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post #1951 of 4102
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Originally Posted by zippyh View Post

Same here only replace tax consultant with engineer.
Oddly enough, the footwear that has gotten the most comments here has been when I wore some Alden chukkas.
There was a big discussion on whether they're shoes or boots. One guy was insisting they were "hybrid shoes".
This is the guy who has been wearing boat shoes with white Thorlo socks every day for the past few years.
TBH, I have no idea when I'm going to wear the pythons.

In moments like this, do you just let them talk and act like you are no more knowledgable than them, or do you educate them?
post #1952 of 4102
Well, I have to admit I give as much shit to the thorlo guy as he gives to me.

For reasons that are unclear to me, we have developed a game of "shoe or boot".
Thorlo guy and another guy will guess shoe or boot before I sit down and reveal.
I think this came from a time when thorlo guy noticed I was wearing wingtip boots.
It kind of blew his mind that such a thing exists.
That's why there was so much discussion on whether a chukka is a shoe or boot.
post #1953 of 4102
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post


That's interesting, because while I was self conscious at first wearing brogues or tassel loafers (I used to, but now prefer pennies), I've never actually been criticized for wearing them. Then again, most people have seen those styles before, but I've only seen monks a few times in the wild.
I agree that it's natural to become more confident after wearing a new style for a while, and more confident to try other styles -- but where does one go after conquering python brogues? smile.gif

The criticism is probably due to the fact that I'm in college, so my friends are mostly goofball 20ish year old kids who are scared to wear anything besides jeans.

 

As for conquering something a bit more wild, just rock it. How many men do you know who would even consider buying a pair of shoes like that? Hell, how many men do you know who are even aware that such shoes can be made? Just being an active member of a site like SF has put you ahead of the game, so own it and be proud of it. Instead of being antsy and worrying about not pulling off crazy shoes, wear the hell out of them and enjoy the snickers from your coworkers, knowing that, deep down within themselves, all those men are thinking "I wish I had the balls to wear something like that," regardless of them liking or disliking the actual shoes.

 

And don't think about the new piece while you're wearing it for the first few times; if it's obvious that you're uncomfortable because your shoes are made of python, nobody will respect you for wearing them.

post #1954 of 4102
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Originally Posted by zippyh View Post

Well, I have to admit I give as much shit to the thorlo guy as he gives to me.
For reasons that are unclear to me, we have developed a game of "shoe or boot".
Thorlo guy and another guy will guess shoe or boot before I sit down and reveal.
I think this came from a time when thorlo guy noticed I was wearing wingtip boots.
It kind of blew his mind that such a thing exists.
That's why there was so much discussion on whether a chukka is a shoe or boot.

This is great.
post #1955 of 4102
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Originally Posted by diglett View Post

The criticism is probably due to the fact that I'm in college, so my friends are mostly goofball 20ish year old kids who are scared to wear anything besides jeans.

As for conquering something a bit more wild, just rock it. How many men do you know who would even consider buying a pair of shoes like that? Hell, how many men do you know who are even aware that such shoes can be made? Just being an active member of a site like SF has put you ahead of the game, so own it and be proud of it. Instead of being antsy and worrying about not pulling off crazy shoes, wear the hell out of them and enjoy the snickers from your coworkers, knowing that, deep down within themselves, all those men are thinking "I wish I had the balls to wear something like that," regardless of them liking or disliking the actual shoes.

And don't think about the new piece while you're wearing it for the first few times; if it's obvious that you're uncomfortable because your shoes are made of python, nobody will respect you for wearing them.

This kind of goes with the saying that a man should appear as though he put some thought into the way he dressed that morning, and then completely forgot about it for the rest of the day. I think the forgot about it part usually means he's not constantly checking himself to make sure all the little details are perfect (and is instead focusing on the people he's with, and so on), but in this case, could also mean that he has the confidence to wear what he chose, and is not playing a mental game of doubting himself.

I'd be curious to hear how you guys handle any negative comments about the way you dress.
post #1956 of 4102
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Originally Posted by diglett View Post

The criticism is probably due to the fact that I'm in college, so my friends are mostly goofball 20ish year old kids who are scared to wear anything besides jeans.

As for conquering something a bit more wild, just rock it. How many men do you know who would even consider buying a pair of shoes like that? Hell, how many men do you know who are even aware that such shoes can be made? Just being an active member of a site like SF has put you ahead of the game, so own it and be proud of it. Instead of being antsy and worrying about not pulling off crazy shoes, wear the hell out of them and enjoy the snickers from your coworkers, knowing that, deep down within themselves, all those men are thinking "I wish I had the balls to wear something like that," regardless of them liking or disliking the actual shoes.

And don't think about the new piece while you're wearing it for the first few times; if it's obvious that you're uncomfortable because your shoes are made of python, nobody will respect you for wearing them.

Extending this topic, I am in the group who would be harassed if I wore python shoes to work.

So I'm curious...where/when do you guys intend to wear these shoes? Unless you're a fashion designer, ad agency guy (at a "forward" agency), or may a club promoter, I don't see where/when anyone would wear these python austerity brogues.

