I dislike brown leather oxfords, much prefer chestnut, cognac or burgundy if I'm going to go down that route or brown suedes which I think look far better than brown calf. I don't plan on going crazy with my mc shoe collection so only 3-5 pairs I think would suffice.
I think mc could be fun as fuck color wise but I never see anyone really doing it except maybe I think it was yfyf to a small degree.
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've been sneaking by with some Alden for BB Cap toe bluchers (shell)... I always tell myself that I should pick up a proper pair of balmorals but they seem to get put on the backburner since I don't often have a need for them. Suggestions?
Oh great is this going to turn into another inane MC vs SWD thing? Z z z z
i have always liked MC, just for whatever reason that Acecow dude rubs me up the wrong way. I think I was pretty harsh and in reality not making much sense when I gave him shit the other day. Not to say he doesn't look like an uncomfortable pussy, but I was spouting shit that I perhaps couldn't justify as an argument.
It was kinda funny/sad when he posted like a million pics of his girlfriend though.
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.
in case anyone didn't know the diff between bluchers and oxfords. cause i didn't !
The difference is how the laces are connected to the vamp. The Vamp is main front portion of the shoe. On a Blucher the laces are placed directly on top of the vamp. On an Oxford the vamp covers the laces creating a throat line. (Here is a great diagraphm of the anatomy of an Oxford). By having the vamp cover the laces and the creation of a throat line, the Oxford has a more finished and polished look.
Also, toasty this is a trap, you will never be able to look at shoes the same again!
the black/monochrome stigma has a bad rap here because people attribute it with all things goth at times. Plus, for some reason people associate black with aggressiveness and gloomyness when it could be just as relaxed and chill as your lame ass sperrys.
this is my current collection (don't see it changing much for the next few months):
alden no 8 captoes
alden flexwelt tan suede chukkas
alden nst natural chromexcel boots on a commando sole
tricker's dainite sole brown leather bluchers
fillipa k grey suede chukkas
quoddy brown leather bluchers
bass tan suede bucks
cp lows in grey leather
cp lows in light tan suede
ll bean katahdins
new balance 574s
nike x j crew vintage low in white leather
sperry boat shoe chukkas in tan
I like having a generally monochrome wardrobe. That said, on a warm/hot sunny day I do often regret wearing a black shirt or pants. Not for any emotional reason but simply because the sun has a very unpleasant piercing heat on black items ... in the shade it's all good though.