I worked most of the day today. I work at a Fred Meyer, and for those of you who don't know what that is, it's basically a high end Target with groceries, a glorified Wal-Mart SuperCenter if you will. It follows the philosophy of one-stop-shopping, effectively meaning that if you're looking for it, we probably don't have it. I've worked there for a little over 2 months now and I think I've figured out what I like least about it. The uniform. The uniform always seems to make my job worse. As a dapper fellow I like to look the part. I cannot do that in a ratty polo shirt. Seriously. Not only is it a polo shirt, but it's worse than old navy quality. If i didn't know better I'd say it actually was made of rat fur. Or nutria.
When it gets right down to it, because it's a job that requires me to spend a lot of time up and about, the only choice I get in my attire are my shoes. So I wear my black converse with red laces to show my individuality. Because no one wears converse... But that brought a thought to my head. And that is about shoes. This is not a full-fledged post about the kinds of shoes you should keep an eye out for. But I realized that the right pair of shoes can make the difference between looking dapper and dashing. To clarify: dashing is business-like, professional, James Bond. Dapper is pleasant, dapper is Doctor Who, dapper is
a person whom you would like to get to know. Because when I wear converse with my suit, I am no longer the unapproachable gentleman who makes too much money (believe me I don't), I am quirky. That is something to consider when selecting your ensemble, your shoes can completely set the mood. So while your leather wingtips are fantastic and should be worn as often as possible, remember that you're going to look rather dashing in those and your nice suit, whereas you'll look fun in your tennis shoes and Dolce & Gabbana cashmere affair. Oh, lord if only. Oh um, dapper as hell. (I've been saying that at the end of every post, why stop now?)