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post #16 of 40
For versatility I'd say stay away from suede (see signature below). They've been mentioned already but my vote would be Chestnut RM Williams; they go very well with jeans, cords, khakis. Depends what you mean by "casual" because brown brogues can be dressed down very effectively, and they just get better and better with age.
post #17 of 40
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Suede Chukka, I'd say.

post #18 of 40
Another recommendation for boots (any style). I prefer my Gucci Jodphurs and Chelseas.
post #19 of 40
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For versatility I'd say stay away from suede (see signature below). They've been mentioned already but my vote would be Chestnut RM Williams; they go very well with jeans, cords, khakis. Depends what you mean by "casual" because brown brogues can be dressed down very effectively, and they just get better and better with age.

+1, suede is not versatile.
post #20 of 40
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone. It seems like a boot is the way to go. I am leaning toward chukkas, either in suede or other smooth leather. The ones made by C&J are very nice looking, but a bit more than I am willing to spend on this. Also, I am not confident enough in my sizing to order from overseas just yet.

Does anyone have an opinion on the Alden 1272, the Alden unlined chukka, or the AE Malvern?
post #21 of 40
I'll 2nd everyone saying that suede should not be your main, go to, versatile shoe. the Kodu has a huge clunky looking rubber soul, not a huge fan. the unlined is suede so also not a fan. the Malvern style looks like the best of those
post #22 of 40
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+1, suede is not versatile.

This is nonsense. There is nothing, short of a dinner suit perhaps, that cannot be worn with brown suede shoes.
post #23 of 40
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This is nonsense. There is nothing, short of a dinner suit perhaps, that cannot be worn with brown suede shoes.

I agree, you can pretty much wear suede shoes with anything.
post #24 of 40
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Brown suede chukkas rule! It's not even close.


These are sweet. Brand/style?
post #25 of 40
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This is nonsense. There is nothing, short of a dinner suit perhaps, that cannot be worn with brown suede shoes.

Really? I suppose one can wear it with a charcoal or navy suit and tie, but it seems like something that would be done in a pinch rather than as the footwear style of choice. Perhaps I need enlightenment on the appropriateness of brown suede chelseas, which I primarily wear with jeans.
post #26 of 40
I'd say a nice split-toe derby. Like a Norweger, Weston Chasse or Demi-Chasse... that kind of shoe.

A brown monk (as long as it's not too sleek) can also be very versatile.
post #27 of 40
Respecting all previous suggestions, my number 1 vote has to go to the wingtip. Whether shoe or boot, wingtips can do it all, whatever occasion, weather & season. My 'runner-ups' would be (2nd place) monkstrap & (3rd place) suede chelsea boot. Honorable mention to the chukka. It's just my own preference, but the chelsea boot beats the chukka by a hair.
post #28 of 40
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This is nonsense. There is nothing, short of a dinner suit perhaps, that cannot be worn with brown suede shoes.

You believe suede appropriate to wear with a navy or charcoal suit?
post #29 of 40
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You believe suede appropriate to wear with a navy or charcoal suit?

Yes, very very. Was wearing brown suede shoes today with a charcoal suit, light blue shirt and solid dark blue cashmere tie.
post #30 of 40
Thread Starter 
Maybe the AE Thayer in brown suede?
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