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post #1 of 11
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I wear a suit 2-3 days out of the week and trousers/dress shirt the rest of the week. I'm moving up from the cheap shoes I wore in the past. I've decided on Allen Edmonds and would like to get 2 pairs to start, but would be open to 3 if I absolutely have to.

First off, most of my suits are dark shades. Dark charcoal, light charcoal, medium gray and navy (no browns yet, but I do have several shades of tan/brown trousers)

I'm in love with the Walnut Strands... so I think that I'll definitely get those. 2nd pair, I want a nice pair of blacks that I can wear with most of my suits and I'm assuming that PA's are my best bet.

So... am I on the right track here? Do I need some sort of darker brown shoe? If you were starting out with those suit colors and needed to buy 2 pairs of AE's, what would they be (and what color for each)?
Edited by Brian Simmons - 10/27/12 at 8:59am
post #2 of 11

Always better to have more options no matter which suits you currently have.

 

 

Two can easily become three, especially if the three are all purchased on sale or as seconds.


Edited by dddrees - 10/27/12 at 9:07am
post #3 of 11
What is light charcoal?
post #4 of 11
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I wear a suit 2-3 days out of the week and trousers/dress shirt the rest of the week. I'm moving up from the cheap shoes I wore in the past. I've decided on Allen Edmonds and would like to get 2 pairs to start, but would be open to 3 if I absolutely have to.
First off, most of my suits are dark shades. Dark charcoal, light charcoal, medium gray and navy (no browns yet, but I do have several shades of tan/brown trousers)
I'm in love with the Walnut Strands... so I think that I'll definitely get those. 2nd pair, I want a nice pair of blacks that I can wear with most of my suits and I'm assuming that PA's are my best bet.
So... am I on the right track here? Do I need some sort of darker brown shoe? If you were starting out with those suit colors and needed to buy 2 pairs of AE's, what would they be (and what color for each)?

If you're only getting two pairs, I wouldn't make walnut your second color. I'd at least get brown or burgundy first.
post #5 of 11
I think your selection is OK if you settled for AEs. Alternative to walnut strands you could get dark brown strands or fifth avenues.
post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 

I think I'm just in love with the walnut strands, so I'm getting them regardless haha.

 

Ok, think I've settled on those, black pa's and a pair of brown 5th aves. I think that should be ok for a 'starter' set. 

 

light charcoal sounds like an oxymoron, don't know where I came up with that at. I just mean that it's a lighter shade than the other charcoal I have,

post #7 of 11
I'm going to suggest a pair of black McAllisters. You have a captoe with the Strand, so get a wingtip.

In a perfect world - Walnut Strand, Brown Fifth Avenue, Black McAllister.

Chris
post #8 of 11
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I think I'm just in love with the walnut strands, so I'm getting them regardless haha.

Ok, think I've settled on those, black pa's and a pair of brown 5th aves. I think that should be ok for a 'starter' set. 

light charcoal sounds like an oxymoron, don't know where I came up with that at. I just mean that it's a lighter shade than the other charcoal I have,

I don't really like the fifth avenue... but it's your call.
post #9 of 11
I would say walnut Strands and black Park Avenues are a good place to start. Think about getting a dark brown shoe next, maybe something like a monk strap (the new Neumora is a good looking shoe) to add another wrinkle to your shoe rotation.
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 

Alright. Had some issues with sizes for certain styles/color combos, but here is what I ended up getting....

 

Black McCallisters, Merlot PA's, Walnut Strands. 

 

Thanks for the help, everyone!

post #11 of 11
Nice job, I would have went with Black in PA and burgundy in Mcallisters but thats just personal preference. You will probably find that the walnut Strands are pretty hard to make work with darker shades especially.
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