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I personally just won't, can't give up eating pork. I lived in Qatar for a year and living without bacon and other porky goodness made me realize pork is my preferred meat. I always thought before that assignment that beef was my favorite meat.
I hear you, brother. My mother told me once that our family could've been vegetarian if char siu wasn't so damn tasty.
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Hmm, I wonder if I can get away without owning a black pair since I don't wear suits for work

As a 34-year-old data point I'll second ultravisitor up there -- if I weren't in black tie on a monthly basis, I wouldn't own any black shoes. Even for a job interview or to get married, I'd happily wear some mirror-polished merlot captoes.
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I'm 32. You're right, I never really go to black tie affairs and what not. I don't wear a suit to work and when I do wear a suit to say a wedding or a formal function, I have dark brown to walnut colors.

Hmm, I wonder if I can get away without owning a black pair since I don't wear suits for work


For weddings, funerals, and other big events that occur in all our lives, there is no real substitute for a black shoe. For that reason, I think every man should have at least one pair in the closet. The Hanover was a wholecut that looked impressive on-line; maybe wait to find one on the shoebank (I don't know if any are still around on closeout), and put a mirror shine on the heel and toebox. I don't wear black shoes for work or for casual, but I pull them out a few times every year. When black shoes are appropriate, they are so much more appropriate than dark brown, mahogany, etc.

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Maybe not ugly, but its very plain in black.  Cap broguing is lost in the black.  I wouldn't buy it, but thats my opinion.  

It comes down to how you wear it, or are "expected to wear it".  If you are a younger guy (which I assume you are) and have the need to wear a black shoe, something with more details or a better looking more chiseled last would probably work better for you.    

If I'm going to wear a black shoe (being 31 yrs old) and knowing that I am never invited to a "proper black tie affair", I'm wearing whatever I want.  Being black it won't be a "look at me shoe", but you'll be a lot happier with what you wear.  
We all know 95+% of the people at a given event won't be analyzing your shoes anyways....
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I'm 32. You're right, I never really go to black tie affairs and what not. I don't wear a suit to work and when I do wear a suit to say a wedding or a formal function, I have dark brown to walnut colors.

Hmm, I wonder if I can get away without owning a black pair since I don't wear suits for work

I think if you have the means, it would be good to own a pair of black bals for the rare occasions that you attend a formal event. If you are looking for a pair of sleeker black bals, affiliate vendor Skoaktiebolaget has some Carmina Rain lasted captoe bals that look great and cost the same as AE at MSRP even with shipping from Sweden (although their sizes are pretty limited right now). I rarely need to wear black bals and have just one pair for those occasions (maybe 2~3 times a year). It's a pair of Peal & Co captoes that are not very sleek (maybe less sleek than AE 5-last) and I've been toying with the idea of getting the Carmina to replace them as my one black formal shoes.

This Carmina:
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I've been eating a lot of steak, but thinking crocodile meat might be the next big thing for me.
I heard peccary is a distant cousin of the pig. Shouldn't veer from pork taste I assume. Need to put that on the menu too. Lol.
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My brother and sister in law are super strict vegans. I respect their commitment, but they won't wear leather, silk, or even wool under any circumstances.
Of course I was only joking wrt blaming vegans for the shortage of leather :-)

I too respect the decisions made by folks like your brother and sister in law. Not only do they "give up" eating meat but I can imagine the difficulty they have when they travel or even eat out. Really takes a lot of commitment.

I personally just won't, can't give up eating pork. I lived in Qatar for a year and living without bacon and other porky goodness made me realize pork is my preferred meat. I always thought before that assignment that beef was my favorite meat.

 

I just received my new full stand up freezer and will be ordering a grass fed/grass finished cow...butchered of course.. and a heritage varietal pig..probably Berkshire for the first go round...so I am doing my  part! Viva la meat!

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Hmm, I wonder if I can get away without owning a black pair since I don't wear suits for work

 

I'm 38, and I don't have a black pair of dress shoes. I just don't need them, as I don't wear suits for work and don't need to go conservative in my dress. It'd be nice to have a pair, sure, but it'd be nice to have lots of different shoes. I'd just rather have shoes that would actually get worn. I don't have so much money that I can afford to spend money on a pair that will sit in the closet and never be worn.

 

I only wear suits to funerals and weddings at this point which is why I bought my park or fifth ave used on ebay for dirt cheap...I wear it so little I do not recall which I have...but I am always glad it is there for when I need it. I do not even recall what I paid for it...maybe $75 maybe less?

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I think if you have the means, it would be good to own a pair of black bals for the rare occasions that you attend a formal event. If you are looking for a pair of sleeker black bals, affiliate vendor Skoaktiebolaget has some Carmina Rain lasted captoe bals that look great and cost the same as AE at MSRP even with shipping from Sweden (although their sizes are pretty limited right now). I rarely need to wear black bals and have just one pair for those occasions (maybe 2~3 times a year). It's a pair of Peal & Co captoes that are not very sleek (maybe less sleek than AE 5-last) and I've been toying with the idea of getting the Carmina to replace them as my one black formal shoes.

