high top shoes Marks

I love the look of lace up high topped leather shoes. When I see them on other guys I turn green with envy.

But I just can’t wear them.

I’m a “come home and kick my shoes off without touching them” kind of guy. The heels of all my shoes get crushed, as I use my toes to take them off, often without ever untying them

That’s why I love my Skechers Expected Avillo Slip-ons. I can crush the back of them putting them on, I can flick my heel and take them off. There’s no effort ever in these relaxed fit beauties.

ringo starr

Fun fact: Did you know Ringer Starr helped design them?

But my foot doctor doesn’t like these kind of shoes. They’re soft and cushiony, but there isn’t enough support for my feet. These shoes are a relaxed fit and so they don’t hold my arch properly meaning I’ve got a plantar forma – a foot issue that can’t be solved with surgery and likely only gets worse.

The only way I can really help things is by wearing firm, supportive shoes.


I’ve been mostly wearing running shoes lately, the same kind of shoes I wear when I do my Team Diabetes training, but that’s not quite stylish enough when I need to go somewhere a little more upscale, so I went shoe shopping for some new kicks at Marks.

That’s when I found those awesome lace up chukkas up top. There were so many different styles with felt, leather, in the rich browns and blacks. I imagined  myself in all the awesome Instagram goodness I see in the Marks feed


I went to the store and tried them on.

And they were delicious. My legs were a little short and stumpy compared to the lean models on Insta, but the shoes were great. And then I tried to kick one pair off to try the next and the hate-on I have for high top lace ups came screaming back.

I couldn’t go there. I just couldn’t.

So I looked for these great Denver Hayes Chelsea Markham boots (also discovered on Insta), and stylish brown Denver Hayes Boston shoes (I can hack a low rise lace up, because they’re easy to kick off).


Marks boots and lace up

Both shoe styles offer me support, both shoe styles are easy to kick off. Sold!!

Daddy has a new pair of shoes to rock in my everyday jeans and I might have a chance to look good on the rare occasion I try to suit up!

With the October shoe sale on at Marks, I grabbed a third pair of more casual kicks and tried my hand at being an Insta Star:

Denver Hayes Logrono

Are you #TeamLaceUp or #TeamSlipOn? I asked my followers on Twitter, and here’s how they reacted:


Cast your vote with the contest form below and enter to win a $100 gift card from Marks for your own new kicks! There’s a shoe sale on at Marks for the rest of the month!

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  1. Athena October 17, 2017 at 5:48 pm


  2. Maritess S October 18, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    #TeamSlipOn because I do not want to bend to lace up and don’t want to risk tripping on them.

  3. Glogirl October 19, 2017 at 11:10 am

    I’m on #TeamSlipOn because who wants to waste time tying laces?

  4. Brenda Penton October 19, 2017 at 11:39 am

    I am #TeamSlipOn so I can be out the door in seconds.

  5. Stephanie October 19, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    I am definitely #TeamSlipOn!

  6. Victoria Ess October 20, 2017 at 3:46 am

    Definitely #teamslipon! Much quicker to get out the door in!

  7. soozle October 20, 2017 at 4:42 am

    Im #TeamSlipOn for sure! I am always in a rush so any time savers are a win to me

  8. Sunshine G October 20, 2017 at 8:54 am

    #TeamSlipOn – I’m usually running after the kids!

  9. Florence Cochrane October 21, 2017 at 6:01 am

    I am #TeamSlipOn, Always likes to get out the door as quick as I can.

  10. Jonnie October 21, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    I’m #TeamLaceUp because I like to be able to adjust the tightness and I usually prefer the look of lace up shoes.

  11. Pam October 21, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    I am #TeamSlipOn , quick and easy.

  12. Tina L. October 21, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    I’m on #TeamSlipOn because we’re always in a hurry so no time to lace up

  13. lynn clayton October 21, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    #TeamSlipOn no laces no ties just comfort slip on and go oh yes please

  14. tracy k October 21, 2017 at 4:07 pm


  15. Andrea Amy October 21, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    I have 5 kids, I don’t have time for tying so #teamslipon for sure

  16. LILLIAN BROWN October 21, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    #TeamSlipOn Hard to bend over to tie anything

  17. Jenny B October 21, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    I’m on #TeamSlipOn because they are easy to wear and you don’t have to worry about laces coming undone!

  18. Michelle Policelli October 21, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    #TeamSlipOn so much easier to just slip into a pair of shoes and not have to worry about tying up laces!

  19. Julie bolduc October 21, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    #TeamSlipOn I really don’t have time to tie shoes lol

  20. JULIE bolduc October 21, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    I like the Women’s Sillian Rest Skimmer Shoes

  21. Phil October 21, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    @teamslipon all about the on/off ease!

  22. lori butler October 22, 2017 at 4:39 am

    @teamslipon all the way

  23. Erica Seaman October 22, 2017 at 6:21 am

    I’m on #TeamLaceUp, I like to tighten up on loosen up on my own choice.

