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post #241 of 273
Patrick, I'd say that black double monks are probably fine. I've seen plenty of partners where I work wear something like Gucci loafers with a suit to a client meeting. I can't imagine double monks being less acceptable, though I'll admit I don't see them a lot. I'd avoid the grain leather with any outfit that involves wearing a jacket and tie as it seems a bit casual. I've seen worse on people, but I try not to use that as a justification for anything. For business casual, you'd probably be okay.
post #242 of 273
I hear you. Thanks.
post #243 of 273
An elegant, well-maintained pair of black double monks is always going to be infinitely preferable over most monstrosities you see in businesses everywhere.
post #244 of 273

Waiting until I can afford a C&J for RL shell shoe to throw the rest of mine away. 

post #245 of 273
Well, I wouldn't just have one shoe if that's what you are thinking.
post #246 of 273
Lately, I have become stronger in my belief in formality congruence. To me, as of now, black is reserved only for the most formal of configurations (meaning stitch caps and punch caps).

That is why, although beautifully executed, I cannot get behind black monkstraps. The same goes for loafers, all things suede and, truly, derbies as well.
post #247 of 273
^ I'm on the same page as you. I have black wing tips and black medallion toe bluchers in my closet that never see use.

I also have a pair of chestnut balmorals that I rarely pick over bluchers or loafers in a similar color during summer.
post #248 of 273

Content of my shoerack at the moment:

 

Black calf captoe oxford

Black suede adelaide

Brown shell wingtips

Tan split toe derbies

Dark brown suede chukkas

Captoe boots in black calf

Captoe boots in burgundy grain

 

Some items I wish to exchange for better fits or models, but with this I get by in almost every situation. I'm not a huge fan of loafers or monks, though the former I can imagine myself wearing in the summer.

post #249 of 273
I agree on black derbies, loafers, and suede. All of my black shoes other than double monks are oxfords, including wingtips. Then again, I do feel that a non black double monk is much more jarring than a black one.
post #250 of 273
Yeah... I really don't have a problem with black medallion-toe oxfords or wingtips. Perhaps I'd prefer a brown (perhaps), but they are still a really good option.

Black loafers I do not understand. Derbies either.
post #251 of 273
Since I work in an office environment, so if I have to only keep 6 pairs of my shoes:

1. Black stitch cap toe oxford
2. Black punch Adelaide (quarter brogue)
3. Oxblood punch cap oxford (quarter brogue)
4. Mahogany brown full brogue oxford
5. Black 2 eye derby
6. Oak brown double monk

I was deciding between the double monk and chukka boot for the sixth pair, but decided that there are more occasions that I can wear the double monk



post #252 of 273

This has been discussed on the Aussie Thread but a Jo Average with a mortgage, two kids, missus and a car loan could get by with:

 

(1) A black cap oxford
 

(2) A dark brown brogue (any combo)

 

The brogues can come out on weekends for wear with a blazer/odd jacket.

Throw in a chelsea or chukka for the pub and rugby matches and you're done. 

post #253 of 273
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Originally Posted by Oli2012 View Post

This has been discussed on the Aussie Thread but a Jo Average with a mortgage, two kids, missus and a car loan could get by with:

 

(1) A black cap oxford
 

(2) A dark brown brogue (any combo)

 

The brogues can come out on weekends for wear with a blazer/odd jacket.

Throw in a chelsea or chukka for the pub and rugby matches and you're done. 

 

Thats not enough to sustain for a work week.  Five pairs is minimal if you taken all the recrafting/resoling into account.

post #254 of 273
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Thats not enough to sustain for a work week.  Five pairs is minimal if you taken all the recrafting/resoling into account.

 

Topy it?

post #255 of 273
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Topy it?


Still need to get new top lift every couple years even if you topy the sole.  Sure you could survive with one single pair wearing daily, but its not optimal.

 

Besides, the goal is not to have the least amount of shoes, which is one single pair of dark brown quarter/semi brogue, but the miminal viable number of shoes.

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