This Carmina:

 

I have these and love them, but love the same version on the Rain last even more:

 

 

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I might get flamed for this but am I the only one who regrets buying the fifth avenue in black? I have the brooks brother version but I'm going to be honest, it's not a sleek shoe, it looks like something my old uncle or grand father would wear. I rarely wear it because despite being a very comfortable shoe I find it ugly.

I was wearing my chili today and thought hey this is really sleek. Should I get the lasalle in black? Or maybe the caryle? Or am I doomed to think Black dress shoes are boring because I made a bad purchase?

Flame suit on. Come at me bro's:slayer:

 

 

I only wear them to weddings and funerals, but I wish I had bought a Park Ave instead of the 5th Ave, but I also managed a good deal on seconds. I'll probably sell them as they're too small and have only worn them 5 times at most... they're the reason I went back and got refitted about a year ago.

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I only wear suits to funerals and weddings at this point which is why I bought my park or fifth ave used on ebay for dirt cheap...I wear it so little I do not recall which I have...but I am always glad it is there for when I need it. I do not even recall what I paid for it...maybe $75 maybe less?

 



Did the exact same. Black PAs for around $70, hardly used. My first AE's too. Even got married in them though I was trying hard for brown.

I think I might upgrade and get some Black Harrions when the next shoebank sale rolls around. Fit me much better and more comfortable too. Again, only needed a few times a year.
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I only wear suits to funerals and weddings at this point which is why I bought my park or fifth ave used on ebay for dirt cheap...I wear it so little I do not recall which I have...but I am always glad it is there for when I need it. I do not even recall what I paid for it...maybe $75 maybe less?

 

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I also managed a good deal on seconds.

 

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Did the exact same. Black PAs for around $70, hardly used. 

 

I know for a fact that right now you can find at least one pair of very favorably priced black PA seconds in the marketplace.

 

A fact.

 

Yep, they are definitely there.

 

(whistling)

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Krause boots today (made by AE for Wolverine):

 

 

The ensemble is a little Christmas-y, perhaps, but whatevs . . . all I know is that these boots are stupid comfortable.

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Krause boots today (made by AE for Wolverine):

 

 

The ensemble is a little Christmas-y, perhaps, but whatevs . . . all I know is that these boots are stupid comfortable.

 

Those are sweet! I wish i could get my hands on some cord. 1000 mile boots.

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Krause boots today (made by AE for Wolverine):

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

The ensemble is a little Christmas-y, perhaps, but whatevs . . . all I know is that these boots are stupid comfortable.

 

Those are sweet! I wish i could get my hands on some cord. 1000 mile boots.

 

Thanks.  Shell-wise, last year I was lucky enough to score a pair of the 744 LTD from Wingtip.  Terrific boot and a unique color ("No. 449"), and also comfortable as hell.  And, I have half an eye open for a 721 LTD if a pair in my size shows up on the secondary market.

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I might get flamed for this but am I the only one who regrets buying the fifth avenue in black? I have the brooks brother version but I'm going to be honest, it's not a sleek shoe, it looks like something my old uncle or grand father would wear. I rarely wear it because despite being a very comfortable shoe I find it ugly.

I was wearing my chili today and thought hey this is really sleek. Should I get the lasalle in black? Or maybe the caryle? Or am I doomed to think Black dress shoes are boring because I made a bad purchase?

Flame suit on. Come at me bro's:slayer:

Hey no worries you don't like them that is fine....I said I didn't like alden longwing in the Alden thread and survived...trust me that's a lot more scary than bashing the fifth ave...biggrin.gif


I'm not a routine poster here as I am Aldenaholic, but dude, how is a perf cap toe bal ugly??  It's a simple dress shoe with some perforations.  I get that some feel the cap is a little on the short/small side, but I've been waiting to get the correct size and snag the Fifth Av.  I think it's a solid, very traditional AE make up.  Maybe that's what makes it unappealing to you, the fact that it is a timeless classic which doesn't go out of style (Grandfathers and grandsons can both wear them).  AE's Fifth Av, Park Av, McAllister, and Strand are classics that aren't likely to be discontinued like so many other AE models.

 

When someone asks me for dress shoe recommendations that aren't completely off -the-wall expensive, those are the ones I always suggest.  :stirpot:  There, that wasn't so bad, was it??

 

@kahuna you should be flamed for expressing such blasphemy about the Alden LWB!  :nodding:  I'd say they're about equally scary! ;)

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Damn vegans. First it's shortage of horse, now it's cows.

We have to eat more meat guys. In a few years will all end up wearing synthetics.

Of course there is always always baby llama, peccary and other exotics from the higher end shoe makers. Hehe.

 With proper care and a solid rotation, my shell makeups will last me multiple lifetimes. 

;)

 

 

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The walnut Hale has been brought back from the archives.  Available in AE's clearance section.  I own this shoe and love it.  It's on the 8 last.

 

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