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post #16 of 26
Is it just me, or does those black PAs look really weird?
post #17 of 26
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Originally Posted by justinkapur View Post

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My advice to you and me is loafers. I need to add a pair of loafers to my rotation. They are casual enough and can be dressed up with trousers

 

 

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My advice to you and me is loafers. I need to add a pair of loafers to my rotation. They are casual enough and can be dressed up with trousers


Most of your shoes should be slipons. They fit better and you won't look like an old man. Laces are unnessary on shoes. In fact some laced shoes come together so closely that laces look stupid on the shoe and you may just as well get a slipon.

post #18 of 26
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Originally Posted by Liquidus View Post

Is it just me, or does those black PAs look really weird?

What do you think is weird about them?
post #19 of 26

Nice collection started there.  Consider the following in my order, since you asked smile.gif

 

1) a plain toe blucher in brown or burgundy shell cordovan.  My preference would be the AE Leeds, Alden PTB or RL Marlow - certainly not sleek, but sturdy and comfortable

2) a handsewn penny loafer in burgundy or brown.

3) wingtip blucher in burgundy calf or burgundy shell cordovan

4) a blucher NST, such as the Bradley, either in chili or burgundy shell cordovan

5) tassel loafer, if you're so inclined.  

 

Stick with classic styles from good manufacturers and build a solid rotation so you only wear a pair of shoes once per week or less.  They'll last forever with proper care and resoling.  

 

As a side note, burgundy shoes are extremely versatile, and can be worn confidently (depending on style) with everything from jeans to suits.  For example, I recently wore my burgundy shell leeds to work with a suit, then to an evening meeting at my child's school, which called for jeans and a casual shirt.  They worked wonderfully in both settings.

post #20 of 26

Definitely need some burgundy or color #8 shell if you have the bux.

 

http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-mens_plain_toe_blucher_shell_cordovan_color_8/pvc-ald-mxs-990_ald_m_plain_toe_blucher_shell_cordovan.html

 

The color #8 longwings that Alden makes are amazing but you could use a plain toe.

post #21 of 26
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Originally Posted by Snedley View Post

 

 


Most of your shoes should be slipons. They fit better and you won't look like an old man. Laces are unnessary on shoes. In fact some laced shoes come together so closely that laces look stupid on the shoe and you may just as well get a slipon.

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post #22 of 26
I would throw an exotic into the mix- Lizard is the most subtle but crocodile is more fun. Go for the plainest style possible as the leather is fancy enough. Burgundy or deep brown keeps it relatively subtle
post #23 of 26
what is your budget?
post #24 of 26
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Originally Posted by bucksfan View Post

Nice collection started there.  Consider the following in my order, since you asked smile.gif

1) a plain toe blucher in brown or burgundy shell cordovan.  My preference would be the AE Leeds, Alden PTB or RL Marlow - certainly not sleek, but sturdy and comfortable
2) a handsewn penny loafer in burgundy or brown.
3) wingtip blucher in burgundy calf or burgundy shell cordovan
4) a blucher NST, such as the Bradley, either in chili or burgundy shell cordovan
5) tassel loafer, if you're so inclined.  

Stick with classic styles from good manufacturers and build a solid rotation so you only wear a pair of shoes once per week or less.  They'll last forever with proper care and resoling.  

As a side note, burgundy shoes are extremely versatile, and can be worn confidently (depending on style) with everything from jeans to suits.  For example, I recently wore my burgundy shell leeds to work with a suit, then to an evening meeting at my child's school, which called for jeans and a casual shirt.  They worked wonderfully in both settings.

Thanks bucksfan, I like your proposed plan, and I'm on board with burgundy. Where does one get the RL Marlow these days? On their site, I only see the shortwing blucher and penny and tassel loafers.
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Originally Posted by Ashlandleather View Post

Definitely need some burgundy or color #8 shell if you have the bux.

http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-mens_plain_toe_blucher_shell_cordovan_color_8/pvc-ald-mxs-990_ald_m_plain_toe_blucher_shell_cordovan.html

The color #8 longwings that Alden makes are amazing but you could use a plain toe.

I think color 8 longwings are in my future, though I think I agree with you and bucksfan that a plain toe should come first.
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Originally Posted by Omar1223 View Post

what is your budget?

My budget is in the AE price range. I might be able to upgrade to Aldens, but I probably wouldn't be able to acquire them as quickly as AEs, since they basically can't be found on sale.
post #25 of 26

You'll need to call one of their retail stores for the PTB.  Don't pay full retail, monitor this thread for announcements of their sales (typically one in early May, one in November).  Sales past, it's been 40% - 50% off.  Their shortwings are next on my list (I have the tassels and PTBs).  

 

Be patient and add to your collection as you have an opportunity, and as they go on sale.  If you're interested in the Leeds, call an outlet and see if they have any in your size.  In my experience, Leeds and RL Marlow PTBs run true to size against the Brannock device.  Alden PTBs run 1/2 size large (i.e. order 1/2 size smaller than your other shoes).  Alden for Brooks Brothers shoes run TTS.

post #26 of 26
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Originally Posted by Snedley View Post

Most of your shoes should be slipons. They fit better and you won't look like an old man. Laces are unnessary on shoes. In fact some laced shoes come together so closely that laces look stupid on the shoe and you may just as well get a slipon.

Can't say I agree with this for me.
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Originally Posted by Tropicalist View Post

I would throw an exotic into the mix- Lizard is the most subtle but crocodile is more fun. Go for the plainest style possible as the leather is fancy enough. Burgundy or deep brown keeps it relatively subtle

If I'm not yet wearing the Strands to work, I'm sure I'll have no problem pulling off lizard or crocodile. smile.gif
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