Shoe suggestions. Miles of walking in North Africa and Europe. 8 months. - Page 2
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Wow. I didn't notice that hathornes and whites made oxfords.
Those Whites are super nice, and probably too much money for my budget. Maybe.
Edited by Rob4 - 10/14/12 at 4:32pm
I'd recommend a pair of pebble-grain, Dainite-soled chukkas (like these AE Malverns or these Loake Kemptons). Easy to dress up or down, incredibly durable, and the pebble grain texture can take a lot of abuse and look good even without much care. I got a pair of Alfred Sargent chukkas in the style off Ebay and they have taken a beating and still look great.
Loake Kemptons ...now there is a good idea. BTW they look better in the flesh than the photo. A very nice Scotch Grain.
I didn't expect problems getting this type of shoe/boot in wide. Peculiar. I should also point out that I really enjoy a shoe that can take a shine. It looks clean and maintained.
I'm also surprised so many here recommend the chukka. Frankly, they've never been on my radar, nor would they if it was not for this thread. I've always had strong ankles, so I've never looked in that direction. I also suspect that I've associate boots with fieldwork and oxfords for urban work. Apparently, this was a mistake.
I do wish there was a store here to go through these options in one siting, rather having to mail order a few at a time.
Wesco has a nice oxford. There are now so many choices, that I'm considering taking a trip to a larger city just to narrow this down. Considering the near unanimous suggestions on chukkas, I am putting a few on my list.
Tried the Chukkas - its just not working for me. I really like oxfords or boots
I'm going to bring 2 or 3 pairs now. One cap toe black pair. One or two casual pairs.
I'm looking at
• DM/Solovair oxfords
• Baker's/White's oxfords
• Whites Semi Dress boots
There are a few mentions of the Baker's/White's oxfords on the whites thread, but not enough to clarify if these would be a good choice for many miles of walking.
Likewise, there is conflicting information on the DM shoes. The MIE's are purported to be more narrow. This post is very informative about the made for life shoes, as is this post on leather selection.