Anybody car to share their plans?
post #1957 of 4102
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post


This kind of goes with the saying that a man should appear as though he put some thought into the way he dressed that morning, and then completely forgot about it for the rest of the day. I think the forgot about it part usually means he's not constantly checking himself to make sure all the little details are perfect (and is instead focusing on the people he's with, and so on), but in this case, could also mean that he has the confidence to wear what he chose, and is not playing a mental game of doubting himself.
I'd be curious to hear how you guys handle any negative comments about the way you dress.

Yup, I think the original quote is "A man should look as if he dressed himself carefully, and then forgot all about it." If you're being finicky in your outfit, however nice it is, others will notice your discomfort.

 

As for the negative comments, I rarely even justify them with a verbal response. It's quite clear to my friends and peers that I spend more money on, and know/care more about, clothing and the like. Every time I wear something that they don't understand, I'm met with sassy comments about how silly I look, which are quickly put to a stop with rarely more than a raised eyebrow and an expression of "Oh, please tell me more about how I should dress."

 

The most unfortunate part about caring for clothing at a college age is that lots of people of both genders presume that I'm gay, largely because I'm not wearing the baggy t-shirt and sneakers uniform that currently plagues our campuses. But even that's an issue that's resolved quickly within conversation.

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Extending this topic, I am in the group who would be harassed if I wore python shoes to work.
So I'm curious...where/when do you guys intend to wear these shoes? Unless you're a fashion designer, ad agency guy (at a "forward" agency), or may a club promoter, I don't see where/when anyone would wear these python austerity brogues.
Anybody car to share their plans?

If a rerun is offered and I can pick up a pair, I'll simply wear them with trousers to my classes. It seems like you've stereotyped the shoes as only being suitable for somewhat sleazy guys, and I think that's a mistake; they're definitely crazy, but they're still beautiful shoes.

post #1958 of 4102
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Originally Posted by ElDave View Post

Extending this topic, I am in the group who would be harassed if I wore python shoes to work.
So I'm curious...where/when do you guys intend to wear these shoes? Unless you're a fashion designer, ad agency guy (at a "forward" agency), or may a club promoter, I don't see where/when anyone would wear these python austerity brogues.
Anybody car to share their plans?

I get what you're saying. I'm not wearing my pythons to church. Most members "won't get it"
I'm a teacher and plan on wearing them to work and almost any other place I go.
post #1959 of 4102
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

I get what you're saying. I'm not wearing my pythons to church. Most members "won't get it"
I'm a teacher and plan on wearing them to work and almost any other place I go.

And this is one of the (increasingly) few things I love about my job...I would totally rock these at work, and at this point in my career, most of the people I work with just roll their eyes anyway. I love being able to rock out with my clothes on a daily basis.
post #1960 of 4102
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Originally Posted by NewYorkIslander View Post


And this is one of the (increasingly) few things I love about my job...I would totally rock these at work, and at this point in my career, most of the people I work with just roll their eyes anyway. I love being able to rock out with my clothes on a daily basis.

Having a reputation definitely helps. If you've built up some craziness over time, it's easier to "get away with" new things, because your colleagues know what to expect.

post #1961 of 4102
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Originally Posted by NewYorkIslander View Post

And this is one of the (increasingly) few things I love about my job...I would totally rock these at work, and at this point in my career, most of the people I work with just roll their eyes anyway. I love being able to rock out with my clothes on a daily basis.

Yeah pretty funny a student was drawing some photos on the whiteboards instead of doing problems and he included the SNS Herning knit design on me
post #1962 of 4102
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Originally Posted by diglett View Post

Having a reputation definitely helps. If you've built up some craziness over time, it's easier to "get away with" new things, because your colleagues know what to expect.

Dude, I am officially known as, "the nutty one".
post #1963 of 4102
Not sure if this is the right thread, but would anyone be willing to weigh in on some sizing advice for the 'Rand single monks on the Epaulet website?

http://www.epauletshop.com/servlet/the-1985/'Rand-Single-Monk-Cognac/Detail

I wonder if I should be sizing down a half from my normal lace-up size because:

a.) they are cordovan, which I understand fits a little looser?
b.) they are monk straps, which I understand need to be a little tight to stay on?
post #1964 of 4102
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Originally Posted by diglett View Post

If a rerun is offered and I can pick up a pair, I'll simply wear them with trousers to my classes. It seems like you've stereotyped the shoes as only being suitable for somewhat sleazy guys, and I think that's a mistake; they're definitely crazy, but they're still beautiful shoes.

I didn't mean "sleazy" at all. I meant more "creative" types; those in a field where some eccentricity is viewed as an asset. In my field, I'd literally be told by management not to wear them when client-facing.

For example, Nick Wooster is well known for wearing unusual items. He's also in a field where showing up in yellow shoes, or camoflauge wingtip boots is viewed as totally acceptable...and I have a tough time thinking of many industries where similar dressing is not a liability.

Don't get me wrong - I think they're at least nice, if not my cup of tea. I'd be interested in python as an accent on something like blue calf or shell.
post #1965 of 4102
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Originally Posted by skeen7908 View Post

Not sure if this is the right thread, but would anyone be willing to weigh in on some sizing advice for the 'Rand single monks on the Epaulet website?
http://www.epauletshop.com/servlet/the-1985/'Rand-Single-Monk-Cognac/Detail
I wonder if I should be sizing down a half from my normal lace-up size because:
a.) they are cordovan, which I understand fits a little looser?
b.) they are monk straps, which I understand need to be a little tight to stay on?

 

You might have some luck in the official affiliate thread.

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