Originally Posted by Gdot
Well, that's an interesting question. I actually like a LOT of different styles, This week I bought a new pair of white buck oxfords - made in the UK and very traditional, I have a pair of 30 year old suede penny loafers that I still wear and love, a few pairs of Ferragamo loafers that are classics of their era, I also like the longest, sleekest, John Lobbs that are really pretty darned pointy if you get down to it, I'm not currently in love with squarish toes in general at the moment - but I see some that I like. I'm currently fascinated with the shapes that Vass uses - but I don't they are all that timeless.
About the only shoe i really can't stand is the round toed 'timeless' styles as currently executed by Allen Edmunds, etc. etc.. Basically traditional American shoes just remind me of the old fuddy duddys hanging out in my dad's office when I was a kid. In those day's they were Florsheims and Johnston and Murpheys - but they were just the same as today's Allen Edmunds. I'LL NEVER WEAR THEM - not as long as I live. I've succeeded in the world for 30 years without them and I'm not going start now. I personally think they are the fugliest shoes ever made.
So I'm sorta casting about right now - looking for the perfect fits between what I personally appreciate and enjoy and what the world around me currently considers to be acceptable.
Even though some people around here seem to think that they dress soley to please themselves I'm here to tell you that is delusional. There is so much 'group think' going on around here.
I believe you have betrayed your bias. Your objection to rounded American lasts has to do with conditioning and associated memories. You don't dislike them because of aesthetics, but because you have memories of "old fuddy duddy's" wearing them.
Ironically, you sound like an "old fuddy duddy" by using that archaic expression.
And I strongly disagree with your assertion that "group think" is the driving force behind an aversion to square toed shoes that is prevalent, among the more refined gentlemen anyway. You are still begging the question. Why didn't group think drive an affinity for the square toe as opposed to aversion?
I submit it has to do with basic aesthetic rules that have been known about and studies for many centuries. You would do well to perhaps study some basic art and design material, even photography. I suggest looking into Adam Marelli, a photographer who employs the classic design principals in his work, the same principals that underlay all visually pleasing compositions. You can find his seminars on youtube which are excellent primers.
In short, the design/composition answer is that there are no natural right angles or sharp angles anywhere on the human body. The curve is a natural organic shape, and is thus pleasing to the eye. It guides the eye on a tour of the foot. If you look at great shoe lasts, you will see that the edges of the sole and other design elements on the shoe create arabesques, which are classical markers of beauty.
But like I said, unless you are aware of these things you won't be able to notice them.