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post #59866 of 109053
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dogs can see color and also love

 

here we go again

 


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post #59867 of 109053
Buying into a lot more blacks and greys, figure I might as well dress a more aggressive aesthetic while I'm still young. I can wear suits when I graduate lawl schoo
post #59868 of 109053
I've recently acquired more black (thank you SW&D) after purging it from my wardrobe a few years ago (thank you MC). But I still have a mental block about wearing it on bright sunny days. It always seems to look better at night or when it's rainy or gloomy out. So it's usually either gray or blue for me on regular days or tan and whites on warm sunny days. Plus, my one pair of hot pink pants for special occasions. ;-)

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Originally Posted by gettoasty View Post

Still on the look out now for 1-3 pairs of nice leather MC footwear I can wear daily and on special occasions e.g. cap toe, whole cut, and suede? Gdl et al please drop some knowledge. Considering spending $$$ to fill those holes.

my 2 cents: If you want something versatile that can be used in MC or SW context, consider plain toe derbies, either 5 or 3 eyelet. Something a bit close cut to the foot. I like continental, mittel-euro designs like Jil Sander, Heschung, or if you want to get exotic, Vass. The American (Alden, AE) and English (C&J, Sargent, Trickers) versions are a bit too clunky/country-workwear imo. Chelsea or chukka boots are also a great way to straddle the MC-SW divide. Black, dark brown or dark brown suede.

Captoes, wingtips, (some) whole cuts, monkstraps and all the other tradtional dress shoe designs always seem like they should be worn with a suit and tie, or are too fussy for the typical minimalist.
post #59869 of 109053
Thanks Parker and everyone about the suggestions

I am asking solely for MC purposes though. I doubt I would or will want to wear with SW&D clothing.

I have been shopping exclusively for both MC and SW&D for awhile now. MC being for the office and pretty boring and lackluster. For the most part I do not want to combine the two different elements (sorry no goth banker). I'll leave that to Parker who has been slowly transitioning down that path. Gdl still keeps it pretty fresh in terms of non-monochromatic colors

A nice pair of shoes can speak volumes so that is where I want to concentrate

I think sizing is really hindering actual picking up of shoes especially as you dive deeper into different makes and last. Imagine the discussion for SW&D footwear but about MC shoes
post #59870 of 109053
Shoes are the most difficult thing to purchase/find either online or in stores. at least for me, it's hard to find the right combo of fit and style. There's a lot of trying on, and not that much buying. plain.gif
post #59871 of 109053
fuck black.
post #59872 of 109053
True and a friend back in school always told me to start from your 'ground up', which I have been mindful now

I am very happy with my footwear selection (SW&D) and now I aim to balance that out with MC. Good thing is I only would like 1-2 pairs. Bad thing is that if cost is an issue, the 1-2 pairs probably cost more than my total SW&D shoes.

Just some RFT, sorry to disappoint again about the goth banker as I thought initially the idea is pretty cool. You can play with that idea wearing Yohji, which a good amount of members here already do well
post #59873 of 109053
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Originally Posted by Parker View Post

my 2 cents: If you want something versatile that can be used in MC or SW context, consider plain toe derbies, either 5 or 3 eyelet. Something a bit close cut to the foot. I like continental, mittel-euro designs like Jil Sander, Heschung, or if you want to get exotic, Vass. The American (Alden, AE) and English (C&J, Sargent, Trickers) versions are a bit too clunky/country-workwear imo. Chelsea or chukka boots are also a great way to straddle the MC-SW divide. Black, dark brown or dark brown suede.
Captoes, wingtips, (some) whole cuts, monkstraps and all the other tradtional dress shoe designs always seem like they should be worn with a suit and tie, or are too fussy for the typical minimalist.

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Originally Posted by Parker View Post

Shoes are the most difficult thing to purchase/find either online or in stores. at least for me, it's hard to find the right combo of fit and style. There's a lot of trying on, and not that much buying. plain.gif

+100, shoes are the most challenging item of the wardrobe, and one of those things that, at best, jives with the rest of your outfit but at worst can cripple a look and waste all the effort you put elsewhere.

I'm a fan of loafers on account of their nonchalant / louche vibe when done correctly. As with derbies, it's hard to find that middle balance between dressy and country for a modern casual look. The ones that work for me personally are:

- JM Weston 180
- Crockett & Jones Boston / RL Marlow
- Crockett & Jones Sydney
- Classic Gucci horsebit (with certain looks)

A starter MC shoe collection for me would include black and brown closed lace oxfords, and one of the above loafers in black / brown / dark suede.
post #59874 of 109053
http://www.styleforum.net/t/217855/the-new-official-toj-thread-2011/20700#post_5502001

This is pretty cool and mc/swd friendly. He's going to wear it with a toj 4zip. You can go even more casual with a derby as Parker said. There is still an edge to the look and should be banker appropriate smile.gif
post #59875 of 109053
Toasty - I would stay away from wholecuts personally. After having bought many of them and having seen them collect dust in my closet, I came to the conclusion that even if they look awesome on pictures, they rarely look so on the foot and in context, and they are just not very appropriate for business situations. Only whole cut I would ever recommend would be black for someone who refuses to wear patent or silly bow pumps for black tie events.

Black captoes are a must - but the last has to be elegant, whether you like chiseled or round toe, avoid a toe thats too bulbous or too elongated. Oxfords only, absolutely no black bluchers for MC purposes. I personally prefer a punched captoe but plain is fine too, more conservative.

I feel that a dark brown brogue is a must if you wear greys, blues and earthy colors in MC mode. I'd stay away from medium browns and cognac, harder to wear and better for the 15th pair of shoe... Derbies acceptable there but I still favor oxfords.

In suede though, I'd stay away from chocolate and go with snuff / mid-brown instead, better match for the informality of the suede and for the type of outfits I feel one should be wearing suede with (sport coats rather than suits). I like wingtips and monks for suede.

I like the idea of a biz casual MC shoe with mitteleuropa influence - I'd go with a split toe or Norwegian in pebble grain for example. Definitely derbies there, no casual oxfords.

All of the above is very subjective of course.
post #59876 of 109053

Toasty why can't your wardrobes overlap?  Unless you work in the most conservative of workplaces many SW&D brands are perfectly acceptable - I had to go to the corp HQ the other day and wore Helmut Lang pants with horse hair shoes and didn't feel like I stood out in any way.  Dries, margiela, etc are all pretty office appropriate.

 

If you like MC then that's great but it sounds more like you feel you have to dress that way? It's just my impression though, I could be misinterpreting.

post #59877 of 109053
last year i was wearing purple tiger print shirts. now i don't think i wear a single item of color. hum.
post #59878 of 109053
This is my banker. It can be done.

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post #59879 of 109053
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Originally Posted by brad-t View Post

last year i was wearing purple tiger print shirts. now i don't think i wear a single item of color. hum.

i liked your crazy prints tho
post #59880 of 109053
^ I'm not sure I'd trust that guy with my money! lol8[1].gif
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