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Advice on formal but hip brown shoes for wedding

Poll Results: Which should I get?

 
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    Langley
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    Braun
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    Radford
  • 5% (1)
    Thursom
  • 94% (16)
    Get something from AE instead
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post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
Hey guys. Getting married in January. I got a dark charcoal suit being made for me in Chicago. Now looking at a few shoes...looking for something that is formal, but I want them a bit hip and playful. I am thinking dark brown to get away from the standard black. I was advised by an allen edmonds guy to look at kenilworth or park ave in dark brown, which is a possibility, but I still feel they're a bit traditional

What about these choices from H by Hudson...any comments? Maybe they're not formal enough? My favorite is langley which is first.

http://www.hudsonshoes.com/langley-brown.html


http://www.hudsonshoes.com/braun-brown.html


http://www.hudsonshoes.com/radford-brown.html


http://www.hudsonshoes.com/thursom-brown.html
post #2 of 23
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Originally Posted by skwp View Post

I was advised by an allen edmonds guy to look at kenilworth or park ave in dark brown, which is a possibility, but I still feel they're a bit traditional

For your wedding, that is an excellent thing. You're going to be looking at those photos for a long, long time.

A well shined pair of Park Avenues is the canonical answer here. IMO, you should be wearing black shoes to your wedding, but if you really want brown, make sure to stick with something very dark.
post #3 of 23

Don't buy from Hudson - all those styles are objectively horrible I'm afraid, and the quality will likely be incredible poor. Get some AEs if you can, they'll shine up well and last you long enough to more than justify the extra money you spent on them.

post #4 of 23
The Hudsons look quite cheap and nasty. If you're going for that particular price point, order something from Bexley, a French chain of shoe stores with a web site. I own one pair of Bexleys, and while they are not the best shoes I own, they have decent styling and construction, and a European aesthetic (rather than and Anglo-American one). I own the shoes in the link below in black, but they also come in chocolate, which might suit your tastes.

http://www.bexley.com/Bexley/shoe-Paul-RICHPRD-EN.htm?blocReferrer=13762

As an alternative, perhaps this would do as well:

http://www.bexley.com/Bexley/shoe-flavio-RICHPRD-EN.htm?blocReferrer=15545&oASPPopupPromo=X
Edited by upr_crust - 10/23/12 at 7:10pm
post #5 of 23
Congrats on your wedding! I'm getting married next August in Chicago, and I'm going with my AE's.
post #6 of 23
Dude, if you're getting married you need to go all out on your shoes, especially since you've chosen brown. There is no other alternative except to buy these Edward Green Midfords in dark oak:



Here is my pair:
post #7 of 23
Wow, I just realized I gave the same advice on another wedding/brown shoes thread:
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Originally Posted by NORE View Post

Here you go:
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They are dark oak antique. Edward Green Midford on the 82 last. They look lighter in direct sunlight/bright light and darker indoors. Here's my pair when they first arrived:
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post #8 of 23
Lol he might not have 1500 to burn on a pair of shoes. What about the new SF affiliate vendor? http://andrewlockshoes.com/
post #9 of 23
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Originally Posted by Needsmoreshoes View Post

all those styles are objectively horrible I'm afraid

+1

You might want to consider something in oxblood as well:

http://www.afinepairofshoes.co.uk/collections/alfred-sargent-exclusive-collection-price-asc/products/alfred-sargent-exclusive-moore-oxblood
post #10 of 23
Since it's a wedding, you really need to be looking at balmorals instead of blutchers. Dark brown is already not as formal as black, so if you end up with brown blutcher it will make everything quite informal. There are those who would say it is incorrect to wear a blutcher with a suit anyway, let alone at a wedding.

What's your shoe budget? Unless you give one, the recommendations will be all over the map price-wise.
post #11 of 23
Please define "hip and playful" and provide a bit of color on how in your mind that does not contradict "formal" (or perhaps more properly, "conservative", as "formal" is a defined term in the context of MC).

I see nothing more "hip" or "playful" about the shoes you posted compared to their equivalent models from Allen Edmonds, all of which will be better in terms of both aesthetics and quality.

And for what it's worth, there is nothing especially "hip" or "playful" about wearing brown shoes. So you might as well go with black.
post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by unbelragazzo View Post

+1
You might want to consider something in oxblood as well:
http://www.afinepairofshoes.co.uk/collections/alfred-sargent-exclusive-collection-price-asc/products/alfred-sargent-exclusive-moore-oxblood

Good advice here - I'm a huge fan of oxblood - seeing as you wanted something a little unusual oxblood should fit the bill in terms of how unique they are but it may actually be the most versatile shoe colour you can buy.
post #13 of 23
Here's another alternative to those AS shoes, this pair by Crockett & Jones:
http://www.crockettandjones.com/Product/Westbourne-Chestnut
I'm not sure when the next Barney's sale is (Jan?) but they've had these heavily discounted before.
post #14 of 23
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Originally Posted by Needsmoreshoes View Post

Good advice here - I'm a huge fan of oxblood - seeing as you wanted something a little unusual oxblood should fit the bill in terms of how unique they are but it may actually be the most versatile shoe colour you can buy.

I second (or third?) this. Oxblood is a great color. AE makes some shoes in "merlot" that is a really nice dark burgundy and would go will with charcoal.

One suggestion: http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF6208_1_40000000001_-1
post #15 of 23
Please wear black shoes.
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