Originally Posted by JaymzBawnd
I'm a young novice gent just beginning to build my wardrobe with quality purchases (much in part thanks to this forum). I'm considering buying two Meermins:
The black calf oxford - http://meermin.es/ficha_articulo.php?id=1920
The light brown calf monk - http://meermin.es/ficha_articulo.php?id=1950
Two questions: what sort of pants will go best with the light brown monks? I realize the black calf oxford should be quite versatile as it is a rather simple shoe. I find the light brown calf monk to be beautiful, but worry that I won't be able to wear it with jeans.
Secondly, as for sizing - in the US I am a 10 E. The AE Park Avenues in this size seem to fit well (they were my first REAL shoe purchase made two months ago) but are just a little tight in the toe box and have taken a while to fully break in. The black calf oxford is the Ama last (E+) and the light brown calf monk is the Hiro last (E). Luisa from Meermin suggested that I choose a 9.5 UK size. Do you think I will run into sizing issues?
I would highly recommend you get the whole-cut oxford referenced above in the dark brown instead of black. I don't see it listed, but if you email Pepe or anyone at Meermin, they have been very agreeable to make versions of existing shoes in a different leather if it's readily available.
As versatile as you think the black shoe is, the brown is tenfold more versatile. Some on here will disagree, but brown is so much more versatile than black, especially if you are business casual for work. A black wholecut will look inappropriate/wrong with almost any pair of pants other than gray, charcoal, or navy trousers. The brown version of the same shoe could be worn with all of those same color trousers, as well as almost any color chinos and jeans (if appropriately dressy jeans, paired with sport coat and sport shirt). Just my $.02.
The light brown monks will work with almost any color. I think they are less optimal with darker greys and charcoal, and certainly not black, but other than that almost any mid-light gray, blue, brown, other trouser/jean/chino will look good to great. Just experiment with the colors and fits.
I also recommend a full size down from your US size.