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post #10411 of 53332
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Originally Posted by New Shoes1 View Post

This is for all the resident shell heads on this thread.   I've been thinking about adding a burgundy shoe to my collection, and your unadulterated love for all things shell has me wondering if I should bite the bullet and try a pair in shell.  My question is which style?  My primary use for the shoes will be with charcoal slacks and a jacket or a sweater, so more casual but dressy enough for a sport coat.  I also wear a charcoal suit pretty frequently, so that is a distinct possibililty, but I'm pretty wed to black shoes with that suit. 

 

Should I go with the long wing blucher?  Is it too dressy for just wearing with slacks and a sweater?  How about the Cambridge?  Is it dressy enough for a suit?  Too dressy for slacks and a sweater?  Any thoughts based on your experience?

 

Wingtips are inherently casual, while cap-toes are a bit formal for casual-wear.

 

The obvious choice is #8 Leeds.

 

A plain-toe best showcases shell IMO. The #8 will go with your charcoal suit nicely, as well as with casual wear.

post #10412 of 53332
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Originally Posted by MarioImpemba View Post

 

Wingtips are inherently casual, while cap-toes are a bit formal for casual-wear.

 

The obvious choice is #8 Leeds.

 

A plain-toe best showcases shell IMO. The #8 will go with your charcoal suit nicely, as well as with casual wear.

 

The Leeds is probably my least favorite AE.  If I were to do a plain toe, I might go Meermin (left to right:  Meermin; AE Leeds; Alden):

 

 


How versatile is the long wing blucher?

post #10413 of 53332

Though, I particularly like the look of the Park Avenue and the Fifth Ave.  I was wondering:  The cap on the Park Ave. the Fifth Ave. and the Fifth Street are all about equally placed.  Are these shoes all to be considered stubby and undesirable?  If so, why does AE still offer these models?
 

post #10414 of 53332
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Originally Posted by New Shoes1 View Post

 

The Leeds is probably my least favorite AE.  If I were to do a plain toe, I might go Meermin (left to right:  Meermin; AE Leeds; Alden):

 

 

 


How versatile is the long wing blucher?

I am of the opinion that the shell MacNeil can be worn with almost anything, but I may be crazy. 

post #10415 of 53332

It sounds like you already know what you want.

post #10416 of 53332
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Originally Posted by New Shoes1 View Post

The Leeds is probably my least favorite AE.  If I were to do a plain toe, I might go Meermin (left to right:  Meermin; AE Leeds; Alden):

How versatile is the long wing blucher?

Disclaimer: I'm right now wearing a pair of black shell Leeds (with denim) and think they're fantastic... but the "blobbiness" that everybody seems to detest about the shoe actually nicely balances out the fact that my feet are obscenely long and narrow.

I plan on my next shell purchase being a longwing gunboat of some kind. If the Macneil came in my size, I'd already have a pair in burgundy. I'd feel fine wearing it with everything from jeans to a sweater to an odd jacket... and probably up to a linen or seersucker or flannel suit.
post #10417 of 53332
My vote goes to the Cambridge in Burgundy.
post #10418 of 53332
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Originally Posted by New Shoes1 View Post

This is for all the resident shell heads on this thread.   I've been thinking about adding a burgundy shoe to my collection, and your unadulterated love for all things shell has me wondering if I should bite the bullet and try a pair in shell.  My question is which style?  My primary use for the shoes will be with charcoal slacks and a jacket or a sweater, so more casual but dressy enough for a sport coat.  I also wear a charcoal suit pretty frequently, so that is a distinct possibililty, but I'm pretty wed to black shoes with that suit. 

 

Should I go with the long wing blucher?  Is it too dressy for just wearing with slacks and a sweater?  How about the Cambridge?  Is it dressy enough for a suit?  Too dressy for slacks and a sweater?  Any thoughts based on your experience?

 

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Originally Posted by MarioImpemba View Post

Wingtips are inherently casual, while cap-toes are a bit formal for casual-wear.

 

The obvious choice is #8 Leeds.

 

A plain-toe best showcases shell IMO. The #8 will go with your charcoal suit nicely, as well as with casual wear.

 

I agree 100% with MarioImpemba. However since you do not like the Leeds, sigh... yes the Cambridge will work. Honestly I think it boils down to what ever you are comfortable with given the environment your in and self imposed restrictions. As MarioImpemba and many others have said, nothing showcases shell as well as a plain toe. The Dundee is supposed to be available again after the current AE sale and a #8 Dundee would work as well as the Leeds. But a bit warmer in the heat of the summer of course. High on Friday will be 33F where I am camping and grouse hunting so heat isn't so much of an issue for me much of the year. 

post #10419 of 53332

I had been lusting after the Rutledge in burnished brown but after a lot of contemplating I decided against it since I do not wear suits very often. I may in the near future but for now I will wait on getting a brown captoe. I opted to get something that can be dressed up or down and pulled the trigger on a pair of chocolate Daltons this morning. They are seconds so we will see how they turn out but I'm hoping for the best. I love the walnut color but I think the chocolate is a better choice for me right now, as it is arguably more versatile.

post #10420 of 53332

double post

post #10421 of 53332
Quick question. Trying to decide which would better fill out my collection. Right now I wear black Delrays, a burgundy captoe Cole Haan, and for casual I have some Clarks. I'm looking to add a walnut and am looking at Strand or McAllister as I get an awesome deal through the military AAFES site. Would the wingtip be better to round it out or does it matter? I will wear these with more casual suits, no tie, sportcoat, etc. I like the looks of both of them, just trying to be diverse. Thanks!
post #10422 of 53332
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Originally Posted by MarioImpemba View Post

It sounds like you already know what you want.

 

Only as it relates to the Leeds, not a plain toe blucher in general.  If I'm going to spend the money, I guess I want to get the shoe with the most versatility for what I wear.  So, the general consensus seems to be get the PTB if you want the most versatile shoe.

post #10423 of 53332
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Originally Posted by amathew View Post

Does anyone have any AE belts? Can you comment on their quality?

I'm the type to buyer cheap belts under $30 but am thinking about splurging on a decent quality belt in the $60-$120 range

The AE belts are very nice. I have several of the wide basic dress belts, a Belt Creek belt, and a couple of their more casual belts. All are top quality and they don't crack like some of the cheaper belts I have owned. I treat mine with AE Leather Lotion periodically and they look great for a long time.

Chris
post #10424 of 53332

Not sure if its been posted, but I just noticed there's a new Strand on the AE site.

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF1616_1_40000000001_-1

post #10425 of 53332
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Originally Posted by New Shoes1 View Post

This is for all the resident shell heads on this thread.   I've been thinking about adding a burgundy shoe to my collection, and your unadulterated love for all things shell has me wondering if I should bite the bullet and try a pair in shell.  My question is which style?  My primary use for the shoes will be with charcoal slacks and a jacket or a sweater, so more casual but dressy enough for a sport coat.  I also wear a charcoal suit pretty frequently, so that is a distinct possibililty, but I'm pretty wed to black shoes with that suit. 

Should I go with the long wing blucher?  Is it too dressy for just wearing with slacks and a sweater?  How about the Cambridge?  Is it dressy enough for a suit?  Too dressy for slacks and a sweater?  Any thoughts based on your experience?

For the stated uses, you could get away with a PTB, LWB, or a shortwing balmoral. Personally, given your stated uses, I'd get a blucher. And of course I'd go with shell - from Alden or AE or C&J. I have various pairs of shell, in various colors, in PTBs, LWBs, and shortwing bals (mostly Alden, but some AE and C&J) and the PTB is easily the most versatile.
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