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Yea...had to resist the Shaker Heights

 

Several pairs of first-quality Shakers on Amazon for $175-188!  http://www.amazon.com/Allen-Edmonds-Mens-Shaker-Heights/dp/B00JAI353M

 

I don't think they made these in 3E? @peppercorn78 what size are yours?

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Yea...had to resist the Shaker Heights

Agreed.  Brooks Strand in walnut for $159 is a great deal.

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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.

Would you say the u wing actually make them less formal than the w wing of McAllister? I would assume they would be the same or slightly more formal since they have a bit less lines and a slight resemblance to half brogue/Strands.
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Several pairs of first-quality Shakers on Amazon for $175-188!  http://www.amazon.com/Allen-Edmonds-Mens-Shaker-Heights/dp/B00JAI353M

I don't think they made these in 3E? @peppercorn78
 what size are yours?

10.5 3E, baby. Amazon only stocks 3E in about half of the styles...
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It's a bank and their policy is black suits (hideous, I know) along with a blue shirt and a tie. They don't have a policy stating I have to wear black shoes so I figured I would try some color so I don't look like I am going to court.
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10.5 3E, baby. Amazon only stocks 3E in about half of the styles...

 

Figures. There are only Brooks 5th Aves in our size and a Brooks Presidio in 11 3E.

 

I find the following offering at Brooks interesting, although only in D. Shows the power of the MTO?  Presenting the Linen Carlyle:

 

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Yeah, OP will be best off wearing black shoes only with black suits. Those McGregors are nice, but should be worn with more casual, light-colored suits or pants.

It's a bank and their policy is black suits (hideous, I know) along with a blue shirt and a tie. They don't have a policy stating I have to wear black shoes so I figured I would try some color so I don't look like I am going to court.[/quote]
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It's a bank and their policy is black suits (hideous, I know) along with a blue shirt and a tie. They don't have a policy stating I have to wear black shoes so I figured I would try some color so I don't look like I am going to court.

Go for it then! Let us know how it pans out.

I would personally recommend against it, though. Banks are conservative environments and blue suede longwings are as casual as you can get without wearing sneakers
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Go for it then! Let us know how it pans out.

I would personally recommend against it, though. Banks are conservative environments and blue suede longwings are as casual as you can get without wearing sneakers


"Don't you....step on my blue suede shoes!"

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"Don't you....step on my blue suede shoes!"
Hey bro, I've got a pair!

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Go for it then! Let us know how it pans out.

I would personally recommend against it, though. Banks are conservative environments and blue suede longwings are as casual as you can get without wearing sneakers

Nonsense! I'm wearing my navy suede players as we speak with grey pants and they look fine. smile.gif
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Nonsense! I'm wearing my navy suede players as we speak with grey pants and they look fine. smile.gif

Would you wear them to work in a bank with a black suit?
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Would you wear them to work in a bank with a black suit?

Nah. Too much going on IMO
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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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Would you say the u wing actually make them less formal than the w wing of McAllister? I would assume they would be the same or slightly more formal since they have a bit less lines and a slight resemblance to half brogue/Strands.

 

I think, given your needs, that a Merlot McAllister will be the ideal choice. You can wear them with jeans if you want (even though some people would prefer not to), but if you're mostly wearing business casual with slacks or chinos, the Merlot McAllister will probably be a good choice.

 

The u-wing of the University is a bit of an enigma for me - on the one hand, the u-wing makes me think it's more casual, since it's relatively unusual, and unusual things are generally less formal. On the other hand, the shape of the u-wing makes it a little bit more akin to a captoe, which is more formal. I don't really know what to think about the University in terms of formality. Sometimes I think it's more formal than the McAllister, sometimes I think it's less. Certainly the rubber Dainite sole and the ensuing contrast between the chili welt, the black Dainite sole, the chili edges on the heel, and the black rubber toplift on the heel, make it seem a little less formal in the sole/welt/edge department than the McAllister.

 

This is the closest thing I could find in terms of the picture you're looking for. These Merlot McAllisters look a little bit more red and less burgundy/purple than they usually look, to me.

 

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So glad these have returned.
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