Originally Posted by jrd617
Do you realize that the "dilettante" OP you are responding to wrote a book on classic menswear?
Also, it seems that your fondness for black shoes is informed the opinions you received from a small sample of females. Hate to break it to you, but they're wrong.
Black is a severe color best used for ultra conservative business dress and for weddings/funerals/formal events. Think worsted suits and tuxedos
You reading comprehension is poor. None of the shoes I purchased to attract paramours is black. Espresso suede, navy suede, midnight calf, but not black.
Just because one is an author, published or not, do not make one an authority.
My experience is unique, which is why I detailed it. It was my experience. You cannot deny my experience although you may choose to revile it.
Anyone, such as the author in question, that would recommend the purchase of a non-standard shoe such as a tan monk strap shoe of any configuration is by definition a dilettante.
If I recommended universal application of a black calf tassel loafers, you would be right to label me a dilettante.
This is true for all self proclaimed experts that would recommend any such non-standard affectations such as; claiming that every fly fisherman needs a hexagina imitation in his flybox, that best solution for wingshooting is a 28 gauge loaded with 3/4 an ounce of number seven tungsten shot, that one could never do better than to take all African game with a 6.5x54 Mannlicher-Schönauer, that the best motorcycle ever created is a 1967 Triumph Bonneville, or other such non-sense.
Anyone making non-standard recommendations is by definition; a dilettante.
I didn't recommend black tassel loafers to everyone. I explained why they worked for me.
I also explained the other choices I later made, unlike our resident dilettante that would recommend tan monks and brown captoes as universal solutions to the problem of footwear, despite the fact that they are nearly universally UNACCEPTABLE in polite company or observed in the wild. And when they are observed in the wild, it is when they are displayed by one dilettante seeking the approval of other dilettantes, as opposed to the approval of the balance of their audience who willingly remain ignorant as to the real and imagined virtues of brown captoes and tan monkstraps.
In fact, someone that would even consider wearing monkstraps is nearly always; "THAT GUY". You know, THAT GUY, that would tell all who might listen about why blue shirts are the bomb, why patch pockets are superior to besom pockets on odd jackets despite their lack of elegance, or why black shoes should never be worn with navy; LOL. He is the guy standing alone by the crudités trying to find a drop of ranch dressing in which to dip his carrot stick, at the end of a long evening entertaining himself while surrounded by a houseful of most interesting people.
No doubt took the time to flog his book once or twice before his audience evaporated to seek out more fulfilling activities.
FYI; my fondness for black shoes is limited to the understanding of which shoes look best with the balance of my wardrobe. That is my aesthetic and not the one you propose.