When I look at photos of people going to work in an urban area like New York or Chicago, I’m always struck by how nicely everyone dresses. Me? I work at coffee shops and usually have on a polo shirt, shorts and sandals. And if I’m working at home, it could be PJ bottoms and a t-shirt. Not so upscale.
But informality comes at a cost, and when I attend business meetings or speak at conferences, I up my game with actual pants, a button-down shirt and nice shoes. Problem is, my feet are so used to the lack of constraint of sandals or sneakers that I end up traveling with two pair of shoes, sneakers for flying, dinners, etc, and fancier shoes for when I’m attending those meetings or standing up on stage.
And so, when Rockport contacted me with its #RockportChallenge, claiming that its dress shoes were as comfortable as my favorite sneakers, I had my curiosity piqued. I mean, I already own Rockport shoes and really like them, but as comfy as a worn in pair of sneakers? Skeptical, that was me.
They sent me a pair of the Rockport Total Motion Driving Mocs in a styling teal (that’s a light blue for those of you guys who are color-name challenged), and as soon as I put them on, my teen daughter said “ooh, hipster. You. Sheesh. What next?” She’s right, they are kinda hipster!
Check it out, this pic is from a few days ago when I was the host and emcee for the Performance Marketing Summit:
You can see me rockin’ my Driving Mocs. Heck, I even received compliments from attendees on my natty footwear.
Here’s a closeup of the shoes too, since they’re a bit hard to see in that photo (and, frankly, my jeans in the previous pic are a bit long anyway):
Definitely more stylish than a pair of sports shoes!
And as for the comfort? I have to say, they are really comfortable with soles designed on top of the Adidas Sports Technology “ADIPRENE” shock-absorbent cushioning. You can’t see it in the pic, but the bottom is pretty high-tech from a materials perspective, definitely not the slick, flat surface of a typical dress shoe.
I was already a fan of Rockports, and my Rockport Perth shoes are some of my favorites when I can’t get away with sandals or sneakers, but the Driving Mocs are really nice too, just what a guy needs when he has to dress up but still wants to be stylish.
And you can find out! I’m going to be letting one lucky GoFatherhood reader pick a pair of Rockport Total Motion shoes and try the #RockportChallenge themselves, comparing the fit and comfort of the Rockports with your favorite sneakers.
To enter, simply leave a comment on this article answering the question: How many toes do you have on your feet?
That shouldn’t be too hard. 🙂