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Non Lace up Shoes with a suit??? Yes or No?

post #1 of 31
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Ok so I spent the $300 once a few years back and had great run with a pair of Allen Edmonds conservative black lace up dress shoes. I wear suits to work every day and those shoes were all i had, but they fit the bill and i looked good.

This time around i bought some cheaper Norstrom Rack shoes for about $90 made by Gordon Rush, and I mainly got them cause i had discovered how much i LOVED not having to lace up my shoes. Is this a major sin on SF? No lace shoes? Are there any nicer slip ons made by say AE or Cole Hann that would look perfectly good with a suit?

Or do I have to wear the lace ups with my suits to avoid a major style blunder?

Help please!
post #2 of 31
I think lace-ups should be worn with suits, but there are many, many people that do otherwise. Of course, there are many, many people that have to idea how to look good, too.

The main recommendation you're going to hear on hear is to get more than one pair of shoes, so you can rotate them.
post #3 of 31
Only without a tie.
post #4 of 31
^ As an aside, I always consider "wearing a suit" to imply wearing a tie. If someone tells me to wear a suit to something, I will definitely have a tie on, and would expect to be reprimanded if I didn't.
post #5 of 31
Lace ups=suit. Though there are some very nice loafers(leather sole) that can be worn with a suit. But the main shoe should be a laceup.
post #6 of 31
monks
post #7 of 31
I think monks or double monks can look good, even in a conservative setting, with tie and everything. Now, while not a big fan of loafers, as I cannot pull them off, I think they work with suits in casual settings, sans tie, etc.
post #8 of 31
I wear chelsea's with a suit occasionally.
post #9 of 31
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Originally Posted by heaven7 View Post
I think monks or double monks can look good, even in a conservative setting, with tie and everything.
Now, while not a big fan of loafers, as I cannot pull them off, I think they work with suits in casual settings, sans tie, etc.

Yes, monks and double monks can look great with a suit. I also wear some non-laceup ankle boots with suits, but that is maybe a bit too much if you wish to look reasonably "conservative". I NEVER EVER wear loafers with suits: I cannot stand these "dress loafers" in black or burgundy that a lot of people around here wear with suits. I have only one pair of loafers, a kind of light-bluish pair of Bruno Magli loafers, which I only wear in very casual settings, such as when having a refreshing cocktail, dressed in linen, a summer afternoon.
post #10 of 31
Although I prefer and only wear lace-ups with suits, no one will bat an eye if you wear slip-ons.
post #11 of 31
another +1 for monks/double-monks. Slip-ons or loafers? Absolutely not.
post #12 of 31
What about Chelsea boots with brogue perforations?
post #13 of 31
I have a beautiful pair of black Sutor Mantellassi penny loafers that I wear with a suit and they are part of my normal shoe rotation. There are some more formal loafers, but you're usually going to pay for them.
post #14 of 31
^^ I wouldn't care if they were bespoke Lobbs, personally. I just don't think they look right.
post #15 of 31
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Originally Posted by krolyk55 View Post

I mainly got them cause i had discovered how much i LOVED not having to lace up my shoes.
Help please!

Is lacing up your shoes really that burdensome to you?

In any event, I'd like to add another voice to the chorus in praise of monks. You don't have to unbuckle them when you take them off and buckle them back up when you put them on. (There was quite a thread about this subject a while ago.) I wear monks with suits that are a little less formal--ones with a glen check pattern, for example. When I need to dress more formally, though, I always wear lace-ups.
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