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post #32806 of 53443
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Originally Posted by GeneralW View Post
 

Ah I see, well PA in Black and Strand in Walnut seem to be the best choices IMO although I know you said you won't get much use out of the PAs.

 

In terms of showing off the color, I personally think walnut is too light and playful to be paired with FAs which a quite formal shoes, at least for your first pair that you're going to be wearing to the office a lot. However, if you don't want to keep the Black PAs then I guess Walnut FAs and Brown Strands are the only option.

 

Yeah, my dress code at work is a little weird [and unfortunate] - I pretty much have to wear a tie every day, but I don't have to be in a suit. I don't yet own a single blazer [working on that], so I end up wearing dress pants + dress shirt + tie (I know, I know - tie without a jacket = bad look. I'm working on it). Even on days when I need to be in a suit, my boss is definitely fine with something that doesn't necessarily call for black cap toes.

 

The only shoes I can't return are the burgundy Sanfords (got them off of eBay slightly used for $70. Been wearing them a lot out of necessity and the price was great, but honestly I'm not sure I'll ever buy a pair of bluchers again - I just vastly prefer balmorals).

 

The other two A-Es I have (black PA + walnut 5th) I got during the 2/$250 sale and haven't worn yet, so I could swap them both if I wanted to. I know the general consensus is Walnut -> Strand. I also have a pair of unworn black Magnanni cap toes that I can return.

 

 

So basically my first-world problem is three-fold:

 

1) Are the Magnannis worth the $130 I paid for them? If so, I can keep them and definitely send back the PAs for something else.

 

2) If not, do I send back the black PAs regardless? (i.e., even though black isn't my favorite color and I don't need black cap toes very often if ever, is it a bad idea to not have a single pair of black dress shoes?)

 

3) Do I swap my walnut FAs for walnut Strands? I'd like my shoes to be as versatile as possible, and walnut Strands probably win there.

post #32807 of 53443
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Originally Posted by mastrgdnsr View Post
 

This is good advice. I have a pair of Cliftons and a pair of MacNeils, and they are different sizes. Don't assume that the same size in different lasts will fit your feet.

 

I can second this as well, 13D in last 7 definitely feels totally different than in last 5.

post #32808 of 53443
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Originally Posted by 850csi View Post

Yeah, my dress code at work is a little weird [and unfortunate] - I pretty much have to wear a tie every day, but I don't have to be in a suit. I don't yet own a single blazer [working on that], so I end up wearing dress pants + dress shirt + tie (I know, I know - tie without a jacket = bad look. I'm working on it). Even on days when I need to be in a suit, my boss is definitely fine with something that doesn't necessarily call for black cap toes.

The only shoes I can't return are the burgundy Sanfords (got them off of eBay slightly used for $70. Been wearing them a lot out of necessity and the price was great, but honestly I'm not sure I'll ever buy a pair of bluchers again - I just vastly prefer balmorals).

The other two A-Es I have (black PA + walnut 5th) I got during the 2/$250 sale and haven't worn yet, so I could swap them both if I wanted to. I know the general consensus is Walnut -> Strand. I also have a pair of unworn black Magnanni cap toes that I can return.


So basically my first-world problem is three-fold:

1) Are the Magnannis worth the $130 I paid for them? If so, I can keep them and definitely send back the PAs for something else.

2) If not, do I send back the black PAs regardless? (i.e., even though black isn't my favorite color and I don't need black cap toes very often if ever, is it a bad idea to not have a single pair of black dress shoes?)

3) Do I swap my walnut FAs for walnut Strands? I'd like my shoes to be as versatile as possible, and walnut Strands probably win there.

I think you have a few options.

Option 1: Involves saving $130. Return the Magnannis and go with brown PAs and walnut Strands. Walnut strands are super versatile and I think many will agree that they wear them in many different situations. The brown PAs allow you to have a more formal shoe when necessary, but one you'll wear more than a black PA. For the most part, a brown PA will work in every situation that would normally call for a black PA, other than a black suit/tux.

Option 2: Keep the Magnannis as your black cap toe. It's not as "nice" of a shoe as a PA, but if you aren't wearing it much anyway, it won't matter as much. It will definitely fit the bill for anytime you wear a charcoal/grey/black suit.

