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Hi everyone,

 

I am about to make a substantial upgrade to my shoe collection. I am switching teams at my job and will be working in a fairly formal environment (suits 5 days per week). Right now I am in a very relaxed, business casual environment and rock an assortment  of Cole Haans which are all on their last legs.

 

I plan to purchase 3 pairs of shoes and here are my current thoughts:

1) Captoe: Park Avenue in Black

2) Brogue: Either McAllister (wingtip) or Strand (captoe) - Not sure of color (McAllister in Brown/Walnut/Dark Chili/Merlot) (Strand in Brown/Walnut/Bourbon/Oxblood)

3) Plain: Carlyle - Again not sure of color (Oxblood/Walnut/Dark Chili/Bourbon/Brown)

 

I would like your expert opinions if this would be a good 3 shoe lineup. If you could also provide guidance on selecting colors between the McAllister/Strand and Carlyle I would appreciate it. 

 

My suits are: Navy, Charcoal and Grey as base colors

post #61262 of 70737
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Originally Posted by FlyMusic View Post
 

Hi everyone,

 

I am about to make a substantial upgrade to my shoe collection. I am switching teams at my job and will be working in a fairly formal environment (suits 5 days per week). Right now I am in a very relaxed, business casual environment and rock an assortment  of Cole Haans which are all on their last legs.

 

I plan to purchase 3 pairs of shoes and here are my current thoughts:

1) Captoe: Park Avenue in Black

2) Brogue: Either McAllister (wingtip) or Strand (captoe) - Not sure of color (McAllister in Brown/Walnut/Dark Chili/Merlot) (Strand in Brown/Walnut/Bourbon/Oxblood)

3) Plain: Carlyle - Again not sure of color (Oxblood/Walnut/Dark Chili/Bourbon/Brown)

 

I would like your expert opinions if this would be a good 3 shoe lineup. If you could also provide guidance on selecting colors between the McAllister/Strand and Carlyle I would appreciate it. 

 

My suits are: Navy, Charcoal and Grey as base colors

black pa

walnut strand

mcallister merlot

;)

post #61263 of 70737
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Originally Posted by FlyMusic View Post
 

Hi everyone,

 

I am about to make a substantial upgrade to my shoe collection. I am switching teams at my job and will be working in a fairly formal environment (suits 5 days per week). Right now I am in a very relaxed, business casual environment and rock an assortment  of Cole Haans which are all on their last legs.

 

I plan to purchase 3 pairs of shoes and here are my current thoughts:

1) Captoe: Park Avenue in Black

2) Brogue: Either McAllister (wingtip) or Strand (captoe) - Not sure of color (McAllister in Brown/Walnut/Dark Chili/Merlot) (Strand in Brown/Walnut/Bourbon/Oxblood)

3) Plain: Carlyle - Again not sure of color (Oxblood/Walnut/Dark Chili/Bourbon/Brown)

 

I would like your expert opinions if this would be a good 3 shoe lineup. If you could also provide guidance on selecting colors between the McAllister/Strand and Carlyle I would appreciate it. 

 

My suits are: Navy, Charcoal and Grey as base colors

 

The black PA and walnut Strand are staples of this thread. While nobody will argue the black PA is a classic, some will say walnut is not the best Strand color for suits. If you can wait, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale begins on July 17th at which point it was mentioned in this thread the PA and Strand should be available at $265.

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Originally Posted by BespokeBrooklyn View Post
 

I'm seeking some advice from you guys.  I am considering buying this pair of "bitter chocolate" suede Fifth Avenues.  Until now, suede shoes have been the sort of thing I've always admired on other guys, but haven't known how to wear myself.  

 

I am curious where, and with what, you guys would wear shoes like these.  I already have dark brown desert boots, "chili"-colored Allen Edmonds Daltons, and penny loafers, so I have several options to wear to events where I want to look like I care without looking overly formal.  Where might you wear these that you wouldn't wear those other shoes?  I work in a business-formal law office, so I doubt I would wear these to the office.  Would you wear these more in the fall than, say, loafers, which you may wear more often in the spring and summer?  Curious to hear what you guys have to say.

 

I bought these a few months ago when they were on sale. My office is business casual so I usually wear them with navy or forest green chinos. I also think they`d work well with a navy suit worn casually with no tie.

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I can definitely wait until July 17 to get the PA in black for $265.

