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Originally Posted by CMT1 View Post


Most walnut Strands that I've seen this summer have been paired with grey and blue jeans of varying hues, navy dress pants and chinos, light blue dress pants and chinos, blue/royal blue/light blue suits and every hue of grey pants and suits imaginable. Like you said, the shoe is immensely popular and, during the few times I was stuck in airports this summer, the Park Ave (or other black cap-toe) is the only shoe I saw more often.

I encountered the same thing at the two weddings I attended this year, with the dapperest honchos wearing various super-tight, blue-colored suits with walnut Strands - at one wedding there were four guys wearing this look - with one dude choosing walnut Park Aves.

 

I think it comes down to where one's comfort zone is (or ends) when straying from - for lack of a better term - "classic" rules of thumb/guidelines.  E.g., if you stick to shoes at least as dark or darker than your suit, walnut Strands are usually limited to a very light gray business suit or something casual and seasonal like seersucker (for which it is an acceptable, but probably no better than third or fourth choice behind white bucks, spectators, and possible tan loafers).

 

In a sport coat-and-tie context, I would most often be looking at a spring/summer combo.  Something else usually works better in the fall and winter.

 

So that leaves dress or more casual pants without tie.  And the idea of wearing a bal - regardless of broguing or color - in those circumstances seems a bit off to me.  Maybe I ought to just live a little.

 

So if someone is comfortable being among the "dapperest honchos wearing super-tight, blue-colored suits with walnut Strands," then go on and be yo' bad self.  Others of us will have to sit back and watch.

 

To be clear, I love wearing the shoe when the opportunity presents itself.  However, in my coat and tie every day world, the opportunities aren't often there. Therefore, for ME, it hasn't proved to be a very versatile shoe. 

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Agreed, and exactly the reason why I do not own walnut calf Strands despite appreciating the color from afar. My current dress wardrobe of navy, charcoals and grey/dark grey does not support the shoe, although the idea of seersucker and a walnut calf Strand for the hot summer months sounds great.
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I posted this question in the shoecare thread, but figured it couldn't hurt here, either.

 

How would I go about removing some alcohol stains from a pair of brown chromexcel Bayfield boots?  I wore them to a pool bar (billiards, not water) the other evening and didn't realize that they endured some sort of splatter from what was likely an alcoholic drink (beer or liquor).  VSC?  I've wiped them down and applied some Saphir reno but to no avail.  Thanks!

 

I'd be curious as to this solution as well. I've got some small spots on my Walnut Strands (perfect time to talk about this makeup on this thread...lol) that I wore to a wedding this weekend, which came either came from the not very likely grass setting or from the MUCH more likely playing bartender under the table. The spots aren't a death sentence by any means, but it'd be better if they were gone.

 

In my defense, only B&W were included at this wedding.

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Pretty much never get real life shoe compliments but got two today on my Leeds haha, I guess they are pretty eye catching.



These look great from this angle. Not a fan of the side though.

Has anyone tried any penny loafers from AE? Was debating between the Cavanaugh, Kenwood, and Lincoln Park. I would probably wear them with jeans/chinos, an oxford and blazer.

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF50021_1_40000000001_-1_
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Has anyone tried any penny loafers from AE? Was debating between the Cavanaugh, Kenwood, and Lincoln Park. I would probably wear them with jeans/chinos, an oxford and blazer.

I picked up a pair of tan Kenwood seconds this past spring and they became my go-to summer shoe. They are extremely comfortable and I wear them with everything including shorts.



With that said, I love the look of the Cavanaugh and have also been contemplating grabbing a pair in oxblood.
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How long do you wear a shoe indoors before taking them out for the first time? What's the break in period?
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I think it comes down to where one's comfort zone is (or ends) when straying from - for lack of a better term - "classic" rules of thumb/guidelines.  E.g., if you stick to shoes at least as dark or darker than your suit, walnut Strands are usually limited to a very light gray business suit or something casual and seasonal like seersucker (for which it is an acceptable, but probably no better than third or fourth choice behind white bucks, spectators, and possible tan loafers).

 

In a sport coat-and-tie context, I would most often be looking at a spring/summer combo.  Something else usually works better in the fall and winter.

 

So that leaves dress or more casual pants without tie.  And the idea of wearing a bal - regardless of broguing or color - in those circumstances seems a bit off to me.  Maybe I ought to just live a little.

 

So if someone is comfortable being among the "dapperest honchos wearing super-tight, blue-colored suits with walnut Strands," then go on and be yo' bad self.  Others of us will have to sit back and watch.

 

To be clear, I love wearing the shoe when the opportunity presents itself.  However, in my coat and tie every day world, the opportunities aren't often there. Therefore, for ME, it hasn't proved to be a very versatile shoe. 


I agree with most if this, but not the part about balmorals being more formal than bluchers. People with high arches tend to find balmorals difficult to fit, so the blucher is there to satisfy a fit need, and not necessarily a fashion statement. I recall reading somewhere once that the idea that a blucher is less formal than a balmoral is a fairly recent fashion interpretation.

 

To me, the style thing has more to do with the message than the strict rule. I have no trouble with walnut shoes and grey or blue dress trousers, provided there is consistency in the message they give. Walnut shoes tend to draw attention, and strands look fairly dressy, so to me they work with dress pants and even a SC. That slim-fit blue suit with walnut shoes look is all over J Crew, and I think it looks pretty good. However, when dressy shoes that draw attention are paired with jeans, it looks wrong to me. The shoes are screaming 'nicely tailored', and the jeans are saying 'relaxed casual', even when a SC is involved. The combination gives a mixed message. 

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Hey guys, just got my cordovan Daltons and I'm pretty excited. One of the boots looks slightly chewed up around the brogueing. Is this cause for concern?

 

Any opinions on this? Should I take issue with it for a factory first or no? These are my first brogues and first shell cordovans so I really don't know what to expect.

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So I went to the trunk show here in Chicago and I ended up ordering a Dundee in natural. I was so set in getting a pair of navy cordovan shoes, but the Park Avenue that they had on display in navy was almost black.

Anyway, can't wait to receive my new shoes.
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Any opinions on this? Should I take issue with it for a factory first or no? These are my first brogues and first shell cordovans so I really don't know what to expect.

 

If they are firsts, you should be completely satisfied with them.

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So I went to the trunk show here in Chicago and I ended up ordering a Dundee in natural. I was so set in getting a pair of navy cordovan shoes, but the Park Avenue that they had on display in navy was almost black.

Anyway, can't wait to receive my new shoes.

Photos man! smile.gif
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How long do you wear a shoe indoors before taking them out for the first time? What's the break in period?

I just hit the streets right away. Best way to break in shoes, IMO.
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Photos man! smile.gif

 

I didn't even think to take any--sorry! The Michigan Avenue store is pretty small, so it was enough work trying to walk around.

 

The Macneil was done in green, and it was a very attractive color--deep and dark. If the navy shell would have been the same instead of nearly black, I would have gotten the Dundee in navy without question. But since it was almost black, and I'm not crazy about black shoes, I decided against it.

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Just picked these up from ebay. They are called Eagle County Boots. They were manufactured in 2003 but the seller had never worn them.

I really like them. They can be worn with many different combos.
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Just picked these up from ebay. They are called Eagle County Boots. They were manufactured in 2003 but the seller had never worn them.

I really like them. They can be worn with many different combos.

Those are shell cordovan, aren't they???  The double soles are a give away.  They're definitely MTO'd. 

 

Edit: Just saw them on Ebay - merlot calf with black Dainite soles.  Still, pretty damned sweet!


Edited by FatTuesday - 11/10/14 at 5:08pm
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