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post #61 of 71
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 71
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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 71


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 71
Plain toe in black and brown, chelsea boots in black, penny loafer and a wet weather capable chukka.
post #65 of 71

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 71


post #67 of 71
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 71

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 71

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 71
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 71
Originally Posted by ghimmmm View Post

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

Allen Edmonds Malvern (discontinued).
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