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post #61 of 77
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Originally Posted by cptjeff View Post


They have a place for me- I wear gray pants a lot, and it's nice to have a black casual shoe. I know this board likes brown with gray, and I often wear that myself, but black really does work better with gray in most contexts, IMO. So I wear black loafers

In a 5 shoe wardrobe, I don't think I'd recommend them, I'd just wear something like black longwings instead, which doubles as a suit appropriate shoe.

 

That seems sensible. I wear grey pants a lot too, but usually brown feels like the right choice. Perhaps it's just the rest of my wardrobe and/or habit at this point. It's pretty difficult to argue with black longwings as a second black shoe if there is to be one in a 5 shoe wardrobe; that seems like a solid choice.

post #62 of 77
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Originally Posted by The Upright Man View Post

Great thread.

Here's my list:

1) Black captoe oxford:



2) Snuff suede captoe:



3) Oxblood derbies/tan split toe derbies:



4) Dark brown wingtip oxfords:



5) Suede/burgundy loafers:

Very good list, I think I would change out the black wingtip oxfords for a boot or a chukka to make it more casual for my needs, but I love the burgundy loafers and the oxblood derbies.

post #63 of 77

 

Carmina @ Skoaktiebolaget.

 

Four different lasts. Two for suits, and three for informal days. One cordovan, one grained skin, one suede and two calf.

 

Very versatile imo.

post #64 of 77
Plain toe in black and brown, chelsea boots in black, penny loafer and a wet weather capable chukka.
post #65 of 77

Aportney's (forum shoe faerie) 5 shoes list from one of the interviews/posts somewhere:

 

John Lobb Jermyn II in dark brown

Edward Green Dover in heather gorse

Edward Green Malvern in dark oak

Edward Green Chelsea in black

Edward Green Banbury in mink suede

post #66 of 77

 

post #67 of 77
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Originally Posted by DocHolliday View Post

I could get by with two pairs of chelseas -- black and brown -- and cover everything from casual to black tie.

The New Avengers ('Hostage') at lunch today. One of Steed's suits: grey; single button and single vent; envelope pockets; no breast pocket; no cuff buttons; grey velvet collar. Grey Herbert Johnson bowler (with hidden automatic pistol). Worn with mushroom suede Chelsea boots. Second (darker) suit worn with mid brown suede Chelsea boots. Whangee umbrella (one-piece) naturally.

Maybe it takes three pairs, assuming you add black? Four, with tan?

A friend was recounting the familiar story of buying a stick in James Smith; the staff determined the stick too long and took it off to be shortened. I wonder whether the staff deliberately choose a stick too long, so as to offer this shortening to leave the customer with a feeling of old-fashioned service (and often, for umbrellas, a disproportionately short end).
Edited by RJE - 3/1/13 at 1:25pm
post #68 of 77

1. EG Chelsea Black

2. EG Midford Black

2. EG Inverness Burgundy

3. EG Galway Dark Oak/Mink Suede

4. EG Banbury Dark Oak

 

I wear suits to work everyday, and work in finance so 2  black shoes are a must.  Inverness works with navy and grey suits that are my norm.  The Galway and Banbury can work with a suit in a pinch as well as look great with jeans, odd trousers etc. 

post #69 of 77

As an undergrad student, I don't wear suits so my list would go like this:

1) dark brown double monkstrap in dark brown [AE neumora]

2) tan bucks [AE strandmok] / saddle shoes

3) penny loafer in navy [AE sedona]

4) workboots [Wolverine 1000 mile]

 

and a pair of trainers

post #70 of 77
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Originally Posted by Patrick R View Post
 

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

 

Hi Patrick, I wonder where did you get your 1. chukka boot? thx

post #71 of 77
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Originally Posted by ghimmmm View Post

Hi Patrick, I wonder where did you get your 1. chukka boot? thx

Allen Edmonds Malvern (discontinued).
post #72 of 77
I work in finance and it's a mix of business professional and business casual dress. Fridays I generally go casual. I need at least three balmoral shoes for work in order to give my shoes a few days to breathe. I'm also a big shell cordovan fan, so I would need a few pairs of shell.

I'lm sure I'll come back in a year with 2-3 alterations to this list as my understanding of fashion progresses.

If I could only have five shoes:

Black calf Cap Toe Bal - interviews, meetings,

Black calf perforated cap toe - good to have in case of multiple meeting days in a row

Walnut / whiskey shell cordovan perforated medallion toe bal - formal enough to wear to work excluding external meetings, could get some use over the weekend.

Alden Color 8 Long Wing Blucher- I couldn't go without these. Go-to on weekends. Get some use on Fridays. Also I'd wear them in to work on rainy days and change into dress shoes.

The last shoe is a toss up. Could go dress boot for weekend, suede blucher for casual events on weekends, or a fourth balmoral for work. I'll go boot. I'd reluctantly go cigar indy over ravello wingtip boot. Throw some Alden defender on them and use them on the trek in to work on snow days.
post #73 of 77

Other than Fridays or weekends, how do wear something like the color 8 lwb in finance? I feel that something like a brown stitched captoe is the most appropriate. The barie last can be a bit bulky in a formal setting. 

post #74 of 77
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Originally Posted by JezeC View Post

Other than Fridays or weekends, how do wear something like the color 8 lwb in finance? I feel that something like a brown stitched captoe is the most appropriate. The barie last can be a bit bulky in a formal setting. 

Finance where? West coast you be perfectly fine with most shoes even black leather sneakers...
post #75 of 77
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Originally Posted by chogall View Post

Finance where? West coast you be perfectly fine with most shoes even black leather sneakers...


+1.

When I covered CT, I would see guys at the most successful hedge funds come in to the office in shorts.
When I covered broker dealers in NYC, jeans and button down shirts were often seen.

Totally depends. "Finance" doesn't only mean a top tier bank.
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