Originally Posted by Wayward
The general population wouldn't notice. More importantly though, why does it matter? If it looks good, and it's by far your favourite styling, then guess what? Chances are, you'll reach for the Strands far more than the other 2 pairs and ironically then, it may be more noticeable because you'll be wearing the SAME pair of Strands all the time.
So you don't go overboard though, I'd suggest you pick up 1 more pair, and see how it works with 2. Unless it's making you self-conscious for whatever reason, then by all means. Strands get a lot of love around here too, so I think you've made the right choice.
Thanks for being so helpful and welcoming guys. It was weird because what got me interested in nicer shoes were the McAllisters. They looked awesome online so I went into the Allen Edmonds retail store and went straight to the salesman and asked to try on a pair. Then as I was walking out of the store, I quickly browsed at the fifth/park avenues, the different color neumoks and mctavishes, then the strands. Although both the McAllisters and Strands have lots of broguing, when compared side by side, the Strands looked a lot...neater? I can't really pinpoint why I like the strands better, but I think its that the mcallisters look a little too "busy" for my taste now.
I mean I wouldn't mind having McAllisters (they are really beautiful and what got me interested in Allen edmonds shoes in the first place), but with limited budget (I'm a grad/professional student), I didn't want to spend money on a different style JUST for the sake of having two different styles. I'm glad it isn't something horribly faux pas.
And by the way, I ended up with dark brown cordovan Strands from the shoebank sale. It was the most impulsive purchase ever, and I was thinking of cancelling it over the past couple hours, but I received confirmation that it was shipped. Whelps I guess two pairs of Strands for me.
Do you guys have any advice for my third pair. Over on the main allen edmonds appreciation forum, another member told me to ditch the black park avenues because they are too dressy. I would mainly be wearing these on the clinic floor with cords/trousers/khakis, a nice shirt, and a nice sweater over if it gets colder.