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post #3631 of 4590
Hi Everyone.

I'm planning on making the upgrade from Red Wing enthusiast to White's enthusiast, and I've found this forum to be the best resource ever for helping navigate the complicated and intricate world of custom boot buying!

I wonder if I could lean on your wizened heads for some styling advice?

Imagine a regular toe smoke jumper in black roughout, but the vamp is navy CXL.

Thoughts...?

I'm looking to make a pair of dressy boots that can be worn with a suit in a pinch. I've just got a new job as a drama teacher at a private school, so I need formal-enough clothing, but also my own personal style is workwear mostly, so I'm not a naturally a formally dressed person. I think I can pull off something that isn't just dress black.

Do you think that the contrast between the black and navy would be severe enough to make the boot look 'speciality' or would it be subtle enough as to barely notice? By the way, I imagine I'll keep the blue as dark as possible through frequent HDLP treatments.

Many thanks!
post #3632 of 4590

The colour mix sounds like something that would limit your clothing options.

black or brown ftw. 

post #3633 of 4590
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Originally Posted by gregornz View Post

Hi Everyone.

I'm planning on making the upgrade from Red Wing enthusiast to White's enthusiast, and I've found this forum to be the best resource ever for helping navigate the complicated and intricate world of custom boot buying!

I wonder if I could lean on your wizened heads for some styling advice?

Imagine a regular toe smoke jumper in black roughout, but the vamp is navy CXL.

Thoughts...?

I'm looking to make a pair of dressy boots that can be worn with a suit in a pinch. I've just got a new job as a drama teacher at a private school, so I need formal-enough clothing, but also my own personal style is workwear mostly, so I'm not a naturally a formally dressed person. I think I can pull off something that isn't just dress black.

Do you think that the contrast between the black and navy would be severe enough to make the boot look 'speciality' or would it be subtle enough as to barely notice? By the way, I imagine I'll keep the blue as dark as possible through frequent HDLP treatments.

Many thanks!

If you want a pair of dressy boots that can be worn with a suit, White's is grossly inappropriate. I think even more so is roughout with a navy CXL. If you want boots that are dressy and can be worn with a suit in a pinch in a similar price range, look to Crockett and Jones, Alfred Sargent and Carmina. Alden's shell options are good, too.
post #3634 of 4590
Thanks for the reply guys!

Do you think that options would be limited with black/navy? I'm not sure. I think that the navy may be dark enough that it would have much the same versatility as plain black... no?

In terms of wearing these boots with a suit (on a SD last I should mention), I can see why you'd think it was not appropriate for dress shoes. I'm sure that would be true in most circumstances. As I said though, I'm not a suit kinda guy, so I think that, in a pinch, navy CXL on a White's is going to do the job under a navy suit pant.

Thanks again!
post #3635 of 4590
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Originally Posted by gregornz View Post

Thanks for the reply guys!

Do you think that options would be limited with black/navy? I'm not sure. I think that the navy may be dark enough that it would have much the same versatility as plain black... no?

In terms of wearing these boots with a suit (on a SD last I should mention), I can see why you'd think it was not appropriate for dress shoes. I'm sure that would be true in most circumstances. As I said though, I'm not a suit kinda guy, so I think that, in a pinch, navy CXL on a White's is going to do the job under a navy suit pant.

Thanks again!

 

I do think the navy would contrast a fair amount with the black, for better or worse.  I am not a big fan of two tone boots I guess, but I know others are.  Here are a few pics that might be helpful.

 

First, and SD with black smooth and black roughout:

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And here is a Viberg boot that has the navy and black contrast, though without the roughout:


Also, you might consider the black Alden Indy boot, which I think looks pretty nice for a slightly dressy boot:

 

If it were me, I might just go with an SD captoe, in black dress or CXL:

 

Or depending on your budget, this Viberg makeup for Sixteen:

post #3636 of 4590
gregornz,

I wear both of these with sportcoats and chinos or wool pants. Then again, I'm odd. biggrin.gif



This photo is from over a year ago, so the SJs are a little more broken-in at this point. The BHs were already 3 years old in the photo. And in fact I am wearing the BHs as I type this.

