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Yes, welcome browniecj! 'Even now though I use Suedehead as a starting point in my ideas about clothes / shoes I wouldn't buy split toe Gibsons,maybe if someone gave me a pair of Allen Edmonds ones I would wear them but there are other styles that I prefer and would buy first,nothing wrong with them though.' That sums up my view too but back then (in early 1970) they were very aspirational, perhaps because they were rare. Or was it rather a case of admiring them but...
They are pretty fine but in the flesh do not appear as sheer.I like going sock-less but only on off-duty days. The English boardroom is still not quite ready IMO.
That was too anal cov! https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derby_shoe In lay terms it's just a Derby.
 That’s very interesting stuff.I had always assumed that wingtip was an American name for a shoe with broguing because the way the shoes are designed, whether Oxford or Derby / Blucher, whether long or short wing, the brogue pattern on the front normally resembles the wings of a bird.BTW I have a pair of Cheaney Derby brogues that are called ‘gibsons’ by Cheaney, further confusing things.Back in the day we used to call our Royals just that. We would say Royal brogue,...
An alternative to the sockless look for business?  I bought a few pairs of these 'Filo Scozia' OTC socks in Palermo earlier this month in a range of dark colours.  Very cool.  
I'm not very regular on here.  I still struggle with the idea of a sockless formal outfit.  I know its been around since the 80s (at least) in Italy but living in these damp islands it looks wrong to my eyes. Having said that I am, on an off-duty day, just about to go out in AE loafers and no socks...
Hi morganswallow I can't recall seeing the plain or brogue Royals in brown.  Not saying they didn't - I certainly remember the Royal Gibson in brown as a friend of mine had some in early 1970 and we were green with envy. I think you are right about the stitching on the toes.  browniecj - I think you put up a picture in the past but I can't find it now...
I do have a couple of current ties that are predominantly green and this may be the one I have put up before as it is the better of the two - and quite adaptable:      
cov, I can't remember the green tie but will look back and see. Going back to the 60s (I can remember that era better - comes with age...) my first knitted tie, when I was still a very young wannabe, was dark green.  Later, in 1969, I recall a matching tie and hanky (oh dear) in small geometric design in greens, yellows and blues.  In my defence I rarely wore the two together. I also had a sort of olive green pocket hanky around 1970.  My first FP polo shirt was also...
Sounds cool
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