They are delightfully addictive.
On a related note, I've been trying to come up with an "essentials-only" shoe assortment. It's harder than I thought. I used to just have one pair of dress shoes and one pair of sneakers, but now it seems like I need at least six pair of shoes:
(L) MMM GATs: go-to sneakers. If I'm only going to have one pair of sneakers, it has got to be these, in the original colors. I have a pair currently, but they're the all-grey ones. Still, probably the most comfortable sneakers I've owned, and they look fantastic once they start to get beat up.
(R) Alden chukkas. Looking to pick these up next year at some point, and use them for non-sneaker casual wear. I could see going on vacation for a week or two and just bringing these as long as where I'm going doesn't have rain or snow forecasted.
(L) Alfred Sargent Armfield. These are on the wishlist. I have a pair of black captoes but they're from Bexley and not nearly as nice. But the black captoe is the go-to dress shoe for court or any other formal occasion. In a pinch, I could probably get by just with black captoes and GATs if I absolutely had to.
(R) Loake Kensington. I have these already and they probably get the most wear out of everything I've got. They don't seem all that exciting but it seems like 85-90% of what I wear to the office calls for a brown dress shoe.
(L) Loake Adams. Have been wearing these a ton lately, these replaced my old wingtips and are better suited to fill the gap of giving me something to wear both to the office or with jeans on the weekend if the weather isn't great. Which honestly isn't that often in LA, but I still need something for those times that it is the case, or when traveling.
(R) Bean boots. Pretty much just for Tahoe, the 2 days a year in LA when it's actually pouring rain, and maybe Portland? My wife and I got matching pairs of these for each other as Christmas presents this year and while they're not going to get a ton of use obviously given we live in LA, I feel like they still will come in handy, they should last a long time, and they're not even all that expensive in the first place.
So this leaves out the following that I'm now not sure I really need:
- MMM grey side-zips
- Carmina double monks (LOVE these but not sure how to make them more "essential;" I guess I could have them dyed dark brown and replace the Loake Kensingtons with them, but part of what I love is the caramel color)
- suede loafers (not really SF approved, but I get a ton of wear out of them)
I'd realistically like to figure out what 4-6 shoes would be the most "versatile" and then have only those, as part of my ongoing quest to be able to fit my life in a suitcase (or two) if necessary... posting here has probably not helped.