Then you can use the 2 for $250 to buy two pair of shoe's you'll wear a lot. That could be walnut Strands and brown 5th Ave maybe? Maybe a brown loafer of some type if you don't wear suits very much? Brown loafers would look nice with chinos and a blazer in my opinion. You can decide what you like, but I'd definitely go with walnut strands regardless of which option you go with.

Just my $0.02.
post #32809 of 53443
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Originally Posted by DJTraveler View Post
 

New Webgems are up.  A mixture of holiday-themed and golf shoes.  Not a big fan of this release.

 

 

 

Interesting they would create a Dark Blue Neumok... there really isnt anything drastically different than the current version they have in their line. I wonder if its a different type of leather- I know my MTO Neumoks were made with a darker blue leather that is nothing like the inline Neumok.

 

Anyone have a live action shot of the Green and Red Neumoks?

post #32810 of 53443
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Originally Posted by Dillardiv View Post


I think you have a few options.

Option 1: Involves saving $130. Return the Magnannis and go with brown PAs and walnut Strands. Walnut strands are super versatile and I think many will agree that they wear them in many different situations. The brown PAs allow you to have a more formal shoe when necessary, but one you'll wear more than a black PA. For the most part, a brown PA will work in every situation that would normally call for a black PA, other than a black suit/tux.

Option 2: Keep the Magnannis as your black cap toe. It's not as "nice" of a shoe as a PA, but if you aren't wearing it much anyway, it won't matter as much. It will definitely fit the bill for anytime you wear a charcoal/grey/black suit.

Then you can use the 2 for $250 to buy two pair of shoe's you'll wear a lot. That could be walnut Strands and brown 5th Ave maybe? Maybe a brown loafer of some type if you don't wear suits very much? Brown loafers would look nice with chinos and a blazer in my opinion. You can decide what you like, but I'd definitely go with walnut strands regardless of which option you go with.

Just my $0.02.

He doesn't have the option of picking Brown PAs or FAs.

post #32811 of 53443
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Originally Posted by GeneralW View Post

He doesn't have the option of picking Brown PAs or FAs.

Ah, I didn't think about availability from the Shoe Bank when writing that post.
post #32812 of 53443
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Originally Posted by ScottyBoy920 View Post

Interesting they would create a Dark Blue Neumok... there really isnt anything drastically different than the current version they have in their line. I wonder if its a different type of leather- I know my MTO Neumoks were made with a darker blue leather that is nothing like the inline Neumok.

Anyone have a live action shot of the Green and Red Neumoks?

As to the 'darker blue' Neumoks, I'm wearing my 'regular' blue ones today, and after some conditioning-lotion, mine are every bit as dark as the webgems. But what I do see, is that the stitching appears almost white on the webgems, versus beige/tan on the originals. Only difference I see.

post #32813 of 53443
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Originally Posted by ScottyBoy920 View Post
 

 

Interesting they would create a Dark Blue Neumok... there really isnt anything drastically different than the current version they have in their line. I wonder if its a different type of leather- I know my MTO Neumoks were made with a darker blue leather that is nothing like the inline Neumok.

 

Anyone have a live action shot of the Green and Red Neumoks?

 

 

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Originally Posted by BCer View Post


As to the 'darker blue' Neumoks, I'm wearing my 'regular' blue ones today, and after some conditioning-lotion, mine are every bit as dark as the webgems. But what I do see, is that the stitching appears almost white on the webgems, versus beige/tan on the originals. Only difference I see.

 

 

The Webgem has white welt stitching, and traditional single leather soles, rather than the butyl leather sole that the Neumok has.  The colors may or may not be much different, but one is called "dark blue" and one is "navy."  Their photos are notoriously inaccurate, but for what it's worth, they do look like slightly different colors.

post #32814 of 53443
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Originally Posted by Dillardiv View Post


I think you have a few options.

Option 1: Involves saving $130. Return the Magnannis and go with brown PAs and walnut Strands. Walnut strands are super versatile and I think many will agree that they wear them in many different situations. The brown PAs allow you to have a more formal shoe when necessary, but one you'll wear more than a black PA. For the most part, a brown PA will work in every situation that would normally call for a black PA, other than a black suit/tux.

Option 2: Keep the Magnannis as your black cap toe. It's not as "nice" of a shoe as a PA, but if you aren't wearing it much anyway, it won't matter as much. It will definitely fit the bill for anytime you wear a charcoal/grey/black suit.

