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post #16 of 54
Frankly, those shoes aren't bad. You have clearly stated your reasons for liking them, fit, price, etc. Many with good taste would not pair them with a suit but there are other options for those shoes.

They are sleek, chiseled and Forty Bucks! They are definitely worth it.
post #17 of 54
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by amemovox
Many with good taste would not pair them with a suit but there are other options for those shoes.

Ouch!
post #18 of 54
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Originally Posted by amemovox
Frankly, those shoes aren't bad. You have clearly stated your reasons for liking them, fit, price, etc. Many with good taste would not pair them with a suit but there are other options for those shoes.

They are sleek, chiseled and Forty Bucks! They are definitely worth it.

And the back handed compliment of the year award goes to.......
post #19 of 54
Not to harp, but what they cost is irrelevant. Those shoes shouldn't be worn with a suit, or even a sportsjacket imo. And I wouldn't call them chiselled, they're squareish ;p The stitching only emphasizes that. You need to put the fact that they're $300 retail out of your mind because we all know they're not even worth a fraction of that. I say this having wasted thousands on clothing that saw minimal use as my taste-level improved.

Having said that, we've all made mistakes, save for Manton, perhaps, as I get the feeling he was born wearing a perfectly fitted bespoke suit. I myself own two pairs of Kenneth Coles, both of which I have yet to throw-out, even though I will never wear them again. I say return them while you still can.
post #20 of 54
GQgeek is right. Who cares about 40 bucks or whatever? Those are just pretty damn ugly shoes. Please don't wear them.
post #21 of 54
For $40, you might as well grab 'em. I'm not so sure about them myself, but $40 isn't bad for a shoe experiment if, as you concede, you've been thinking about trying something like that. FWIW, I had one Italian friend who could pull off something like these, in suede with a suit. Then again, he was properly Italian and he had so much flair he would have looked good in a spud sack.
post #22 of 54
Doc, they're okay but not great. If it were me, I'd find a pair of shoes that maybe retailed for less than that but cost about the same at purchase that were styled a little more appropriately for wear with suits. I don't often suggest that people go to DSW, but this sounds like a job for a shoe warehouse.
post #23 of 54
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Originally Posted by whoopee
GQgeek is right. Who cares about 40 bucks or whatever? Those are just pretty damn ugly shoes. Please don't wear them.


Amen. Those shoes wouldn't be allowed to rent space in my closet for $40. u-g-l-y, they don't got no alibi.
post #24 of 54
There is a lot to like about the shoes. However, that stitching that continues over the toe ruins it for me. I'd not wear them. If not for that extra stitching, they would be great. I like the pebble grain and the color. Some of the Cole Hann shoes are pretty good style. Especially for $40. But just not these.
post #25 of 54
Thread Starter 
Sadly, the opinions here have only confirmed my own. The problem with the shoes is that they're ugly. I'm fairly conservative in my shoes choices, and I had hoped that opinion here at fashion-forward StyleForum would change my mind. "Don't be an old fuddy-duddy!" one poster would say. "Italian-style shoes are meant to be daring!" another would proclaim.

Alas, 'twas not to be. I will stick with nice, dark, English-style shoes until something better comes along.

Thanks all. This thread was an interesting experiment in its own right.

Of course, if anyone wants to give these poor shoes some love, please go right ahead.
post #26 of 54
Too much stitching. It would have been better if they got rid of either the moc-stitching or the bicycling stitching. both together is too much. Other than that, they're ok for no-jacket casual, bad with suits and jackets.

$40 ain't much, but there are better options. You'll probably be happier with something else.
post #27 of 54
Doc, don't give up hope of wearing light shoes with a suit! Other than the toe stitching there is absolutely nothing wrong with those shoes. At a slightly higher price, you can order a pair of tan leather shoes through Seok, and make all the specifications you want. Follow your urge man, let your inner dandy shine!

Tom
post #28 of 54
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post #29 of 54
I like the style (sans aforementioned toe stitching), and they are a great deal at that price. I'd buy them myself but for (1) don't care for pebblegrain and (2) I already have enough similarly-styled shoes.
post #30 of 54
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by sysdoc
There're also light Enlish-style shoes that look stunning.

A few of those are light brown ...



Good point, Sysdoc. But that brings me back to my original dilemma: Is it really worth it for me to invest in good-quality light shoes that will get so little wear? I can think of a dozen things right off that I'd wear more often for the same price.

(Also, in general, my fixation runs more toward suits than shoes.)
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