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post #1 of 14
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Hey all, first time post here (but surely not the last).

 

As always, I promise I have done my research about this before bugging you all with another similar question. My dilemma: I really would like to add a pair of suede oxfords to my collection (preferably gray), yet I'm a bit afraid of their compatibility. I would like to end up with something I can wear fairly often, as I like the look of suede shoes. Obviously I realize that brown suede would be a safe option but I really like the look of gray suede. I'm really just uncertain as to what to pair with them relating to my bottom half. Both pants and belts have me stumped. I have heard some recommend a black belt but I wonder if there are any other options because black just seems too formal and that is not the look I am going for. Really I am just shooting for a fairly casual look with preferably just chinos.

 

So, if others have had pairing luck with gray suede oxfords or just have a few cents to toss in I would love to hear it. Or perhaps if you have another color suggestion, fire away!¡

 

And for a reference, I am looking at a style similar to these:

http://www.kennethcole.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4059744

 

I would like something a bit nicer than those but I can't seem to find any that catch my eye. Although, I suppose it might be nice to have a pair of "knockarounds" like those for informal situations.

post #2 of 14
I'm struggling to think of a single instance where smoke coloured shoes are the best option; either a white buck in summer, or a navy blue or brown for more high-contrast. With chinos those shoes will make the cloth look very yellow, a darker one would work best.

Even more odd-ball suits like a stone coloured linen or a navy cotton would be better served with another shoe.

I literally cannot think of a good combination for those shoes....
Obvious shit that shouldn't need to be said, but I still will (Click to show)
Don't ever buy Kenneth Cole shoes. Terrible quality combined with designs that look terrible. Consider AE, Loake, Trickers, Barker for similar prices. Move up to Crockett & Jones, Cheaney if you wish to push the boat out.
post #3 of 14
They are better suited to casual trousers, such as chinos; you can wear that with trousers in sky blue, tan, light green, lilac, pink, etc. In terms of the belt, I think canvas and madras belts would work best.

You should list the shoes you already have, you will find more versatility in light and medium brown suede shoes. You could go for different styles, for example light brown suede (loafer), medium brown (chukka) and light grey (laced shoe).

Have you considered white shoes?
post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by Blackhood View Post

I'm struggling to think of a single instance where smoke coloured shoes are the best option; either a white buck in summer, or a navy blue or brown for more high-contrast. With chinos those shoes will make the cloth look very yellow, a darker one would work best.

Even more odd-ball suits like a stone coloured linen or a navy cotton would be better served with another shoe.

I literally cannot think of a good combination for those shoes....
Obvious shit that shouldn't need to be said, but I still will (Click to show)
Don't ever buy Kenneth Cole shoes. Terrible quality combined with designs that look terrible. Consider AE, Loake, Trickers, Barker for similar prices. Move up to Crockett & Jones, Cheaney if you wish to push the boat out.

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(edited as I placed the wrong link below originally for my STF reference)

I was tempted heavily to pick up the John Lobb Grey Willoughbys when Leather Soul put them on sale as I had admired them in person at the JL store here in OC, but when push came to shove I couldn't think of what to wear with them, outside of white pants. I was even tempted by these at STF http://www.shopthefinest.com/p-46141-santoni-gray-shoes-size-105-us-95-uk.aspx and really loved them, but thankfully they were still overpriced and was shown some SC's that took my mind off them quickly.

There are other shades of brown...or you may even want to look at Loden suede as well like these from Carmina: http://www.skoaktiebolaget.se/news/910-ante-calf-verde-wholecut. I'd also check the Carmina suede captoes over at The Armoury...those are beautiful. The AS Herrick at AFPoS is a pretty good value and some of the IRL pictures of SFers I've seen that purchased it are better than the one here: http://www.afinepairofshoes.co.uk/collections/sale-price-asc/products/alfred-sargent-exclusive-herrick-suede-semi-brogue.
Edited by ElementHU - 6/24/13 at 7:37am
post #5 of 14
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Obvious shit that shouldn't need to be said, but I still will (Click to show)
Don't ever buy Kenneth Cole shoes. Terrible quality combined with designs that look terrible. Consider AE, Loake, Trickers, Barker for similar prices. Move up to Crockett & Jones, Cheaney if you wish to push the boat out.

Really I was just using those Kenneth Cole shoes as an example. I would like to find a style similar to those though. I have seen some close to those but I just haven't seen any that work for me. If you happen to know of some that have similar styling to those I would love to see them, otherwise I will continue my search.

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Originally Posted by Macallan View Post

You should list the shoes you already have, you will find more versatility in light and medium brown suede shoes. You could go for different styles, for example light brown suede (loafer), medium brown (chukka) and light grey (laced shoe).

Have you considered white shoes?

As far as current shoes, I have no suede shoes. I have a pair of AE Fifth Avenue (black), a pair of AE Park Avenue (bourbon), and a pair of Florsheim Hugo dress boots (brown). Honestly it was a toss up with the Florsheims. I know their old imperial line was supposed to be solid but I have heard lesser things about their new line. I've had them for about eight months now and they have faired quite well even through snow and slush. I have to say that I am pretty happy with their construction in all honesty but we will see where they are in another 10 years...

 

As far as white shoes go, I am a bit afraid of them.

