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Originally Posted by Kahuna75 View Post

What's with all this sleek talk...do you want to be a man or a cross dressing lady doctor.... smile.gif
wait....what?
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What's with all this sleek talk...do you want to be a man or a cross dressing lady doctor.... :)

 

I don't believe it's completely unfair to say that AE's lasts are a little more rounded and conservative than other (even American) brands. The point I was trying to make is that if I'm buying a black captoe balmoral that I will eventually use for weddings, etc., as a person under the age of 30, I want them to emanate a certain....youthful vitality. In my (very humble) opinion, I don't believe the PA offers that.

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Originally Posted by NWTeal View Post
 

I'll make a statement that might be controversial: I think the Park Avenues are overrated.

 

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I don't believe it's completely unfair to say that AE's lasts are a little more rounded and conservative than other (even American) brands. The point I was trying to make is that if I'm buying a black captoe balmoral that I will eventually use for weddings, etc., as a person under the age of 30, I want them to emanate a certain....youthful vitality. In my (very humble) opinion, I don't believe the PA offers that.

 

Well best of luck to you and good thing you are soon to be Dr. so you can re-insert your funny bone......

 

 

 

For real was just joking and you have gotten some good advice from others with more sense on being an adult than I have accumulated to this point. :)

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If you're staying with AE shoes, I think the only last that's noticeably sleeker than the 5-last is the 333 last. The 108-last strikes me as about the same as the 5-last in terms of sleekness.

For sleeker shoes, perhaps look into Carmina or Alfred Sargent if you can take a step up in price. To me these brands offer similar value as AE for their price.
I disagree with this. I think the 8-108 is definitely sleeker than the 5. I think there is more taper at the toe with the 8 last than the 5.
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Gentlemen, I'm in need of some sartorial advice. I am a medical student applying for residency and will be (potentially) going on a series of interviews throughout the country in a few months. Outside of a couple pairs of boots, my AE "dress shoe" collection is pictured below. Now, the general consensus of the internet is to get a charcoal or navy suit for interviews, a white non-button down pointed collar shirt, with a conservative tie (burgundy or navy).

I will most likely buy a navy suit, but I am struggling to decide which shoes to wear. The Macneil, IMO is not an option because it is pebble grained, a blucher, and has a thick double sole. The Walnut Strand is too flashy and informal. My only current "safe" option is my dark brown Park Ave, but many are saying I need a black shoe. The easy choice would be to buy a pair of black balmoral captoes, but I already have the Park Ave's, and believe my current collection is too small to allow such a non-versatile shoe.

Do you guys think a burgundy shoe is fair game for an ultra-conservative interview? I was thinking about the McAllister in Merlot (or burgundy), but am not sure if this will be too flashy due to all the brogueing. I'm not exactly keen on getting another 5-last balmoral, but I feel this may be my best choice. Any advice or experience will be greatly appreciated. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

I agree with everyone else. Either wear your brown Park Avenues or invest in a pair of black cap or plain toe oxfords. Sooner or later though you will eventually need a black pair of formal shoes. It doesn't necessarily have to be the Park Avenues though.
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I've been having bourbon all day long... Lush. :spew:

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Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

 

My PA's! (Click to show)

 

 

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What's with all this sleek talk...do you want to be a man or a cross dressing lady doctor.... :)

 

I'm sorry, but that's the stupidest thing I've read on the internet today.

Good job?

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Get the Hale. Just enough design to give you that oomph. Definitely versatile enough for a multitude of occasions.

 

I only have 2 black shoes. This and the Neumora, and they both get compliments frequently.

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Originally Posted by NWTeal View Post
 

I'll make a statement that might be controversial: I think the Park Avenues are overrated.

 

 

What? How dare you!

 

P.S. Byron4life

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I'm sorry, but that's the stupidest thing I've read on the internet today.

Good job?

 

Job well done then....Thank you! 

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My pair of Cambridge shoes were delivered today. I'm just sitting here staring at them. I needed a pair of burgundy shoes so I went to AE intending to purchase the McAllister, and walked out with these Cambridge on order.

I'm in love with the color - In some lights they look almost black, but in any good light the burgundy hue is apparent and exactly what I wanted. I am really looking forward to these breaking in.





















Next to Burgundy Walden loafer (and above AE's Kenwood loafer):





I hope everyone's week is going well!
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am i correct that the AE Leeds PTB is slightly narrower than the Alden Barrie PTB?

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Originally Posted by lordjeebus View Post
 

 

I'm a physician.  Most if not all specialties in medicine are not so conservative that you would look improper in brown PA's.  If you think you are applying to particularly conservative institutions, then you could get black captoes.  A burgundy McAllister will raise more eyebrows than the brown PA's, although I don't think you would be faulted for wearing those either.  Most applicants seem to wear cheap, poorly-maintained shoes, and I don't think they get judged for it, consciously or unconsciously. 


My thinking exactly.  I work in business and most men I see wear cheap black shoes that are poorly maintained.  I realize that the common guidance is to wear very conservative shoes (like the Park Ave.) usually in black.  If I interviewed someone in a charcoal suit and a pair of well maintained Strands or Mac's I would think the person has a great sense of style - no more, no less.  Most men I interview haven't a clue on how to properly wear a suit (or even wear one AT ALL) and their shoes look like black $40 shoes they purchased on clearance from Kohl's (and then beat the crap out of them prior to the interview).  But, God forbid someone wears a nice grey suit and a pair of walnut Strands to an interview! 

 

In your situation I would think your Navy suit, white shirt, burgundy tie (?), and your dark brown Park Ave.'s would work wonderfully.  I see no need to rush out and purchase another pair of shoes when you already have an option that's more than feasible. 

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Originally Posted by Darkside View Post
 

Gentlemen, I'm in need of some sartorial advice. I am a medical student applying for residency and will be (potentially) going on a series of interviews throughout the country in a few months. Outside of a couple pairs of boots, my AE "dress shoe" collection is pictured below. Now, the general consensus of the internet is to get a charcoal or navy suit for interviews, a white non-button down pointed collar shirt, with a conservative tie (burgundy or navy).

 

I will most likely buy a navy suit, but I am struggling to decide which shoes to wear. The Macneil, IMO is not an option because it is pebble grained, a blucher, and has a thick double sole. The Walnut Strand is too flashy and informal. My only current "safe" option is my dark brown Park Ave, but many are saying I need a black shoe. The easy choice would be to buy a pair of black balmoral captoes, but I already have the Park Ave's, and believe my current collection is too small to allow such a non-versatile shoe.

 

Do you guys think a burgundy shoe is fair game for an ultra-conservative interview? I was thinking about the McAllister in Merlot (or burgundy), but am not sure if this will be too flashy due to all the brogueing. I'm not exactly keen on getting another 5-last balmoral, but I feel this may be my best choice. Any advice or experience will be greatly appreciated.

 

 

I interviewed for residencies a few years ago (in Dermatology) and wore either my navy or charcoal suit to interviews.  This was before I had a great collection of AE shoes, and most of mine at that time were much too casual for suits.  That said, I wore burgundy Johnston & Murphy Meltons (cap toe balmoral) with my navy suit, and black Meltons with my charcoal suit.  Worked out well for me.  Never wore wingtips to an interview, though.  Not sure how to advise you on that front.  Honestly, I think brown PAs with a navy suit would look perfectly fine/appropriate.

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