- Heavy chunky cordovan shoes, like the Lauren wingtips. I've had two pair, and ended up selling both virtually unworn. No vibe for them.
- Pretty much any wingtips actually.
- Black dress shoes at all (3 pair out of maybe 50 total).
- Tassle loafers (1 pair, and only redeemed by being suede).
- Most of the boots favored here with suits.
- Very short, tight pants.
- Loafers (or any shoe) without socks in professional/public environment.
I would add to the above:
- Most traditional styles from English shoe makers (with the exception of C&J)
- Monks (although I just ordered a pair of single Monks from Meermin to try the style)
- Semi / Full brogues
- Medallions [shoes]
- Double-breasted suits
From reading a lot of SF posts on shoes and seeing different styles and lasts, I'm disappointed in the recent styles of some of the English shoe makers. The Loake 1880 range in particular seems to have become more chunkier - I have the Aldwych - over styles such as the Norwich, Truro and Wells. The only shoes that I like from a style point of view (construction and quality aside) are some C&J e.g the Alden.
Sadly, I own 4 pairs of shoes (or 6 if you count the pair of black work beaters never to see daylight again, snap with my ugly WAG / Recruitment Consultant-tan wingtip square toe monstrosities), and 3 of the 4 are black. The 2 pairs of shoes I ordered from Meermin unfortunately were only available in black. From here on in, dress shoes shall be bought in various burgundys, chestnuts, walnuts and tans - maybe other colour combinations for MTOs.
Edited by Putonghua73 - 6/24/12 at 2:37am