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You think they can handle being dressed down to the casual side of business casual well? 

I don't think balmorals look particularly good with cotton pants pr jeans unless they're clearly casual (suede or distressed leather like mctavish)

I'd go for the Lexington if I were you. They are the only AE shoes that can really go either dressy or casual. A bit boring, maybe, but safe and versatile.

Or if you're open to buying factory seconds, there are many more choices available from the Shoebank...
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You think they can handle being dressed down to the casual side of business casual well? 


Yes! The wingtips/full brogue go great with your biz casual environment, and with a pair of khakis or even dark jeans you'll be the best dressed guy in the room.  I suggest that is never a bad thing!  I've been known to rock a brogue with dark jeans out to the bars on Saturday night...

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I don't think balmorals look particularly good with cotton pants pr jeans unless they're clearly casual (suede or distressed leather like mctavish)

I'd go for the Lexington if I were you. They are the only AE shoes that can really go either dressy or casual. A bit boring, maybe, but safe and versatile.

Or if you're open to buying factory seconds, there are many more choices available from the Shoebank...
Another vote here for McTavish, I wear mine with slim chinos, denim mainly -awesome look. I have the Natural Tan and the Cognac. J
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Larchmonts today:

 

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You think they can handle being dressed down to the casual side of business casual well? 

And Merlot is actually my favorite color of the McAllister, but I was worried it wouldn't be quite as versatile as Brown.

Yes. The "rules" (no balmorals with jeans) are less and less true these days. It takes the right pair of jeans to pull it off, but I regularly wear McAllisters with jeans.

Merlot is actually more versatile, in my opinion. It looks better with jeans than brown, and works beautifully with everything else.

I love (but do not own) the University in Bob's Chili, myself, and the intrigue of the U-wing brings down the formality level enough where you can definitely wear those with jeans or business casual, too.
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Originally Posted by peppercorn78 View Post

I don't think balmorals look particularly good with cotton pants pr jeans unless they're clearly casual (suede or distressed leather like mctavish)

I'd go for the Lexington if I were you. They are the only AE shoes that can really go either dressy or casual. A bit boring, maybe, but safe and versatile.

Or if you're open to buying factory seconds, there are many more choices available from the Shoebank...

I disagree - the Lexington is a nice shoe but it's boring. For someone's first pair of AE, go with something more interesting. Plus, as I said above, not everyone adheres to the "no balmorals with jeans" thing. I see your point re: truly casual shoes like the Neumok or McTavish, but I don't think the McAllister or University are too far down the formal scale for them to be worn with a nice pair of dark, cuffed jeans.

He wants something primarily for business casual with occasional jeans or casual wear, and for that I think a McAllister or University will do nicely.
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Yes! The wingtips/full brogue go great with your biz casual environment, and with a pair of khakis or even dark jeans you'll be the best dressed guy in the room.  I suggest that is never a bad thing!  I've been known to rock a brogue with dark jeans out to the bars on Saturday night...

I think the Mcgregor in either bourbon or chili.  I don't own either one but have been coveting them for a while.

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I think the Mcgregor in either bourbon or chili.  I don't own either one but have been coveting them for a while.

Yes, great choice, but those are not on sale. He wanted a pair from the sale pricing.
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I think wearing balmorals casually has a lot to do with the specific balmorals:

Smooth captoe, single sole? Pretty formal looking shoe

Full brogue wingtip, double oak sole? Can lean towards the casual.

This is certainly a blurred line area and I think reserving judgment for specific shoes. Also, color plays a role here, but thats a different discussion. On a separate point, I think I might rather wear Crocs than the Lexington...


(Ok, that thing I said about Crocs might have been a little excessive, but I clearly have an adverse opinion on the Lexington...)
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Yes. The "rules" (no balmorals with jeans) are less and less true these days. It takes the right pair of jeans to pull it off, but I regularly wear McAllisters with jeans.

Merlot is actually more versatile, in my opinion. It looks better with jeans than brown, and works beautifully with everything else.

I love (but do not own) the University in Bob's Chili, myself, and the intrigue of the U-wing brings down the formality level enough where you can definitely wear those with jeans or business casual, too.
I disagree - the Lexington is a nice shoe but it's boring. For someone's first pair of AE, go with something more interesting. Plus, as I said above, not everyone adheres to the "no balmorals with jeans" thing. I see your point re: truly casual shoes like the Neumok or McTavish, but I don't think the McAllister or University are too far down the formal scale for them to be worn with a nice pair of dark, cuffed jeans.

He wants something primarily for business casual with occasional jeans or casual wear, and for that I think a McAllister or University will do nicely.


JS01...you and I agree yet again!  I wear my walnut McAlisters (wearing them today with a navy suit as well) regularly with dark navy jeans and a well fitting button down...great look!  While I wouldn't wear Park Avenues with jeans...blindly adhering to old rules such as no balmorals with jeans is super short sighted...

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Cool spring day AE choice has relevance to recent discussion. Casual bals with faded denim.

 

 

Not shown above, salmony pink spread collar shirt.

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While I am pontificating on things no one asked my opinion about, is anyone else slightly underwhelmed by the current sale? I just didnt see anything interesting. I will concede that this is probably due to the fact that I am well covered in most of the basics, but I was still hoping for something to make me say, "Wow!"
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While I am pontificating on things no one asked my opinion about, is anyone else slightly underwhelmed by the current sale? I just didnt see anything interesting. I will concede that this is probably due to the fact that I am well covered in most of the basics, but I was still hoping for something to make me say, "Wow!"


I agree. I'm waiting patiently for a Rogue in Dark Chili, but am not sure whether Nordstrom will put it on sale during their July sale or whether I'll hold off until AE's October RDA sale.

 

That said, my wallet is already afraid for that sale, because I'm sure I'll find other things I like by then (plus, their new styles will be out by then, I think, and last I heard of or saw them, they were very tempting).

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Anyone else notice that the Brooks Brothers models are showing up on the shoebank search? I just called and ordered a pair of Dark Chili Warwicks!

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Originally Posted by Brown Dynamite View Post
 

Anyone else notice that the Brooks Brothers models are showing up on the shoebank search? I just called and ordered a pair of Dark Chili Warwicks!

 

Yea...had to resist the Shaker Heights

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Great read thank you all! I'm leaning towards the Merlot McAllister for sure. Honestly I may never wear them with jeans, I'm already planning another purchase for derby wingtip walnut shoes for more casual dress.
I want to avoid seconds only because I don't love near an outlet and don't want to have to cover restock/shipping if needed.

Does anyone have a decent picture of the Merlot McAllister with chinos? I want to make sure it doesnt look weird to me before ordering.
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