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