Give an Ivy Classicist the rules about when and where to wear sneakers and they are shod for a day. Make the rules together and they are shod for a lifetime.
That’s shod – twice in one paragraph. Hang on. YES. It means what I wanted it to.
Let us begin the session with common ground. These are the universal applications of sneakers:
Gym class through high/prep school.
On any court.
If you were a stand up comedian in the 90’s. On a boat. When you are with Dylan.
Ok, the rest is gray area. I remember one of the first illustrations of Ivy I ever saw was this:
Those are sneakers with a bow tie. This position was formerly “endorsed” here. Not on my digital legacy. Here’s why you don’t want to do that. The campaign to have bow ties taken seriously again is countermanded when you wear sneakers with them. If YOU aren’t going to take bow ties seriously, and you are wearing them, why should I?
In fact, as I get older (which is occurring at a geometrically expansive rate now that my daughter is in high shool) I can’t wear them with a tie, even. Can you? No, you cannot either. These are prickly thorns, especially coming from Joe Degage ova heyuh. Ivy is based on irreverence, but like anything else, if you are laughing at a joke three times as loud as anyone else in the room, you probably don’t get the joke.
For further clarification, let’s consult the masters.
So the rule here – with khakis as long as there is no tie, yes. Even with time travelers.
You can rule out a lot of options for sneakers with one simple visual representation.
For your consideration:
We’ve drilled it down. Never with a suit, always on a court, and always wear a suit to court. Any time with khakis as long as there is no tie involved. Never with a metal bracelet (sorry Paul).