A recent find buried in the back of my closet (during a reorganization ordered by my wife) prompts this question. (I’ve search here, and elsewhere, but haven’t detected a consensus of opinion.)
Not two days after ordering some 100% linen pants on sale at STP, I found a practically unused pair I had forgotten I even owned that turned out to be the same color as the ones ordered (“sand,” which I think some call “natural”). Not the rope-tied-in-the-front, everyone-in-the-family-wear-white-for-a-picture-on-the-beach linen pants (not that there’s anything wrong with that) but tailored linen dress pants. I swapped the ordered pair for what STP (or Hickey Freeman) calls “olive,” though it’s more of a lighter green-tan.
Anyway, just in time for summer I now have these two pair of linen pants and it occurs to me I may not have the right sort of shoes for them.
Here is my little collection:
Black wing-tips (single sole)
Burgundy McAllisters (wing-tip, single sole)
Brown Jeffersons (wing-tip, double sole)
Walnut Strands (cap toe, single soles)
Pebble grain walnut Macneils (LWB, double sole)
Burgundy shell LWB’s (double sole)
Brown RL Sandersons (LWB double sole) (Thank you, Kristle at Jeffersonville)
Ravello shell cap toe (double sole)
Obviously, I’m heavily tilted toward fully brogued, “heavy” shoes. And there’s nothing I have that is a dedicated “spring/summer” sort of shoe. So, my questions are:
- Is anything I have even passable as a proper shoe for these pants?;
- What should I be looking for to better work with these pants?
Something versatile enough to wear year round would be nice but I am not opposed to a seasonal shoe.
My primary leanings are toward AE but any suggestions would be welcome.
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I am looking at the same exact pants on STP but haven't put them in the cart yet. I have 2 pair of shoes that I can see going with them and maybe the Patriot loafer in both brown and burgundy shell. The first is the AE for BB Seven. I'm thinking about cutting the tassels off but haven't done so yet, it is as near to a spectator shoe that I own. I purchased mine as seconds and can't find any flaws. I would have a hard time buying them at retail from BB being a seasonal shoe. Not my favorite but would work I believe:
To me the no brainer is the Strawfut in brown. Also purchased as seconds during the 2 for $200 sale awhile back. A great summer shoe and would work well with linen pants I think.