 

The Carlyle and McAllister are both available in multiple colors in the Shoebank for $199. That is steering me away from the Strand and towards the McAllister.

 

If I went Carlyle and McAllister, how would you divide the colors between the two?

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Originally Posted by FlyMusic View Post

I can definitely wait until July 17 to get the PA in black for $265.

The Carlyle and McAllister are both available in multiple colors in the Shoebank for $199. That is steering me away from the Strand and towards the McAllister.

If I went Carlyle and McAllister, how would you divide the colors between the two?
I like chili for either the Strand or McAllister, or perhaps walnut.
For the Carlyle, I'd suggest something in the burgundy/oxblood/merlot family.
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Originally Posted by mreams99 View Post

I like chili for either the Strand or McAllister, or perhaps walnut.
For the Carlyle, I'd suggest something in the burgundy/oxblood/merlot family.

I like a bourbon strand and the Oxblood Carlyle. The strand in chili even dark is pretty different from the oxblood color but the bourbon would be more different.
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Agreed - Black PA, Bourbon Strand and Oxblood Carlyle are all winners, and make a really nice rotation.  Don't forget matching belts!

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Originally Posted by FlyMusic View Post

I can definitely wait until July 17 to get the PA in black for $265.

The Carlyle and McAllister are both available in multiple colors in the Shoebank for $199. That is steering me away from the Strand and towards the McAllister.

If I went Carlyle and McAllister, how would you divide the colors between the two?
Get a brown and a chili/merlot/burgundy. Also, I strongly suggest you look at the Jefferson for your brogued option- great deal at the shoebank at 199
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Originally Posted by FlyMusic View Post
 

Hi everyone,

 

I am about to make a substantial upgrade to my shoe collection. I am switching teams at my job and will be working in a fairly formal environment (suits 5 days per week). Right now I am in a very relaxed, business casual environment and rock an assortment  of Cole Haans which are all on their last legs.

 

I plan to purchase 3 pairs of shoes and here are my current thoughts:

1) Captoe: Park Avenue in Black

2) Brogue: Either McAllister (wingtip) or Strand (captoe) - Not sure of color (McAllister in Brown/Walnut/Dark Chili/Merlot) (Strand in Brown/Walnut/Bourbon/Oxblood)

3) Plain: Carlyle - Again not sure of color (Oxblood/Walnut/Dark Chili/Bourbon/Brown)

 

I would like your expert opinions if this would be a good 3 shoe lineup. If you could also provide guidance on selecting colors between the McAllister/Strand and Carlyle I would appreciate it. 

 

My suits are: Navy, Charcoal and Grey as base colors


I would skip the Park Ave and the Carlyle. There are very few occasions when a brown shoe wont look better than black in my opinion. Also, I own the Carlyle and use it as my formal wear shoe. With that said, it isnt a very versatile shoe. So, since you will wear brown more than anything, I would get the Jeffersons from the Shoebank (a steal at $197!!) in brown, and Strands in brown. Then I would add something in the chili/ merlot family, with the McAllister in Dark Chili being my choice.

 

Shoes with detail (broguing/ wingtip/ medallion caps) are more visually interesting and versatile, so a three shoe wardrobe can cover almost any situation.

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Forget the Carlisle and anything in walnut for a three shoe, suits everyday rotation.

Black captoe, brown punch cap, merlot / burg wingtip, perhaps in shell.
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Originally Posted by Count de Monet View Post

Forget the Carlisle and anything in walnut for a three shoe, suits everyday rotation.

Black captoe, brown punch cap, merlot / burg wingtip, perhaps in shell.


By "punch cap", do you mean a Fifth Avenue (or equivalent)?


Edited by RLeslieS - 6/30/15 at 8:40pm
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For the carlyle, I like bourbon, but that would be instead of a walnut. So it would be black/brown, merlot and bourbon
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One shoe that seems to get little love in this thread is the Delray.  I'm a fan.  Although it's a blucher, its long lines and simplicity of design make it suitable (in my view) for wearing with suits.   I think that a pair of brown or chili Delrays would be an excellent addition to a small rotation -- a good fourth shoe, maybe. 

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Hello, 

 

It was suggested by another member that I post on this thread instead, so here we go.

 

What do you guys think about this pair?

 

Allen Edmonds 'McAllister' Oxford WingTip

 

Looks good to me (with my very limited experience), the sole wear worry me a little bit, just want to get some opinions from other eyes. Price at $95 (shipped) From ebay

 

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