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I wouldn't wear black brogues with blue jeans either, but it has nothing to do with formality. Browns simply work better in that case IMO.
 I understand that you may not think this exercise is important but there are whole fields of people who have dedicated their academic lives to understanding subjects like these (if not conforming to them). I realize I run the risk of making myself look like someone who is espousing the intellectual equivalent of "art for art's sake" but I assure you nothing could be further from the truth. Understanding things like these are interesting because it gives us a basis for...
I really think you are missing my point. I'm not saying that to be a dick, I'm just saying it because it's true. This is what I'm trying to say... The fact is that some people believe something IS a fact. What they believe may not be verifiable but whether or not they believe in it, IS verifiable. That's a large part of what the field of intellectual history is based on. It doesn't matter whether what they believe is a verifiable fact or not, the fact lies in that a group...
I don't know if this is an accurate description of what people on SF attempt to do. You seem to be saying (correct me if I'm wrong) that some people on SF attempt to somehow conflate personal preference, whether it be for adherence to traditional norms or to more progressive principles, into verifiable fact. This is not at all the case. The attempt within SF to to define these characteristics based on evidence is, rather, an attempt to accurately identify traditional...
I believe that is incorrect. I do not believe the relative rarity of this kind of shoe is based solely on what I am looking at. The anecdotal evidence in this thread supports this assumption. The verifiable evidence of what shoemakers are offering also supports it very strongly. Also, I believe you're mistaking levels of evidence. Whether or not I believe a specific style is avant garde is not the issue. The issue is whether or not other people believe it, which again, the...
Neither do I, but when I do I notice.
 I disagree. I think they are rare purely because of styling issues. This had quite a lot to do with country traditions being adapted for the city, I think. Entirely the first statement, not at all the second. Consider how you answered the question. You said Allen Edmonds and JAB carry A whole cut, but how many varieties of other styles do they carry? See what I mean?
I defer in that regard, but you have still only addressed 1/3 of the proposition. The idea that they are relatively rare and avant garde still stands and is the main thrust of the argument.
@bdavro23 I actually agree with your statement. I don't think there is any way of justifying a comparison between whole cuts and bluchers, however it's always worth establishing the evidence. Although I disagree that less detail automatically indicates a shoe being more formal, I will admit, as I mentioned in a previous comment, that shoes to tend to be that way. There are, however, exceptions that are notable.
It's actually not a personal opinion that whole cuts are somewhat rare in the world of shoes. The difficulty in making them, along with their avant garde connotations in today's day and age ensure that. My interpretation of that evidence is a personal opinion but I did not say that they did not have any history. My interpretation was that because of their rarity they occupy an uncertain status of the formality scale. Thanks for inquiring from an expert, I look forward to...
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