For me, I would say that specs "feel" like a very informal shoe, on par with loafers. I'm actually not certain where they traditionally fit, but I mentally associate them with the racetrack, the golf course, and the seaside. So they felt very natural with a simple summery polo and chinos. Cordovan, by contrast, "feels" more countryside and rural to me and I'm not sure that would have been right for the rest of the outfit. Anyway, thanks for the feedback; it's all grist to the mill.
You make some very good points HF. After thinking about this a bit more, instead of using the term "formal", I think "flashy" is more appropriate. The outfit is pretty subdued, and then you get to the shoes and BAM! I think that's more accurate than stating they are too formal.
Is that a toothpick or matchstick sticking out of your mouth.
Please tell me it is not, because I have difficulty believing what i am seeing here!!
Edit: Yes even probably a lollipop stick. Whatever it is, lose it bud. It does you no favours.
What is the fucking point of this comment? Stop worrying about whatever is in his mouth unless you have a personal wish to take its place.