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I have 12 pairs of shoes. During the week I rotate my 4 black cap toes, and black loafers on Friday's. During the weekend I usually wear one of my two pairs of suede loafers, or one of my two pairs of boots if it's bad weather.

 

That means 9 pairs get worn regularly, and the other 3 are worn maybe once a month. The only shoes I'd still buy are a pair of burgundy shell long wings for weekend wear and black bal boots for when it's bad weather during the weekdays.

 

Being limited to wearing black cap toes only during the work week really limits the amount of shoes you can wear, and consequently can buy. I suppose it's a good thing.

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Originally Posted by Sotiris View Post

@in stitches What wingtips were you wearing with the new Panta DB suit you posted last week? Those I really dug and they seemed less pointy than some of your other GG.

Thanks! Those are the first pair of high end shoes I ever bought. G&G Westminsters on the MH71 in Vintage Oak, from Bespoke England. The 71s are much more "normcore" than the 73s or the 70s. I have 3 pairs on the 71, 2 on the 73, one on the 70 (probably going to sell those), and one on the 06.
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I do my best to wear all of shoes at least once every other week, or every 3rd. There are inevitably some that get more wear than others, either my wet weather shoes, or a few pairs that I just like a lot.

Regarding the comments about lasts, I would not do the 888 on the Dover I dont think. In general, despite your guyses senseless dislike of more chiseled lasts, they are my favorite for a jacket and tie attire. I try to have my jacket and tie fits on the slimmer/closer/shapelier side, without being uncomfortable or fashion forward, as such, I feel the more chiseled lasts just look better there. Its also just a shape that appeals to me more. I like how it looks. My faves being the MH71, TG73, U, Simpson and 888. I love the Deco but I dont think I have the right build for it. Its a bridge too far even for me. If I liked a more drapey, off the body, fit of my clothes, I would probably veer more towards rounder lasts.

However, with my more casual fits, I prefer a less sleek last, and I usually pair my F lasts, Marlows, or rounder AS boots with that stuff.

So really, for me, its more about, as usual, coherency. I like the last to make sense with what Im wearing. Now, obviously there are rounder lasts that would work just fine with the jacket and tie fits I sport, but it looks better to me, with a sleeker shoe, plus I like the sleeker shoe, so I go that route.

So really for real really, its a mix of coherency and being a chiseled last ho-bag.

 

I'm on the same page.  I'm at 13 pairs of shoes and boots with no real need to add anything else.  Sleeker lasts for my cap toes (Carmina Inca and Rain) to go with suits, more rounded lasts for everything else.  Even one pair of shell loafers for wearing with jeans in the spring and summer.  I would love to get a pair of tobacco suede chukkas in a round last, but have not because I recognize I won't really have the occasions to wear them right now.

 

I'm starting to think the Carminas you returned are a tough fit for many.  The Rain last is already fairly wide, but the suede stretches ridiculously easy and the sole is fairly thick, which leaves me using tongue pads and still gettting some heel slip.  I love the shoes, but they are my worst fitting Carminas.

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smile.gif for dame page frown.gif for ill fitting lasts.

After some quick research I quite like the 82 last as well.
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Mostly I wear black shoe. It suits me perfect with black court.
Edited by Rahat - 1/23/15 at 12:23pm
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

Thanks! Those are the first pair of high end shoes I ever bought. G&G Westminsters on the MH71 in Vintage Oak, from Bespoke England. The 71s are much more "normcore" than the 73s or the 70s. I have 3 pairs on the 71, 2 on the 73, one on the 70 (probably going to sell those), and one on the 06.

Those Westministers are definite keepers. I love those shoes.
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Those Westministers are definite keepers. I love those shoes.

<3

ZOMG me too !

But I dont wear them nearly enough. For shame.
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Just pedantics FYI..chiseled =/= square. 

 

StC Riva last, for example, is a chiseled round toe. Both below are Riva last; chisel rerfers to the chisel-like sloping of the toebox in the side view.

 

 

G&G TG73 is an example of square chiseled.

G&G MH71 is soft-square chiseled. 

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How about some pics of the shoe collections just like we had with the shirt collections?   That was some good learning! 

 

Also, would anybody be willing to share some specific recommendations for your first 2 pairs of shoes for CBD?  Around the $300 - $350 price range if that is doable.  

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How about some pics of the shoe collections just like we had with the shirt collections?   That was some good learning! 

Also, would anybody be willing to share some specific recommendations for your first 2 pairs of shoes for CBD?  Around the $300 - $350 price range if that is doable.  

Easy....black and brown captoe oxfords. With the current exchange rates, you can get great deals on Carmina from the likes of Skoak and even direct through Carmina's web store.

I can snap a shot of one of my shoe racks later.
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Seeing as we are talking about shoes, here's another new pair that arrived yesterday afternoon that I haven't included in the original photos:



They are Bontoni.
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Originally Posted by Murlsquirl View Post

Easy....black and brown captoe oxfords. With the current exchange rates, you can get great deals on Carmina from the likes of Skoak and even direct through Carmina's web store.

I can snap a shot of one of my shoe racks later.

Bespoke-Engljand has a 35% off discount on all shoes right now incidentally.
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Originally Posted by Murlsquirl View Post


Easy....black and brown captoe oxfords. With the current exchange rates, you can get great deals on Carmina from the likes of Skoak and even direct through Carmina's web store.

I can snap a shot of one of my shoe racks later.

 

I really want to buy a pair of Edward Green or Gaziano & Girling from Skoak, but I gotta discipline myself: job first, splurge second.

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Jfrat, your koppage level is through the roof. Did you just win lottery? (Rhetorical, it`s your business and I'm just jealous)
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Jfrat, your koppage level is through the roof. Did you just win lottery? (Rhetorical, it`s your business and I'm just jealous)

Haha no - it is a personality disorder I think - when I get interested in something I become very obsessed with perfecting my knowledge of that thing. With menswear it means buying stuff to learn smile.gif

You should see my bathroom cupboards after my foray into gentlemen's grooming products and my house is full of taxidermy from my interest in dead animals.
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