Looking to get a Burgundy/Merlot color...I have no matching requirements for clothes - I do not wear suits..any suggestions? besides all three :)
Burgundy Hancock calf
Merlot McCalister calf
Burgundy Leeds Cordovan
Great shoes and you may be the first to rock that model sans sox.
The versatility of brown. Bourbon Mora 2.0
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Brown is the most versatile shoe color, period. Arguably here, in a derby or monkstrap styling, you have the most versatile shoe there is. Here I chose the shoes last of all the items. Going with trusty mid brown monk was a simple decision, I'll tell you why.
It's spring. I want to dress a bit more colorful and yet maintain a clean and sharp look. The jacket is in a significantly lighter shade of blue than the standard navy. As we have discussed before silk knits are home run casual spring/summer ties. Here I chose one that would pick up on the overcheck of the jacket. Navy would have been a great choice as well. Light blue shirt is standard. I chose a square that picked up the colors in the rest of the outfit without looking "matchy".
Next to the pants and this is where things get interesting. I feel light light gray pants would not contrast well with the jacket. Additionally, the tie is too severe (dark) for them. However the darker the pants the more we lose the spring/summer vibe. Mid gray is the perfect compromise.
This presents us with a shoe problem. It's spring/summer, tan/walnut is the color of the season. However it contrasts too much with the pants and tie. Dark brown is not s/s enough and too "business" for such fun pieces. Enter: mid brown in mid style. Bourbon monkstrap. It's not so much of a statement shoe as walnut, and doesn't draw near the attention. It is perfect for those times you've got other interesting pieces and bright shoes would just be a bit much. Further, dress it up or down. Monks can go tieless, they can do a casual suit. Dark pants? Mid brown will look fine. Light pants? Likewise. You can put this shoe in nearly any outfit and it will look pretty darn good. Further there will be times (like here), where it is nearly the only option.
Bourbon, Mora 2.0/Delray. Get yours TODAY.
Good look. I don't keep up with fashion mags etc, but I've never seen beltless pants that don't require suspenders.
Alright sold...though the whole Cordovan going away reminds me of Bordeaux having a vintage of the century every third year.
The Leeds is your most versatile choice regardless of the scarcity of cordovan or not. The Mcallister being a balmoral would be less useful for you since you don't wear suits. The Hancock isn't very handsome in my opinion and I think suffers from some proportion issues. I've never heard of a man regretting a pair of cordovan Leeds on this forum.
I do like the Cambridge a whole lot...the ones I am considering are seconds at this point and the cambridge was not in my size. Getting an inspection done of the Leeds so will see what happens and that is the choice at the moment...Thanks for all the suggestions.
Is there a reason you guys wouldn't really want to wear a blucher with a suit? Some searching shows that a lot of people do it even though they know it's "against the rules".
With that price drop on the cordovan I'm tempted to get a pair myself. I was thinking of waiting a year or two before I thought about it because of the price but...
MacNiels or Leeds? Given that I would probably wear them with my (navy) suit.
Also what's the return policy with JAB and ShoeFact? Since I'll have to have the shoes sent to my friend then shipped internationally for me. I'm worried about a bad fit.
Now I'm thinking
Board Room (JAB)
MacNiel or Leeds Cordovan (Shoebank) 9EEE (These will be roomier than a balmorla right)
And then maybe Strands in Bourbon.
Does that seem decent for 2 (or 3) pairs to start off with someone who's going to try and rotate between a suit, sport coat, and jeans?
Just wanted to do a little follow up as a while back I posted about sending some AE Heritage Golf shoes walnut/bone to B Nelson for a resole- anyway these shoes must have been only worn once or for practice as I bought them on the Bay for I think under $80. Can only assume who ever owned them had them as a gift. They were firsts and all the damage on the sole is from me prying off the golf cleats- There literally was not a mark on the Butyl sole when they arrived - I wear non cleated golf shoes so I did not have a wrench.
Anyway very happy with the job B Nelson did and for a finish price under $210(shoes + New Soles) I couldn't be happier-
Given the cushioned sole I like these better than my Walnut/Bone Broadstreets which I can now sell