October 2, 2003

Campus Couture

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You’ve heard before that you can tell a lot about a person by their shoes: whether they are practical or fashionable, oblivious or just plain cheap. While I’m not one to stifle personal expression, some footwear personalities are more forgivable than others. Noticeable holes, yellow stains, or ’80s style buckles are just a few signs that it’s time for a foot makeover. Regardless of whether you have a fear of or a fetish for feet, here are a few ways to deck them out for Fall 2003.

Same-old Sneakers

According to the New York Times, Americans spent more than $15 billion on almost 430 million pairs of sneakers in 2002. They are the diehard footwear no one can live without and a staple in most guys’ shoe wardrobes. Appreciate these Nikes for their standout colors and comfort factors.


As a rule, I hate the shoe selection for guys. I pity them for what little variety they have. But every once in a while you find a more trendy casual-wear shoe that actually looks good. Yes, believe it or not, some guys can pull off this look; and when they do, they stand out in a crowd. Guys, trust me — the girls really do appreciate you having fashionable footwear.

Playing Dress Up

You’re a guy and you loathe the fact that you have to dress up. Those men’s dress-up shoes just aren’t doing it for you. These suede oxfords are a different take on the same old same old, and can be taken from business to business casual without a hitch.

Sporty Sneaks

A little more fun and trendy than the regular old sneaker, but still comfortable enough to hike up mountainous slopes through all sorts of weather. Go with a stand-out color, like bright blue or red, if you’re the type who likes to make a statement. Otherwise, neutral colors are easy to match with just about anything.

Trendy Boots

An updated version of the traditional boot, this one’s got the season’s trademark pointed toe and little heel. Use the trendy boot to dress up your everyday casual look or compliment the party outfit.

Little Heels

These classy heels combine three season trends in one: little heels, pointy toes, and the color white. Pair them with a skirt or even jeans. They are definitely not the most practical purchase, but there’s something to be said for springing for something that’s purely fun.

Archived article by Laura Borden