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Suede Big Surs on a sunny Friday:



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Originally Posted by smfdoc View Post

Let me throw a couple of thoughts into this discussion about formal versus informal. My experience that the vast majority of people wearing suits just throw anything in their feet as a "dress shoe." There are lots of cheap glued shoes with rubber soles at the bottom of suit slacks. While the readers of this forum certainly know finer footwear, the average person will never notice an Oxford versus a derby and make a decision about the level of formality.

Second, there are some people who use a list of criteria to determine the "formal" shoe and this places shoes that do not meet each criteria onto some scale of "informal." My experience is most of these criteria are based on "Sleekness." Oxfords are sleeker in appearance than derbys. Double oak soles are less sleek than a single oak. Somehow this applies to brogue as the plain cap toe is sleeker than the brogue covered shoe. I was told that I was mistaken that brogue patterns and mutliple layers of a wingtip was less fancy thank a plain cap toe.

This information was particularly frustrating to people like me who have yet to find an Oxford design that fits our feet. I certainly cannot justify a bespoke Oxford just to have a shoe that I can wear with a suit. I, and some others like me, have grown content with a fine leather AE derby shoe with a leather sole with our suits. Sometimes plain; sometimes with brogue. 95% or more of the people do not give a second thought to these "dress shoes." With a good polish, nice shine, proper edge coating, these will be just fine with a suit. Just my opinion based on observation. "Your mileage may vary."


Well said smfdoc, I share the same opinion on formal vs casual. Most people outside of SF don't even know bal vs blucher difference. With the help of folks here, I've come to know the differences but still wear what I like for e.g. I wear my shell macneils, bleecker st, mora 2  etc. with suits ( without tie) as well as sport coats without any second thoughts about their formality level . Of course, I also wear mcallister and shell strands  when I feel like it with suits. I generally don't wear strands and mcallister with chinos, jeans etc. as they feel more formal to me for such casual clothing.

And as always YMMV !

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Suede Big Surs on a sunny Friday:



 

That is very nice - love the sole on this shoe

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BB Macneil suede arrived from shoebank ...I was looking for a blucher in dark brown suede and these look perfect. though these are 2nds, I don't see any major issues with them other than some rough spots on the upper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

comparison against the snuff suede...

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Dundee 2.0 popped up on the ShoeBank in Navy and Snuff suede. Interesting.
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Ducked into BCF at Union Square here in NYC to avoid a torrential downpour...no intention of picking anything up, but lo' and behold, I found these burly but classy lookin' dead-stocked "Cascades" from a couple of years ago for $99.00! YES! I'd been wanting a black, rough-and-tumble boot (with looks) and son-of-a-bitch...THESE turn up! Fully recraftable (Yay!), Vibram Lug-Soled. PERFECT with jeans and a leather jacket!

 


Have TOO many outfits to deploy these with! :)

What a great score misterellington!

My brown pair see a lot of use in the winter which is a good part of the year for me. Out of all the shoes and boots I own my admin assistant commented one day when I was wearing the Cascades that they were very stylish shoes. I was standing and she couldn't see they were boots or the lug soles. It is the only time she has made a comment about any of my footwear.

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Suede Big Surs on a sunny Friday:




Nabbed the exact same pair myself a couple of weeks back and I LOVE 'EM!  I have a gorgeous, vintage Beaver Of Bolton tweed shooting jacket and a very nice Charles Tyrwhitt tan corduroy blazer I'm itching to deploy these with in the fall...although I may not wait. The shoes are THAT awesome looking. :)

 

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What a great score misterellington!

My brown pair see a lot of use in the winter which is a good part of the year for me. Out of all the shoes and boots I own my admin assistant commented one day when I was wearing the Cascades that they were very stylish shoes. I was standing and she couldn't see they were boots or the lug soles. It is the only time she has made a comment about any of my footwear.


Your previous posts about the Cascade were what piqued my interest in 'em. They strike a miraculous balance between rough-and-tumble AND dressy. They're such a chameleonic design in that they take on the relative characteristics of the outfit they're paired with. The thing that really struck me about 'em was the comfort. I don't know how AE did it, but the doggone things feel like a sneaker. I have a vintage pair of hi-top Converse “Weapons” from the late eighties that I've babied and the Cascades brought those to mind in terms of comfort.

 

I got VERRRRRRRRYYYY lucky. :)


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New Penny Loafer up - while the kirkwood hit a nice medium between boat shoe and beefroll - I think this one is a miss. Not a fan of the contrast stitching on the bottom side of the mask - has a Montello Ribbed sole not pictured  Made in USA

 

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and the bates -i like the informal nature of the contrast stitching but not sure about the bar piece? looks sewn poorly and crooked Montello Ribbed sole not pictured

 

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New Penny Loafer up - while the kirkwood hit a nice medium between boat shoe and beefroll - I think this one is a miss. Not a fan of the contrast stitching on the bottom side of the mask - has a Montello Ribbed sole not pictured  Made in USA

 

 

I'm curious to see this one in person. I think it could be a really cool loafer actually. Reminiscent of the Duke, which was really popular.

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Speaking of upcoming models: Yesterday the SA at my local store said that the First Ave. boot may offer a shearling lined model. I thought I had all my boot slots filled, but this could be the answer to my FREEZING feet all winter long. The problem being I will look pretty stupid with a bunch of boots that are practically new that I never wear; so maybe this is a bad idea? biggrin.gif
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Speaking of upcoming models: Yesterday the SA at my local store said that the First Ave. boot may offer a shearling lined model. I thought I had all my boot slots filled, but this could be the answer to my FREEZING feet all winter long. The problem being I will look pretty stupid with a bunch of boots that are practically new that I never wear; so maybe this is a bad idea? biggrin.gif


Nonsense! That's like saying a guy has too many tools in the garage just because he does not use them all the time.

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New Penny Loafer up - while the kirkwood hit a nice medium between boat shoe and beefroll - I think this one is a miss. Not a fan of the contrast stitching on the bottom side of the mask - has a Montello Ribbed sole not pictured  Made in USA

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

I'm curious to see this one in person. I think it could be a really cool loafer actually. Reminiscent of the Duke, which was really popular.

Excited to see they are using 100% veg tanned leather - between this and CF Stead Suede they are upping their leather game...not that we can MTO it...or that beautiful navy,red,green CXL....UGH

 

Something on this shoe is just off to me like I said the Contrast stitching on the side or the stitching running into the mask..

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Excited to see they are using 100% veg tanned leather - between this and CF Stead Suede they are upping their leather game...not that we can MTO it...or that beautiful navy,red,green CXL....UGH

 

Something on this shoe is just off to me like I said the Contrast stitching on the side or the stitching running into the mask..

 

Nothing some brown shoe cream can't fix :)

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