I think the navy CXL and black roughout would be close enough in color that it wouldn't look too obvious. And if you're going to wear SJs with a suit, are you really all that concerned with conventional color matching? I think not. lol8[1].gif
post #3637 of 4590
Wow, this is such an amazing community! I can't belive you two guys went to such trouble to post those pics for me, much much thanks!

Andy B, what color are your smoke jumpers there? Is that navy?

I'm of the opinion, and I know it's minority, that whites can work as formal shoes.

What I need is a black pair of shoes, what I want is a two tone funky pair of whites. So I'm trying to mash those two concepts together.

I guess my main concern is; is the Navy dark enough to function as my dark option boots? Sometimes it looks very dark, sometimes very light, so I'm confused.
post #3638 of 4590

Hi Gregornz,

 

Take a look below at the samples next to each other in daylight, might help:

 

 

 

 

 

post #3639 of 4590

In other news, check out these custom boots made up for a customer, not to everyone's tastes but he was very happy!

 

post #3640 of 4590
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Originally Posted by gregornz View Post

Wow, this is such an amazing community! I can't belive you two guys went to such trouble to post those pics for me, much much thanks!

Andy B, what color are your smoke jumpers there? Is that navy?

I'm of the opinion, and I know it's minority, that whites can work as formal shoes.

What I need is a black pair of shoes, what I want is a two tone funky pair of whites. So I'm trying to mash those two concepts together.

I guess my main concern is; is the Navy dark enough to function as my dark option boots? Sometimes it looks very dark, sometimes very light, so I'm confused.

 

By the way, if you want something to hold you over, it's not White's or Viberg, but the Broken Homme "Round Toe Robert Boot" in combination roughout and smooth is currently on half price sale (from $300 to $150) at  several places, including Nordstrom:

 

 

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/broken-homme-robert-round-toe-boot/3655548?cm_cat=tellapart&cm_ite=mens_btc&cm_pla=shoes:men:boots&cm_ven=display_rt

 

 

I think it looks pretty good, and while I've never held or worn Broken Homme, they seem like pretty good quality, made in the US boots.

 

 

BTW, I also agree that you can wear workboots with just about anything, short of a really formal situation.  I have worn them more or less every day for 25 years!  (Though I can count on one hand the number of times I've worn a suit during those years...)

post #3641 of 4590
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Originally Posted by gregornz View Post

Wow, this is such an amazing community! I can't belive you two guys went to such trouble to post those pics for me, much much thanks!

Andy B, what color are your smoke jumpers there? Is that navy?

I'm of the opinion, and I know it's minority, that whites can work as formal shoes.

What I need is a black pair of shoes, what I want is a two tone funky pair of whites. So I'm trying to mash those two concepts together.

I guess my main concern is; is the Navy dark enough to function as my dark option boots? Sometimes it looks very dark, sometimes very light, so I'm confused.

The SJs are Black Smooth Roughout and Brown Smooth. The roughout is always going to look fairly dark just because of the texture. As you say, I think the blue may shift color depending on lighting. In the photos EastWest posted, I think the blue looks good.

Here's the way I look at it, you're not going to wear a lightweight wool summer suit with SJs, that would be pushing it more than I would. If you stay to the casual end of things, to me, navy goes with a lot of colors. But if you can scrounge up $150 or so, AE always runs sales on factory seconds, so you could get a real dress shoe for the times you really need it, and the Whites for every other time.
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post #3643 of 4590
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I am always a fan of black with silver eyelets. What leather is that again?
post #3644 of 4590
Navy cxel!
post #3645 of 4590
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Originally Posted by ben2t View Post

Navy cxel!

 

Is that right, it looks black from here...  There's some data for gregornz on the navy...

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