DC is the victim of a barrage of tourists, counting over 15 million visitors per year. The tourism industry brings over $5 billion in revenue to the city’s coffers, but it also brings the horrifying sight of tennis shoes worn with jeans, fanny packs, ponchos, and any number of incarnations of whatever is acceptable wear in Midwestern junior high schools.
It is not only the tourists! Many commuters believe that it is acceptable to wear tennis shoes with a business suit on the Metro. This is not acceptable. We know heels can give you blisters, but come on! There are lesser evils to this cardinal wardrobe sin.
As it’s been said, “Navigating the professional field in fashion is so hard to do. You need to look good, but appear professional. Be well dressed, but not provocative; Appear modern, but not cutting edge.” Wearing tennis shoes makes this impossible, for men and women. Full stop.
Bad wardrobe choices don’t only hurt you, they hurt others. They hurt DC. They hurt puppies! OK, not puppies, but see the clip for more on this terrible mentality plaguing our nation’s capital. And please, just get some flats.