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post #16 of 69
This is the kind of topic for which the archives exist. Here's a decent thread (with thoughts from forum heavyweights) on a three-shoe wardrobe:

http://www.styleforum.net/t/123745/if-you-had-3-pair-of-shoes

And it also brings to mind one of the all-time classic menswear posts, by medwards:

http://www.styleforum.net/t/45027/magnificent-7-shoes#post_688365
post #17 of 69
My list:

1. black plain or punched captoe oxfords
2. dark brown plain toe bluchers
3. dark brown suede brogues
4. dark brown chromexcel or cordovan plaintoe boots
5. natural chromexcel loafers or boat shoes
post #18 of 69

1. Casual beaters - get worn everyday: calf skin chukka with Dainite sole

 

 

2 and 3. Punched captoes in black and brown

 

 

 

4. Suede

 

 

 

5. Cordovan

 

post #19 of 69
The ones I wear the most are

1) Black punch cap oxfords
2) Brown cap toe double monks (idea for travelling, e.g. through airport security)
3) Brown suede chukka
4) Brown side gusset wholecut (casual only; weekends or with jeans)
5) Tan boat shoe (summer only)
post #20 of 69
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Originally Posted by The Thin Man View Post

This is the kind of topic for which the archives exist. Here's a decent thread (with thoughts from forum heavyweights) on a three-shoe wardrobe:
And it also brings to mind one of the all-time classic menswear posts, by medwards:

TD outlined in his OP specific requirements of CBD to Business Casual that the above threads didn't cover. I see this thread as far more practical for those who deal with the practical realities of business casual at work or, like myself, enjoying a mix of suits to jackets to denim because I can.
post #21 of 69
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1. Casual beaters - get worn everyday: calf skin chukka with Dainite sole




2 and 3. Punched captoes in black and brown







4. Suede





5. Cordovan



That is a fucking fantastic set.
post #22 of 69
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That is a fucking fantastic set.

Thanks. cheers.gif

post #23 of 69

The most essential shoes are plain black oxford captoes (for interview & senior management meetings)

 

But the ones I wear most are Loake 771 & Loake Waverley. I have... rather too many pairs of those.

 

The most useless shoes in existence are closed lace brown brogues, in my opinion.

 

The ugliest are tassled loafers.

 

 

 

Other shoes I use... Loake 641 (weekends & casual friday), Loake 204 Black Monks... possibly I just own too many Loakes

 

...

 

Nah.

post #24 of 69
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Originally Posted by pocketsquareguy View Post


TD outlined in his OP specific requirements of CBD to Business Casual that the above threads didn't cover. I see this thread as far more practical for those who deal with the practical realities of business casual at work or, like myself, enjoying a mix of suits to jackets to denim because I can.

Thank you PSG. As you pointed out, those other threads are just random people weighing in to give the three shoes they would like to live with. As such it's just the reader trying to figure out what lifestyle/wardrobe they're talking about and try to see if that would work for me, rather than in here where I've specifically laid out criteria to meet.

 

Those other threads may have contributions from forum heavyweights, but given that forum heavyweights such as Manton, Vox, et al. are generally dressing in a more business formal manner than I, most of it seems pretty irrelevant to my needs.

post #25 of 69

Black punched cap toe oxford

brown punched cap toe oxford

burgundy punched cap to oxford

brown brogues

lighter brown chelseas

 

Though I'd be easily sold on replacing any of the above (except the black oxford) with another pair of chelseas.

post #26 of 69
Thread Starter 

Everyone seems to love chesleas. I admit I like them, but I love different boots a lot more (balmorals are a favorite), what's the appeal that I'm missing?

post #27 of 69
Surprised there isn't more love for double monks here in brown suede or calf for business casual/jeans and a jacket.
post #28 of 69
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That is a fucking fantastic set.
agree because I have the exact same lineup, plus a few more of course..I also think C&J Westfield in suede or the affordable Herrings Reading are great addition for a casual vibe
post #29 of 69
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Surprised there isn't more love for double monks here in brown suede or calf for business casual/jeans and a jacket.

I would have included some, but I like boots so I wanted to get a boot in there, and I felt that double monks were pretty similar to plain toe bluchers and loafers so they seemed a little redundant. I'm thinking about changing up my lineup and substituting a monk for either the PTB or the loafers, not sure.

post #30 of 69
Not a ton of love for burgundy in this thread. I think I would certainly want a pair if I was limited to 5 pairs of shoes.

4 x balmoral cap-toes (plain, punched, medallion) in black, brown, burgundy and suede.
1 x bluchers of some sort. Probably brown suede plain toe.
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