Then you can use the 2 for $250 to buy two pair of shoe's you'll wear a lot. That could be walnut Strands and brown 5th Ave maybe? Maybe a brown loafer of some type if you don't wear suits very much? Brown loafers would look nice with chinos and a blazer in my opinion. You can decide what you like, but I'd definitely go with walnut strands regardless of which option you go with.

Just my $0.02.

 

Agree with many comments on this topic, I have both the Black PAs and Walnut Strands and found myself wanting to wear the Strands more in my rotation.  I end up wearing a pair of Black Kenneth Cole with black suits more than the Black PAs.

post #32815 of 53443
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Originally Posted by Dillardiv View Post


I think you have a few options.

Option 1: Involves saving $130. Return the Magnannis and go with brown PAs and walnut Strands. Walnut strands are super versatile and I think many will agree that they wear them in many different situations. The brown PAs allow you to have a more formal shoe when necessary, but one you'll wear more than a black PA. For the most part, a brown PA will work in every situation that would normally call for a black PA, other than a black suit/tux.

Option 2: Keep the Magnannis as your black cap toe. It's not as "nice" of a shoe as a PA, but if you aren't wearing it much anyway, it won't matter as much. It will definitely fit the bill for anytime you wear a charcoal/grey/black suit.

Then you can use the 2 for $250 to buy two pair of shoe's you'll wear a lot. That could be walnut Strands and brown 5th Ave maybe? Maybe a brown loafer of some type if you don't wear suits very much? Brown loafers would look nice with chinos and a blazer in my opinion. You can decide what you like, but I'd definitely go with walnut strands regardless of which option you go with.

Just my $0.02.

 

 

Yeah that's a good point about a brown PA(and FA?) working in pretty much every situation that would call for a black PA. I also already have a half brogue in a dark color (the burgundy Sanfords). 

 

When you say the Magnannis aren't as "nice" as the PAs - are we talking mostly about bologna construction vs goodyear welting or the quality of the leather? I think I actually like the shape of the Magnannis more for a plain cap toe than the PAs, though I'm not sure they'll ever be as comfortable. I'm also not sure they're really worth $130.

 

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Originally Posted by GeneralW View Post
 

He doesn't have the option of picking Brown PAs or FAs.

 

No brown Parks, but I have the option of a Brooks FA in Brown. Basically, if I'm going Brown + Walnut, I can decide which is a Strand and which is a Fifth Ave. I pretty much have to choose between two of the following:

 

Black PA

Brown FA

Walnut FA

Brown Strand

Walnut Strand

(all BB seconds)

post #32816 of 53443
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Originally Posted by 850csi View Post


Yeah that's a good point about a brown PA(and FA?) working in pretty much every situation that would call for a black PA. I also already have a half brogue in a dark color (the burgundy Sanfords). 

When you say the Magnannis aren't as "nice" as the PAs - are we talking mostly about bologna construction vs goodyear welting or the quality of the leather? I think I actually like the shape of the Magnannis more for a plain cap toe than the PAs, though I'm not sure they'll ever be as comfortable. I'm also not sure they're really worth $130.


No brown Parks, but I have the option of a Brooks FA in Brown. Basically, if I'm going Brown + Walnut, I can decide which is a Strand and which is a Fifth Ave. I pretty much have to choose between two of the following:

Black PA
Brown FA
Walnut FA
Brown Strand
Walnut Strand
(all BB seconds)

When I say "nice" I was talking about leather soles, goodyear construction, and other details. I can't speak to the quality of the leather, but I'm assuming it's higher end. I suppose "nice" wasn't the right word. "Higher-end" is probably a better way to think about it. I briefly checked them out on the Nordstrom website, so if I'm incorrect on any of that, apologies.

From that list, I'd go brown FA and Walnut Strand if I was choosing for myself. People will disagree, but I don't think there are many practical difference btw brown FA vs PA in terms of situations where you would wear one vs. the other.
post #32817 of 53443
Any AE suggestions for someone new to loafers, for a business environment? Looking for something contemporary. Thanks
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AE doesn't have a current plain cap-toe blucher/derby, does it?

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Closest thing would probably be the Clifton or the RL Slaton

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Do you guys think it would be possible to somehow color the red brick sole of the black eagle county to black? I dont know why they chose red. Its the most affordable AE boot for me right now ($139 seconds) and I love the look of the bayfield but dont want to pay MTO for it. Am I SOL?

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