Originally Posted by Beatlegeuse
I'm not a big fan of plain toe balmorals (plain toe bluchers I like....not sure why I like one and not the other), and I like the medallion on the second pair, I just don't like that it's a medallion with no cap.
What exactly makes a suede captoe an oxymoron? Is there some sort of purpose a captoe serves on a shoe made from a different type of material that it doesn't serve on a suede shoe? I'm not an expert on shoe construction or history, so if there's an actual reason then I'm interested to hear why that is.
First let me say that there are plenty of examples of great looking cap toe suede shoes, many in this thread alone.
That being said, the cap toe style is the defining style for a business shoe to be worn with business suits (lounge suits). Starting with stitch cap, then punch cap, semi-brogue and quarter brogue in order of formality; typically in black calfskin for city clothing styles and colors.
Certainly any style of shoe can be made with any type of leather, I just think that certain styles work better with certain leathers. Suede is inherently a casual leather (country), whereas the cap toe style is more of a business (city) style. To me it’s like wearing a tweed jacket with worsted wool slacks.
The look just doesn’t work for me, but it’s based more on personal perspective than anything else.
Just as a side note: (in relation to shoe construction and history) using the term balmoral as a general description of a closed lace shoe is really an Americanism. The balmoral shoe is a derivative of the balmoral boot which is mainly defined by a horizontal seam across the quarters, without a seam to the welt. The term oxford is more universally used/accepted to describe a closed lace shoe, be it balmoral, adelaide, swan neck, or other seam structure.