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@Mimo Blighty bound and you did not say? Business or pleasure have a good time. You staying in the smoke? Then you must drop in to the new Drakes. Stay safe and well my friend sharp whistles and Daisy roots stand out!
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Yes, you have mixed formalities with your suit and shoes, and texture with your suit and tie. 

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Yeah I could see that, maybe thats why I was having problems figuring out what shoes to go with this morning.  I was leaning towards these, any better?



Those are awful. Spectators in general are pretty awful and costumey. Also they are oxfords. IMO, that suit calls for derbies.
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Either of these two?

 

 

 

I didn't take into consideration the formality of my shoes...  :brick:

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YES!
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I didn't take into consideration the formality of my shoes...  baldy%5B1%5D.gif

Well, most people don't. That's the fun of this forum, a space to think about such things. FWIW, I think I know a lot about dressing, but I am an authority on nothing. Just one man's perspective.
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I appreciate any words, good bad and ugly, they're all helpful or offer perspective to consider at the very least.  I'm just glad I have a decent shoe collection that was my starting point.  I do need some split toes though.  

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I didn't take into consideration the formality of my shoes...  baldy%5B1%5D.gif

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Your collection is ahead of mine, kudos!

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^^ An open mind and willingness to learn is a very large first step.

If I had to distil shoe selection to an easily digestible rule, it'd be: Seams, ornamentation, texture and color are all in inverse relationships to formality. That is to say, the fewer seams / less ornamentation and closer to black it is (until it can get none more black), the more formal it is. Black plain toe wholecuts are at the far end of formality, and the shoes below (split toe, lizard slip ons) would be at the other. Oxfords more than blutchers/derbies; short wings more than long wings, etc.
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Size 7D and available, boys; COME AND GET 'EM!

So I'd have opted for the gunboats.

I don't necessarily agree with pB's views on spectators, but I will agree that, like a genetic predisposition, there's a higher propensity for error with spectators than with other shoes.
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Aren't wholecuts quite informal?


I'd think they were around the level of a penny loafer, mostly because they're a relatively 'new' thing, or so it seems. I've read echoes of that sentiment elsewhere as well.

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Interesting.  Thanks!  

 

One last question.  I was considering the green tie pictured here on the left.  I'm thinking I would've been better off.  If not, what kind of tie?  

 

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I love my various spectators, while I cannot contradict PB's assertion that they are "costumey".  It takes a certain attitude and context to wear them.  I.e. wanting to be deliberately ostentatious.  Sometimes it's fun.  Those longwings are lovely, and perfect for that suit.  But I was down with the specs too. :)

 

Cleav: just stopped in London for an hour my old china; picking up the saucepan lids and on the frog and toad for most of the week visiting relatives.  But one of these days I'll definitely invite you for a cup of Rosie Lee when I'm passing through!

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I don't necessarily agree with pB's views on spectators, but I will agree that, like a genetic predisposition, there's a higher propensity for error with spectators than with other shoes.

Well, even if they technically, "work" they still attract attention, and more attention than any shoe should in any situation in my opinion.
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Aren't wholecuts quite informal?


No. But I would say it is somewhat dependent on color, and last and such. The styling can definitely swing them, but traditionally they are formal. If you go back really far I would probably assume they were only worn with black/white tie in patent leather as they still are today. It might be traditionally "wrong" to wear them with a lounge suit. Just a guess, I could be totally wrong about that.
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@Mimo

Right you are me old china!

You going go the industrial north, then let me know lad!
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