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Are oxfords only for suits?

Poll Results: Are oxfords only for suits?

 
  • 18% (7)
    Yes
  • 81% (30)
    No
37 Total Votes  
post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
The only two oxfords in my collection are black and brown captoes. I only wear them suits.

However, I notice that some here wear oxfords with odd trousers. Was wondering what the forum's opinion on the matter is.
post #2 of 17
I wear oxfords with smart odd-jackets and trousers - some of my oxfords are not black (i.e. midnight blue, old rose, chameleon)
post #3 of 17
Can be worn with a sports coat but perhaps too formal in the twenty first century.
post #4 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by Macallan View Post

I wear oxfords with smart odd-jackets and trousers...

+1 

 

I even wear some (brown or burgundy) models with dark jeans on weekends.


Edited by Longmorn - 9/21/13 at 12:00pm
post #5 of 17
I like wearing non-black oxfords with jeans or chinos :-)
post #6 of 17
I see where your earlier comment to me tied in to this thread.

I would say that I have little need to be so conservative, and wear suits rarely. On that note, maybe that is why I have yet to pick up the stable dark brown/black oxford captoe.

I have mostly boots, derbies, and monks, but I would not be afraid to wear an oxford of more casual color/details with odd trousers and jacket.
post #7 of 17

Almost exclusively with suits, absolutely never with jeans.

post #8 of 17
The most formal oxfords such as stitch cap and punch caps I only wear with suits. Once brogues get involved, I don't care as much.
post #9 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by archibaldleach View Post

The most formal oxfords such as stitch cap and punch caps I only wear with suits. Once brogues get involved, I don't care as much.

This is my rule as well. I would add that I never wear black shoes of any kind with odd jackets.
post #10 of 17

I occasionally wear more clunky (i.e. Allen Edmonds) and casual (i.e. wingtip, lighter colors) oxfords with heavily tapered chinos or jeans. I am 21, though, so I get a bit more freedom with what I wear. Black straight tips I'd only wear with a dark suit. Couldn't pull off wearing something like C&J or G&G with jeans either without looking eurotrashy.

post #11 of 17
I wear oxfords with suits only. I have bluchers for everything else.
post #12 of 17
More casual oxfords like saddle oxfords or spectators I will wear with garments other than a suit. My more dressy oxfords, e.g., A-E PA or Byron (same as Fifth Ave. on a different last), I reserve exclusively for wear with a suit.

I have never been able to savvy the rationale for the supposed rule that black shoes are to be reserved for suits exclusively. I first discovered it in Manton's book, have not heard much about it otherwise, but just saw it re-iterated above.
post #13 of 17
Strictly speaking, oxfords go with suits or dressier attire...but realistically speaking, no one outside this board really cares. Non-black oxfords such as the AE strand look really nice with dark denim and an OCBD.
post #14 of 17
As others here have pointed out, a brogued oxford, like a blue/navy or brown wingtip, would be fine with odd trousers or well cut, darkly colored jeans. A black whole it could possibly pass, too. Balmoral captoes would be too formal IMO for anything but a suit.
post #15 of 17
Oxfords with suits is a very anglo-saxon UCBD principle - in continental europe the divide is more black/other colors. My personal approach is the following - very business suits - i.e. worsteds, plain or stripes with "dress" oxfords or derbies (captoe black oxfords or derbies, brown oxfords, captoe or whole cut), less city suits - i.e. flannels, visible PoW, etc. - black or brown shoes with brogueing, tweeds, onfly brown derbies or very heavy brogues. Of course this is a very simplistic approach, different situations can call for special solutions - travel, etc. Btw, other posters are right, nobody out of the board will notice!
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