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post #16 of 273
I only like Oxfords for professional wear and Chelsea Boots for casual wear. Don't like Bluchers, Loafers or laced boots. Not sure about monk straps. Anyone else feel the same way?

My modest collection:

C&J Belgrave
C&J Audley
C&J Courtenay
C&J Chelsea (suede)
post #17 of 273
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I call and raise.

No string betting allowed!
post #18 of 273

Manton, It looks like you are saying bluchers are OK with suits, am I reading that correctly?

post #19 of 273
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post

Inspired by NOBD.

3) A thick-soled blucher or longwing in brown textured calf or burg shell. Think the foo shoe, ed's Dinelackers, JL Russell, or one of those Vass $hitkickers. Perfect for any fall/winter odd jacket and good with most fall/winter suits

Do we really have to go full $hitkicker on this? Those things look so hideous to me. I hope an EG Dover passes the test.
post #20 of 273
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Originally Posted by Liquidus View Post

I only like Oxfords for professional wear and Chelsea Boots for casual wear. Don't like Bluchers, Loafers or laced boots. Not sure about monk straps. Anyone else feel the same way?

My modest collection:

C&J Belgrave
C&J Audley
C&J Courtenay
C&J Chelsea (suede)

I think it's a 6 shoe wardrobe that covers everything, not just professional wears. Maybe everything aside from drivers/slippers/exercise shoes.
post #21 of 273
I think I'd be fine with 4 pairs, not counting winter boots or beater shoes for rainy days:

Black cap toes
Brown cap toes
Brown wing tips
Brown suede chukka boots
post #22 of 273
Solid exposition. I would only add what I wrote in the good taste thread -- that black neckwear calls for black shoes (or boots, I guess).
post #23 of 273

What are we to assume one wears on a regular basis for this list? I assume in the OP that the answer is "mostly suits" or something like that. What about a more casual version, where one wears mostly odd jackets? This seems to be true of quite a few people these days (myself included).

post #24 of 273
At the end, you'll all realize you only need the One.

But seriously, I think you can go with calfskin brogued cap oxfords 90% of the time and never miss a tick. Then you'll need black captoes for when you need to be absolutely business formal or are attending a funeral (knock on wood). A pair of patent oxfords or slippers or whatever will do for when you must dress black tie. Everything else is gravy, no? I view seasonality in shoes as a bonus, not an absolutely necessary consideration (though there are certain things that can only be worn at certain times).
post #25 of 273

Let's see... I currently own:

 

Black cap toe oxfords

Black brogued wingtip oxfords

Cordovan colored calfskin cap toe oxfords

Brown suede chukkas

 

Coming in (hopefully) soon are:

 

Black whole-cut oxfords

Dark brown double monks

Burgundy side-laced oxfords

 

This doesn't include a pair of burgundy loafers that I use as beaters or some out of date black leather square-toe chukkas I haven't the heart to give up on as they're great for rain/snow.

 

So what am I missing to fill out my wardrobe?

post #26 of 273
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post

Inspired by NOBD.

Some basic principles first:

-Oxfords are for suits
-Calf should never be burg; burg is for shell

I have to disagree with these two, but then again, perhaps I am more pedestrian because I simply don't wear suits that often. I think bluchers can look good with suits, especially on people with larger frames. As much as SF hearts the chiseled, sleek lasts, I find them somewhat out of proportion (I might want a better word here) on bigger people, at least on myself. If you are on the leaner or smaller side, they look a lot better. A great deal of the Alden x Leather Soul make-ups are easily sleek enough for suit wear. For those with less discretionary income, it allows the shoe to be more versatile, i.e. worn with suit and say, nice jeans.

I would argue you could get away with 3 shoes. One being a black oxford, and as long as you are clever about it, the other two can be really whatever you want in dark brown and burgundy.

Also, as for burgundy calf...



yeah, that.
post #27 of 273
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Let's see... I currently own:

Black cap toe oxfords
Black brogued wingtip oxfords
Cordovan colored calfskin cap toe oxfords
Brown suede chukkas

Coming in (hopefully) soon are:

Black whole-cut oxfords
Dark brown double monks
Burgundy side-laced oxfords

This doesn't include a pair of burgundy loafers that I use as beaters or some out of date black leather square-toe chukkas I haven't the heart to give up on as they're great for rain/snow.

So what am I missing to fill out my wardrobe?

You might try something in a light brown or walnut color, a la the AE strand.
post #28 of 273
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You might try something in a light brown or walnut color, a la the AE strand.

I'm thinking strongly of Meermin's version of the Strand.

 

 

AEs don't do it for me for some reason.  I have a pair of the Strand in black on my desk that I need to take back to Nordstroms or I may sell them.

post #29 of 273
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I'm thinking strongly of Meermin's version of the Strand.




AEs don't do it for me for some reason.  I have a pair of the Strand in black on my desk that I need to take back to Nordstroms or I may sell them.

Oh by all means, if you like the Meermin better go for it. I was more just suggesting the strand as a style, not necessarily that exact shoe.
post #30 of 273
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post

Inspired by NOBD.


Some basic principles first:

-Oxfords are for suits
-Black is for suits
-Brown is almost always better than black unless your color range that day is entirely
"Calf should never be burg; burg is for shell
-No loafers with suits
-Bulky shoes can be OK with worsteds and other lightweight clothes but dainty shoes look ridiculous with heavy clothes
-It's easier to wear a dark shoe with a light suit than the reverse
-Shell and suede are for fall/winter
-Tan is for spring/summer


hmmm, i've never heard this before and don't see any reason why burgundy can't be used for calf, but would be interested to hear your reasoning on why this should be the case?
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