 

Perhaps it's just best to stick with a pair of brown suede shoes?¿ How do you feel about navy (or something similar)? I suppose I could just purchase a pair of gray suede shoes for those off chances I get to wear them and supplement them with a more compatible color.

post #6 of 14
You could pair grey suede bluchers (those aren't oxfords because they have open lacing system) with dark denim, or dark-coloured trousers (e.g. navy, brown).

However, unless you have a really expansive cache of shoes (which it doesn't sound like you do), I'd recommend looking into something mid-brown if you're venturing into suede. It'll be a lot more versatile. Buying a piece of clothing you're excited about and having it sit in the closet, or feeling like it's not paired well with whatever else you own, isn't great.
post #7 of 14

Sometimes the distance from one manufacturer's "gray" suede and another's "dirty" buck isn't that far.  If you are looking to just stick your toe into the water for suede without investing in some of the nicer brands mentioned, here are a couple of idea:

 

Walkover, though perhaps not the company it once was, makes bucks in a lot of colors with Goodyear welting.  http://www.walkover.com/Walkover-Derby-in-Dirty-Buck-Suede-color

 

Right now Neiman's is having an internet only sale.  They have a Walkover in "clay" (maybe a bit of tan there?) in a win-tip blucher variant that's going to be an extra 25% off the already discounted price through Monday evening. http://www.neimanmarcus.com/p/Walkover-Vintage-Warren-Wing-Tip-Clay-walkover-/prod157590227___/?icid=&searchType=MAIN&rte=%252Fsearch.jsp%253FN%253D0%2526Ntt%253Dwlkover%2526_requestid%253D115814&eItemId=prod157590227&cmCat=search

 

Orvis "only" has the traditional white and dirty but currently have them about 10% off.  But, only D widths. http://www.orvis.com/store/product.aspx?pf_id=06l0

 

Finally, Brooks Brothers still has their on sale for 25% off in a LOT of colors but in limited sizes.  One color is in a "dark gray" that seems to have a bit of blue mixed in it that might improve your coordination problems that you have with light gray.  http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Suede-Buck/MH00338_____LTBR_07___D___,default,pd.html?omnpp=recently%20viewed

post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by Count de Monet View Post

Sometimes the distance from one manufacturer's "gray" suede and another's "dirty" buck isn't that far.  If you are looking to just stick your toe into the water for suede without investing in some of the nicer brands mentioned, here are a couple of idea:

My issue isn't the concern of investing in those "nicer brands", my issue is that those brands simply don't make anything appealing to me. I do like those AE gray oxfords but I haven't really ever heard much about their quality of shoes. I mean, I am happy with their clothing (although it always seems a bit baggy on me off the rack) but shoes are a whole other game. Also, they do not have them in my size which is a total bummer.

 

On the note of those Walkovers, I like the color of those Derbys but that pencil eraser-colored sole just looks so childish or cheap. Perhaps it's just the photo they are using but it just looks awful. The Vintages are alright but the color scares me a bit. It would seem as if I would be in the same boat with those as I would be with a pair that leaned more towards gray.

 

I'm still just worried about a brown suede too. Obviously I know it would unlock tons of pairing possibilities but it just seems a bit dull to me. To me, suede should be exciting and granted that I do love brown shoes, I just would like something that grabs a bit more attention. What are your opinions of perhaps a navy option?

post #9 of 14
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If I were to select a navy suede, what belt options would pair well with them? I am always terribly at selecting a belt for shoes not in the most basic of colors such as brown and black.

post #10 of 14
Those KC's are bad. Shape of the last and color. DON'T DO IT. You'll regret it later.

Navy suede is much better than grey. But a shade of brown will always be more versatile than both navy and grey.

Herring Shoes has some low priced navy suede shoes

http://www.herringshoes.co.uk/search-results.php?sizeid=9&fitid=2&styleid=&colourid=7

You can also look at Loake, Bass, and Lands End

http://www.landsend.com/shop/shoes/mens-footwear-shoes-dress-shoes/-/N-fzsZjq1?applyPromo=0&cm_mmc=147613802&promoState=SWING-_-VALID


Keep in mind that none of these shoes are appropriate for conservative business dress. Don't walk into an interview or important meeting with these.
post #11 of 14
Brown belt with navy suede. You could do any shade, but I'd stay away from dark dark brown because it's going to look more business-y. That being said, in the real world, people aren't going to give one fuck what color your belt is in relation to your shoes.
post #12 of 14
Since you really like grey suede, there are these from Leather Soul: http://leathersoulhawaii.com/2013/06/17/trickers-summer-suede-keswicks-lsw/ and I believe they just added some chocolate ones with blue trim on the commando sole http://leathersoulhawaii.com/2013/06/24/trickers-chocolate-suede-keswicks-lsbh/. Then again, since you made the comment about the soles on the Walkovers, these may not appeal to you either.
post #13 of 14
Pair your oxfords with dark jeans or trousers.
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by ElementHU View Post

Since you really like grey suede, there are these from Leather Soul: http://leathersoulhawaii.com/2013/06/17/trickers-summer-suede-keswicks-lsw/ and I believe they just added some chocolate ones with blue trim on the commando sole http://leathersoulhawaii.com/2013/06/24/trickers-chocolate-suede-keswicks-lsbh/. Then again, since you made the comment about the soles on the Walkovers, these may not appeal to you either.

I'd say those look great. I definitely like those chocolate ones and the light tan ones too. I think they appeal to me even more than those gray ones. These are definitely now top on my list of choices for a pair of suede shoes.

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