  24. Bruke B October 22, 2017 at 8:11 am

    #TeamSlipOn..love the look and easy to put on and remove

  25. kristen visser October 22, 2017 at 11:45 am

    TeamSlipOn ! with two little ones and trying to get out the door every morning to get my oldest to school, I have no time for laces

  26. Marina M. October 22, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    #TeamSlipOn for sure, because it is faster.

  27. Jolie October 22, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    I am definitely a #TeamSlipOn kind of person. It’s very convenient.

  28. ivy pluchinsky October 22, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    I am #TeamSlipOn all the way!

  29. nancy lafrance October 22, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    #TeamSlipOn So much easier!

  30. Lisa October 22, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    I love slip ons but I am #TeamLaceUp. I like that you can adjust the tightness of the shoe and the laces add style to an outfit.

  31. margaux retrophiliac October 22, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    I’m definitely more team slip on, i’ll have to say.

  32. Karine October 23, 2017 at 3:56 am

    Team slip on whenever I can!

  33. Marra October 23, 2017 at 7:02 am

    I love slip ons because laces are a nuisance! #TeamSlipOn

  34. M October 23, 2017 at 7:18 am

    #TeamSlipOn because it’s so much easier and convenient

  35. Gina Fleury October 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    I am definately a #teamslipon. My dogs need to go out in a hurry when they need to go outside so no time for laceups.

  36. Elena October 23, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Definitely the slip ons. They’re easy and convenient.

  37. Tara Betterley October 23, 2017 at 9:19 am

    #TeamSlipOn is I hate dealing with laces – they are always coming on done and eventually they are slip on as you get to the point that you don’t tied them or undo them!

  38. Amy Heffernan October 23, 2017 at 11:27 am

    #TeamSlipOn OMG its so EASY to do! lol

  39. Amy Heffernan October 23, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Women’s Ivy HD2 Chelsea Boot!! So if I won I would choose them!!

  40. Jenn Beckett jennpup October 23, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Depends on the task – for running I am #TeamLaceUp because I can customize the pressure at key points and get the best support for my run! But most of the time, I’d prefer to just slip ’em on.

  41. Nicole Graham October 23, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    I am Team Lace Up. They’re much more classy looking as a general rule.

  42. Barb W October 23, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    @TeamSlipOn .. path of least resistance in life people!

  43. Juliee Fitze October 23, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    #TeamSlipOn safer for me because I never do up my shoes

  44. Lushka Smith October 23, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    #TeamSlipOn because I’m basically lazy.

  45. Sab Edwards October 23, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    #TeamSlipOn because, I too, am basically lazy (I literally have a pair of slippons at work for this very reason)

  46. Sab Edwards October 23, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Women’s 6″ Vegas Aluminium Toe Composite Plate Work Boots – for work as mine are already worn out and we I am not eligible for 8 more months

  47. Michelle W October 24, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    #TeamLaceUp I can control how loose or tight I want my shoes/boots to be

  48. Tammy Dalley October 25, 2017 at 10:05 am

    I am so in love with the TIMBERLAND
    Women’s “Mount Hope” Lace Up Winter Boot

  49. Jenny Major October 25, 2017 at 10:19 am

    #teamlaceup easier to put on and remove!

  50. Jenness M October 25, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    #TeamSlipOn so much less time consuming!

  51. Patrick Siu October 25, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    #TeamSlipOn just slip and go!

  52. Chris Stockford October 26, 2017 at 10:36 am

    ’m #TeamLaceUp because I like to be able to adjust tightness!

  53. Caryn s October 26, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    I am #TeamLaceUp so that my shoes dont fall off my feet!

  54. Krista M October 27, 2017 at 7:20 am

    I’ve always wanted a pair of riding boots. What really peaks my interest about the Women’s Denver Hayes Quad Comfort Selena Riding Boots is the new Quad Comfort treatment & how easy they are to slip on & off!

  55. pepper October 27, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    My hubby is #teamlaceup.

  56. Deborah C October 27, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    #TeamLaceUp because I like the lace look and feeling the boots fitted.

  57. BobbiJo pentney October 27, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    #Teamslipon I don’t have time to waste.

  58. Pam October 28, 2017 at 3:25 am

    I would like the Women’s Quad Comfort Selena Riding Boots

  59. Yuen C October 28, 2017 at 10:31 am

    #TeamSlipOn easy and convenient!

  60. michelle matta October 29, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    #teamlaceup I prefer a tight secure fit on my shoe and i feel that only comes with laces

  61. lori butler October 30, 2017 at 3:25 am

    Women’s Quad Comfort Fergie Pleated Boots are something i like

  62. Rebecca Roberts October 30, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    I’m Team Lace Up! I prefer to know my shoes are going to stay on lol

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