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post #16 of 30
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Originally Posted by chorse123
I don't know about what people outside the forum pay attention to, but then again, I don't know if they care much about any clothing details.

Also, I never said the Colton's were inherently unwearable in a dressy or casual sense. They look nice, and I'm watching the price on STP in case they drop, but I think that the charm of these shoes is also, in some ways, the problem. They're neither one thing or the other.

Eh, it wasn't you I was going after so much as the guy before you who said they were casual shoes that couldn't be considered dressy. I quoted you because I'm betting your blucher v. balmoral distinction was the basis for his claim, and I felt it worth pointing out that said distinction is, for all intents and purposes, a pretty trivial one (as opposed to say, the difference between say, a plain-toe and a wingtip) that only someone in the process of rationalizing his latest weekly shoe purchase (which, of course, does encompass quite a few members of this forum, but nonetheless...) is going to be concerned about. Arguments for open/closed lacing based on asthetic appeal are understandable, but as far as practical wearability goes, I can't think of any situation short of a rigid black/white tie event where it would come close to mattering.

Anyway, as I said earlier, I had no intent of sounding snide, just hit upon something I thought might tie in with the aforementioned sweeping proclamation from another that I had issues with.
post #17 of 30
Thread Starter 
I think these would work well with a pair of jeans, tucked-in shirt & a belt. Don't worry, I would not wear them with what 90% of my age bracket wears (oversized shirts, untucked, baggy jeans & Timberland boots).

I have a pair of AE monkstraps that I absolutely adore. They work with everything from jeans to an odd jacket and trousers.

I may spring for them!
post #18 of 30
I like to wear borgue Derbys with jeans occasionally, a look which I quite enjoy, although depending on the jeans a darker brown looks nicer in my opinion.
post #19 of 30
One suggestion for wearing those Coltons (brown balmorals /w medallion):
You might want to wear them with odd trousers or khakis for six to nine months and allow them to develop a little wear. Once they have a few scuffs and creases, and add a natural patina, the jeans/balmoral combo will look much nicer. I get A LOT of wear out of my Allen Edmonds for this exact reason--I dont mind putting them through the paces since they are already heavily worn, plus they look infinitely better than my spit-polished Edward Greens and C&Js.

BTW, a better choice for a full service jean/odd trouser shoe would be a wingtip. When worn with jeans, they add a bit of hipster element, and refined when worn with khakis or cords.
post #20 of 30
Thread Starter 
What do you think of these Florsheim Imperials? I realize the newer Imperials aren't the best, but as I understand, are still decent quality. The sole sort of bothers me...anyone else think it's a bit too thick?
post #21 of 30
I have trouble with shoes with thick soles. Even though I understand their heritage in terms of country shoes from british moors etc. etc., I tend to view them as shoes that Frankenstein would wear. They just seem unelegant.
post #22 of 30
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by denning
I have trouble with shoes with thick soles. Even though I understand their heritage in terms of country shoes from british moors etc. etc., I tend to view them as shoes that Frankenstein would wear. They just seem unelegant.

Agreed, I'm taking a pass on these.
post #23 of 30
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Originally Posted by Connemara
What do you think of these Florsheim Imperials?





I realize the newer Imperials aren't the best, but as I understand, are still decent quality.

The sole sort of bothers me...anyone else think it's a bit too thick?

Hmmm...Personally, I like those. Maybe the sole is a little thick, but it's not obscene.
post #24 of 30
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Originally Posted by Connemara
Is this pair of AE's too "dressy" for wear with casual trousers (jeans too, likely) in the summer?
I think they would look great with jeans. The color goes very well with the blue denim and the yellowish seams. And I agree with what norcaltransplant said, full brouges would look even better.
post #25 of 30
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Originally Posted by psykon99
Hmmm...Personally, I like those. Maybe the sole is a little thick, but it's not obscene.

I agree. I like the colour and hey, if they were relatively inexpensive I would grab them.
post #26 of 30
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Originally Posted by Connemara
Is this pair of AE's too "dressy" for wear with casual trousers (jeans too, likely) in the summer?


I think they're very good for jeans and a tweed or corduroy jacket. Khaki or corduroy trousers, or jeans. They're also very good for the corduroy suits I wear on a nearly daily basis. I have several pairs of similar shoes, and the versatility of the model is the selling point for me; they work with everything from jeans to a countrified or relaxed suit on the casual/formal scale.
post #27 of 30
For wear outside the office? Sure, but probably not with jeans (corduroys instead) and the look isn't one that suits many young men. Clinton Kelly (What Not to Wear) does it well.
post #28 of 30
They seem fine for all casual trousers, including most all properly fitted jeans. In today's vernacular, too many people equate the idea of casual wear with the baggy, ripped, and sloppy look. I suspect you are not amongst that crowd.

I wore bluchers with Levis 501s in high school and at the university.
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post #29 of 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by Connemara
What do you think of these Florsheim Imperials?





I realize the newer Imperials aren't the best, but as I understand, are still decent quality.

The sole sort of bothers me...anyone else think it's a bit too thick?


I have a shoe very close to that - also Florsheim Imperial, cognac pebble-grain brogues with a double sole. The don't have the rubber heel, and there is some visible stiching on the welt. Otherwise, very close to those. I think mine are old stock. I bought them in a shoe store in Bakersfield, CA that was stuck in another era. Much of their stock of Florsheim was discontinued and they only had a few pairs in odd sizes. I was doing some other business with the owner of the store and only bought the shoes to smooth over an unrelated conflict, but I have grown to like mine a lot. I'm wasn't crazy about the double sole at first, but it works well for rain and cold weather and they look perfect with jeans or 517 cords.

Of course I'd trade the shoes and $400 for a pair of those Asprey EG willow calf brogues.
post #30 of 30
they are cap-toe, perfed bluchers!

in brown.

they are fine with jeans

-boston
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