When I was a kid, older people wore “nice clothes” when going out in public or to visit relatives. For “nice,” read “stiff and uncomfortable.” It often included hats for both men and women and leather shoes. Even children wore their “good clothes.” I applaud the new, comfortable style of public clothing — especially shoes that flex and don’t pinch. I’d bet old people don’t have as many shoe-induced foot problems as they used to. I myself haven’t gotten to the sweat pants stage, yet, but I will — and to heck with what people will think.