notJiggit wrote:Think about it this way.
Being a foreigner: 300 cool points
Dressing like most Alts dress: -250 cool points
Dress well and your kids will think you are cool for longer. This makes them more interested in you, which will make them more likely to want to speak to you, which they have to do in English.
Plus imagine how much those shoes would cost you if you want to buy them in Japan. A lot more, that's how much.
Really it's a bargain I wish I could take advantage of.
Edit: I'm not trolling. I would buy those shoes in a heartbeat if I didn't live here. Will have to pay like $80 import tax and then if they don't fit I can't send them back easily. But otherwise don't see anything wrong with the price.
I'm not sure if you're speaking from experience or not, but I've had the opposite be true o.o My kids are actually more interested in talking to me when I don't look 'like a teacher' to them. On the days I wear a suit I'll get a comment about 'Oh, sensei, you look like an adult. Do you have a meeting?' where as on days I dress more casually (not slummy.... just not in a suit -- my schools are pretty casual) my students are more likely to talk to me.... it decreases the distance they feel and makes them more comfortable just chatting with me.
Also, the times students talk to me most are when they see me on weekends dressed in jeans and a t-shirt or something else that is just comfortable.... they love seeing that the ALT is just another person... and as most ALTs are younger than the other teachers at the school, the JHS kids (and probably SHS though I can't say for sure) love realizing that you like the same sorts of things as they do .... video games, t-shirts, bands, tv shows, etc.
Also, I would not advise anyone to spend more than $40 or so on a pair of indoor shoes. My three pairs cost me a total of $100..... $300 for one pair is a bad idea when you consider everything else you're going to have to pay for at the start of your transition to Japan.