Originally Posted by JubeiSpiegel
AE from time to time has had sleek models, I can attest from the Seven Collection models I have, which are leagues ahead in sleekness from typical AE's. The new 333 last is pretty sleek as well, with a chiseled toe. At the moment I'm content with AE, I'm sure I will be converted like the rest of you in the near future.
I haven't an issue with AE's like some of the more 'advanced' SF members. I buy and wear them with certain articles of clothing. Although I probably more often buy Alden's (not exactly sleek).
I have a tendency to match cut/style and quality levels of clothing and leather goods so that no one item works against or 'out does' the others. For example with an Anderson & Sheppard suit, I would reach for a shoe that both works with and lives up to the quality of the suit. That would not be an Oxford from Allen Edmonds but perhaps one from Cleverley (per below). If I'm wearing ready made cords or khaki's and a rustic tweed coat, a pair of Allen Edmonds bluchers -- or Alden loafers -- might be just the thing.
But black captoes are typically worn in dressy situations ... at funerals, at weddings, etc. ... occasions that call for finer clothing ... and shoes. I'm not sure I want to short change at these times.Edited by RSS - 4/11/12 at 9:15pm