Hi all. I'd like some opinions if you'd indulge me. I need a nice new pair of black and brown shoes. I've order a pair of AE McAllisters in walnut which are on their way. However, I'm having second thoughts. Here is what I need...
For work I'm business casual 50% and in a suit 50%. So, in the black shoe I'm looking for something I can mainly wear with a suit and occasionally without. The walnut I plan to wear much more often. I'm looking for something I can wear with my gray, navy, etc. suits and during business casual days which are usually darker pants. But I'd also like a brown shoe I can wear to certain events like Thanksgiving or other times where I would dress "nice" but not overly formal.
Here is my conundrum...
Between the Strand and McAllister, which would you get in which color? Like I said I bought the McAllister in walnut and now I'm thinking I should have gotten the Strand. I'm thinking when not with a suit the McAllister may look like a cowboy boot. Would you get two colors of the same shoe? I'm leaning towards walnut Strand and black McAllister but then sometimes I think that a black cap toe is a timeless essential. I also find the McAllister aesthetically more pleasing but think that it may be less practical than the Strand. I feel like maybe the Strand is more universal.
I'm torn. Opinions? In the picture below the top row are the McAllisters and bottom is the Strand.
Edited by AdamAdam - 3/27/13 at 1:48pm