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It’s easy to poke fun at the men’s fashion stereotypes of Silicon Valley. There’s the granola huffer who has pledged allegiance to both The North Face and Crocs, the pastel-gingham-shirt bro with an emotional attachment to Sperrys and, of course, the men who wear the same jeans and black/gray tee every day and will not hesitate to preach the benefits of the Uniform Lifestyle if you give them the chance. (Pro tip: Don’t.)
Among the latter — usually the public-facing CEOs — however, footwear is a point of pride. (Much has been made of the tech capital’s love affair with a particular pair of Lanvin sneakers.) So it was surprising, to say the least, when Twitter CEO and founder Jack Dorsey arrived to a talk with Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein on Wednesday in a pair of funky, thong-style sandals.
“I would’ve sent out a press release but this (Twitter) is better.” @lloydblankfein pic.twitter.com/uYNOuHRexi
— Brett Goldslager (@goldslager) December 13, 2017
Styled with a slightly oversize black t-shirt and skinny black pants, Dorsey looked more appropriately outfitted for a yoga class in West Hollywood than a meeting with one of the most powerful men in business. Especially with his trendy, Bachelor-approved haircut, fresh tan and trim Brooklynite beard, Dorsey’s ensemble had more than a few Twitter users wondering if he had broken the already-lax business appropriate rules. Said Business Insider reporter Dennis Green, who first spotted the offending sandals: “You shouldn’t subject your office mates to your potentially unsightly feet — even if you are their boss.”
Blankfein, for his part, ditched his suit and tie for a button-down (with the top two buttons open!) and slacks for his meeting at Twitter HQ.
A brief investigation into Dorsey’s 2017 style proves that the man knows his footwear. Just last month, he was spotted in a pair of $995 Rick Owens rubber cap-toe leather sneakers (above), while earlier this summer he was wearing Yeezy Boosts. He paired both footwear options with the same Justin Bieber-length black t-shirt and too-long black skinny pants. The pivot to a streetwear style is one that Dorsey has embraced only recently; older photos prove that pre-beard, paler Dorsey was definitely of the gingham shirt club.
Perhaps this particular style of sandals will be all the rage in San Francisco-area offices next spring? Unless pedicures become mandatory, we hope not.
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