Have you seen the Carlyle in person? Damn good looking shoe sir. I would get the Carlyle if simple is what you're going for.
I have, it is a great looking shoe, I love how plain and understated it is.
Sure. Not that I won't break my own rules, but I don't believe I have. Here are my reasons:
1) Hadn't worn them in a while 2) Walnut Wednesday 3) the sun is out after a storm and it was 70° earlier 3) these are being worn with odd trousers and jacket with tie. I believe what I said, was that I had no desire to wear them with a dark suit. If not, that is what I meant. The discussion was also originally about walnut brogues, which I definitely have no interest in wearing with these trousers.
To be honest, I am a tad bit uncomfortable today. If it hadn't been walnut Wednesday, I would of worn chili.
I will say that these look even better in person. I think they're one of the nicest styles from AE in the past few years. And they're comfortable as hell.