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post #16 of 22
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.
post #17 of 22
Thread Starter 

Wow.  I didn't notice that hathornes and whites made oxfords.  

 

http://www.bakershoe.com/clothing.cfm/department/mens/gear/bootsshoes/product/retro-oxford-by-whites-boots/

 

 

 

Those Whites are super nice, and probably too much money for my budget. Maybe.

 

http://www.bakershoe.com/clothing.cfm/department/mens/gear/bootsshoes/product/hathorn-by-whites-bullhide-oxford---brown/

 

 

Nick's rough out Oxford

 

Nick's Black Bull Hide Oxford


Edited by Rob4 - 10/14/12 at 4:32pm
post #18 of 22
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post #19 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by nohio View Post

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.
post #20 of 22
The first thing I thought of were brown suede chukkas, preferably unlined. No show will cover all situations from casual to semi-formal (I assume by that you meant business suiting), but if I could only choose one shoe for your situation it would be the chukkas. Easy to clean and care for, comfortable, look great with jeans, blazer/trousers, and even a suit. Obviously if you can take two shoes your options open up. They were the only shoes I had with me when I went on a medical mission and they served me well.

Congratulations, BTW!
post #21 of 22
Thread Starter 

Thanks, All:  

 

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.  

post #22 of 22
Thread Starter 

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.  

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