual go-to casual daytime shoes.

    Then I bring a pair of nice dress shoes – comfort be damned – for when I need to not look like a slob: dinner, shows etc. I usually don’t do a lot of waking at night like I do in the day. So comfort isn’t as much of a priority.

    Really though, anything goes in Vegas. You’ll see people dressed to the nines at almost all times of day and you’ll see people wearing ratty t-shirts and flips flops all day and night. So go with whatever you like and feel comfortable in.

    Edit to add: During the summer months, I usually bring a pair of slip on canvas shoes that I'll wear without socks. They aren't quite as comfy as tennis shoes, but they're great for the extreme heat.
     
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    To me, the type of footwear matters less than the quality.

    The shoe MISTAKES I've made have been cheap sandals (a foot maiming disaster) and new shoes that are not broken in.

    The actual types of shoes are still likely to be dictated by your outfit. If you're braving the outdoors in august, you'll likely be dressed light and in shorts, and will probably want some sort of athletic shoe or high end walking sandals.

    If you're more dressed up at night or staying within the air conditioned casino, obviously you'll want something that matches that outfit more.

    There really isn't a right answer. The reason first timer advice focuses so much on footwear is simply that there is a lot more walking than first timers expect. But with any pair of footwear if you can answer the question "would I be comfortable walking around half the day on hard surfaces in these" with a yes, they'll probably do the job.

    Personally, I'll bring one pair of comfortable black leather shoes (not a dress shoe, more of a 'walking' shoe ... e.g. Rockport, Clarks, etc), one pair of athletic shoes (tennis shoes, running shoes, trainers), and a pair of sandals for heading down to the pool.
     
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    I wear Vans slip ons or lace ups, not the skate shoes, those are thicker and more padded.
    These are more like loafers

    They come in a million designs and colors and can be worn with or without socks, the slip ons even look good with slacks (the darker colors)

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  6. KBT2012

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    If I'm dressed laid back/casual I have my Nike Frees on in Vegas. The top is thin and you get a lot of ventilation, they are unbelievably light weight and by far are the most comfortable shoe I have ever worn, period. It is like walking on a pillow everywhere you go....I actually picked my first pair up in Vegas after my Polo canvas shoes gave me nickel sized blisters on each foot, I could walk in these with those blisters and feel like I didn't have them.
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    If I'm dressed up a bit, Johnston and Murphey's slip ons
    http://www.johnstonmurphy.com/product.aspx?c=624&sc=1215&fv=1&pid=90889

    Also an extremely comfortable shoe.....I like them a lot better than the Cole Haan "Nike air" edition stuff.
     
  7. mike_m235

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    It depends on what you want to do. Most of the vegas clubs are very strict on male footwear (and on nothing else, ironically). If you don't want to go into clubs, then your options are very wide.
     
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    During the day I wear Reebok Zigs and at night it's Rockport dress shoes.
     
  9. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    The primary shoe I wear in Vegas are sneakers or athletic shoes or whatever you may call them. I actually found some brown ones that almost look like casual dress shoes.

    Personally, I do not even wear flip flops around the house, so my opinion on those are worthless.

    Be comfortable. We walk 3-5 miles a day in Vegas. Comfort rules.
     
  10. Alasted

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    I wear these no matter the time of year:

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    There are two things to guard against regarding your feet in Vegas. You don't want blisters and you want your shoes to be cool. For me the blisters are much more important than having cool feet, so I go with sturdy well broken in shoes over cool shoes. If you can do both, go for it. The Nikes above look ideal if they fit well enough that you don't slip around in them.
     
  12. Rush

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    "Broken in shoes".

    Here's a secret. If you need to "break shoes in", you didn't buy shoes that fit.
     
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    Sandals wise: Birkenstocks. Period.

    Regular shoes: Merrell Jungle Mocs. They go with everything, BUT shorts. They are very comfortable, and I haven't tied a pair of shoes in 2-3 years. As a gout sufferer, these are the cat's ass:

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    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Though I could never imagine me wearing sandals.... I am taking your comments on the Mocs. Just ordered them from Zappos.
     
  16. KBT2012

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    Did I mention Nike Free's come in just about every color under the sun lol. Mine are grey and white....
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    I own these. They are great.
     
  18. zamboni

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    I actually bought mine at Dillards at Meadows Mall in Vegas last november. I only wear slip ons, BUT my Timberlands I took in November were really bugging my gout, and I tried the Merrells on and haven't wore the Timberlands since, and they really aren't bad shoes, but the Merrells feel a million times better.

    The reason I have Birks is for when I wear shorts. The Merrells go with everything, from slacks to jeans, but they don't go with shorts. Birks are very comfortable and they wear like iron. Plus they look great with khaki cargo shorts, which I wear almost all summer.
     
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    I always do sneakers/tennis shoes. I currently have a lightweight pair of Under Armour sneakers that work well and will be great in Vegas when I go in June. I put a LOT of miles travelling around Italy in February and my feet did well despite A LOT of walking!! I always thought I did a lot of walking in Vegas...nothing like Italy!

    Anyway, I usually bring a pair of Nike slip on sandals as well for trips to the pool or just going around the hotel I'm staying at. If I keep them on all day, however, I will get blisters.
     
  20. CosmoM

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    When in Vegas during the summer I usually take a shoe made by Sanuk named the Vagabond.

    This shoe has a canvas constructed upper and a flip-flop type of sole. They can be worn with shorts, with or without socks, and breath very well.

    I like them since they feel more comfortable than flip flops, are light, pack well, and appear to be normal shoes when worn with long pants.

    Since they do not have an arch, you would not want to walk long distances (although I have gone on a 5 mile hike with 'em).

    But for casino, pool, beach and lounges (except night clubs) they work very well and are versatile.

    Sometimes when I can't find a pair of clean socks, I wear the Sanuks to work and no one notices they are not normal shoes.


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