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My thorny shoe dilemma -- with pic

post #1 of 54
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What do you think of these shoes?



Here's the dilemma: I've had a hankering for a pair of light brown shoes in an Italian style to wear with navy and gray suits. Thing is, I would rarely have an opportunity to wear them. Only for casual occasions in the spring and summer -- probably no more than four or five times per year, if that.

Then I stumbled across these shoes. They fulfill most of my needs. They're a nice shade, in my size, very comfortable and made of very soft leather. I even like the contrast stitching, save for the unneeded detailing on the toe. But that's not very noticeable, except up close. (Still a bit busy, though.)

The problem: They're Cole Haan. Not a terrible brand, but not a particularly good one, either. These seem nicer than some other CH I've seen, and they're made in Italy. But combined with my style reservation, I wonder if buying them is a mistake.

The draw: They're $40. And I can't see paying $300 and up for good quality light brown shoes that will get so little use. At the same time, I've always believed that a light brown shoe needs to be top quality to really work well with a dramatically darker suit.

All things considered, what do you say?
post #2 of 54
They have a lot of style and at $40 are a good price, even for Cole Haan. I would not wear them with a suit, however. They look too casual for that to me.
post #3 of 54
I wouldn't wear those with a suit either, but they aren't bad. A little much going on, but they would be ok with jeans or cords, etc. For $40 in good shape you could probably flip them back for that much.
post #4 of 54
Doc, for $40, they won't be much of a mistake. Are they great, no. Are they terrible, no. Do it, you may find that you don't like lighter colored shoes and if so, you wont be out much for the experiment.
post #5 of 54
It's only $40. If you wear them 4 or 5 times a year, you'll probably have them for a good number of years, so they'll fill a hole in your collection and your hankering for such shoes will be met. Also, you can use them to pad the number of shoes you have in your collection, and get into the 46+ range all that much faster. Where can they be found for $40, may I ask?
post #6 of 54
I think they're pretty ugly and would try to sell them at ebay. No matter what you won't be out oo much money.
post #7 of 54
For me, those look sufficiently casual that I wouldn't even wear them with odd trousers. Just my $0.02.
post #8 of 54
I think they're pretty ugly too. I don't think I could wear shoes with that "bicycle" toe or whatever it's called.
post #9 of 54
I'm going to disagree with everyone and tell you to return them. You could better spend 40 dollars. How much you're saving off of retail is really irrelevant unless you actually like them, which it sounds like you don't. Since you want opinions, they've just got way too much going on and the stitching on the toe is particularly tacky imo. I wouldn't be caught dead wearing a shoe like that... I think you should keep looking.
post #10 of 54
Am i the only one who thinks that Doc obviously omitted a 0 here? More likely to be $400 than $40, no?...
post #11 of 54
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Originally Posted by gdl203
Am i the only one who thinks that Doc obviously omitted a 0 here? More likely to be $400 than $40, no?...

Yeah, definitely seems that way.

Doc, for $400, I'd have to say no.
post #12 of 54
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Originally Posted by gdl203
Am i the only one who thinks that Doc obviously omitted a 0 here? More likely to be $400 than $40, no?...

No, they're really $40. That's the main reason I'm considering them. I wouldn't dream of paying $400 for a CH shoe.

I appreciate all the comments so far. I think part of what is troubling me is that I'm in the process of cleaning out my closet, winnowing down to things I really like. So I'm torn on whether to try these as an experiment, even though I have mixed feelings, or to simply go without. I certainly haven't run across other shoes that meet my criteria at this price point.

The casualness of the shoe doesn't bother me terribly. I'd only wear them on very casual occasions, and the combination of very light shoe with dark suit strikes me as an inherently casual style.

Other thoughts?
post #13 of 54
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Originally Posted by Connemara
Yeah, definitely seems that way.

Doc, for $400, I'd have to say no.

I agree - too much stitching for me (never seen that much thread on a dress shoe! )
post #14 of 54
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Originally Posted by DocHolliday
No, they're really $40. That's the main reason I'm considering them. I wouldn't dream of paying $400 for a CH shoe.

I appreciate all the comments so far. I think part of what is troubling me is that I'm in the process of cleaning out my closet, winnowing down to things I really like. So I'm torn on whether to try these as an experiment, even though I have mixed feelings, or to simply go without. I certainly haven't run across other shoes that meet my criteria at this price point.

The casualness of the shoe doesn't bother me terribly. I'd only wear them on very casual occasions, and the combination of very light shoe with dark suit strikes me as an inherently casual style.

Other thoughts?

Really? Then I think it's $40 well spent - but I would not wear them with a suit... business casual or casual IMO
post #15 of 54
I would have a tough time wearing a pair of shoes with that type of leather and stitching and styling with anything but the most casual of outfits. I just can't possibly imagine a suit that these shoes would look good with, if anything, I think they would "dumb down" any suit.
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