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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
My tailor just pointed out today how narrow the opening is on the pant leg of the pants that came with my Corneliani suit. Is there a type of shoe that goes better with pants that have a narrow opening at the bottom? For example, when I wear my Concord monkstraps with Corneliani pants, the pants don't drape that well over the shoe because the shoe is more sustantial at the top and instep. What shoes do you wear with trousers that have a narrow opening at the bottom?
post #2 of 16
Sleek oxfords for me. Some have no compunction wearing bulkier shoes with them.
post #3 of 16
Anything but monkstraps! The buckle will show and keep the pants from laying right.

You also need to hem your pants quite high. You're looking for a "no break" with narrow opening pants, especially if your shoes are already riding high on the ankle.

!luc
post #4 of 16
Chelsea boots also work well, as they continue the line from trouser bottoms to high vamp.
post #5 of 16
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Luc-Emmanuel
Anything but monkstraps! The buckle will show and keep the pants from laying right.

You also need to hem your pants quite high. You're looking for a "no break" with narrow opening pants, especially if your shoes are already riding high on the ankle.

!luc

When I asked my tailor today to show me what it would look like to have no break, he showed me that because the opening is narrow it would have to be cut really high for their to be no break - so that basically in the back the pants are coming up to almost the top of my shoe (it's hard to explain, but a wider bottom pant can be cut lower and still have less of a break because the front of your foot is lower to the ground than your instep is). So, I had him cut the pants so that they are about .5 inch up from where the sole of my shoe starts as a kind of compromise between having it not break too much in the front and having it not be too high in the back. We'll see how it turns out.

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Originally Posted by whoopee
Chelsea boots also work well, as they continue the line from trouser bottoms to high vamp.

Now this seems like a very interesting suggestion. I'm definitely going to have to give this a try.
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by odoreater
When I asked my tailor today to show me what it would look like to have no break, he showed me that because the opening is narrow it would have to be cut really high for their to be no break - so that basically in the back the pants are coming up to almost the top of my shoe
Yes, well... that's what I wrote

anyway, I second the chelsea boot option, very 60s or Austin Power

!luc
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by whoopee
Chelsea boots also work well, as they continue the line from trouser bottoms to high vamp.

I agree, I like to wear Chelsea boots with my slimmer trousers, for me its the consistent line from the trouser to the boot that I think looks good.
post #8 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by odoreater
When I asked my tailor today to show me what it would look like to have no break, he showed me that because the opening is narrow it would have to be cut really high for their to be no break - so that basically in the back the pants are coming up to almost the top of my shoe
Ask for your trousers to be slanted to the back (have the back about 1/2 to 3/4" longer in the back than in the front).
That's easily done with plain bottoms (but can't be done with turn-ups).
post #9 of 16
I think a sleek monk (no cap, no seam) is perfect for that look.

I do and my buckles don't get caught up (Aldens and Certos)
post #10 of 16
Italian suit? Italian loafers. Ferragamo or something like that.
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by alflauren
Italian suit? Italian loafers. Ferragamo or something like that.

Yeah, I have a pair of the Tramezza Fervido bit loafers that would probably go great because they are cut low and open, but I suppose you're not supposed to wear loafers with a suit (though I will anyway).
post #12 of 16
The break (or lack of) on the trousers is going to be more important than the shoe. Even if you're wearing the "right shoe", it will look awkward if the trouser length isn't just right.

I also like chelsea boots or a slim oxford with narrow trousers (which most of mine are)
post #13 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by Luc-Emmanuel

You also need to hem your pants quite high. You're looking for a "no break" with narrow opening pants

post #14 of 16
I'd wear something sleek, with an elongated last.

Don't worry too much about the no-break thing. I do what you did, and I think it's a good compromise. No break looks ridiculous on me, especially while walking or sitting. Partially because I'm tall(ish). Above all, wear what you'll be confident in.

*edit: 1k posts. for the second time!
post #15 of 16
I wish I could find decent black Chelseas for around the $100 mark (which apparently aren't CT). Anyways, I believe the rule is to just wear higher vamp shoes.
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