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I don't hate you brah, i just wish you'd be a bit more accepting of a certain member.

As for this discussion. I don't like whole cuts. Austerity brogues are awesome though, so score!
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I don't think Noodles should purchase C&J Westbourne in Chestnut. While I have them, and enjoy them, they can be tricky to integrate into a conservative fit. Plus, I believe the transition from dark brown and black to reddish shoes it to big of a step for him.

When I started purchasing quality shoes a couple of years ago I, much like you, purchased C&J only. Westbourne first, Hallam second, Drummond after that. But after a while I looked elsewhere also, and I'm glad I did. I guess what I'm trying to say is; don't stick to one maker only. There's a whole world of shoes out there. While I love my pair of Westbourne (the only C&J pair I have left), I started to appreciate other, more conservative, lasts when taking a look at other makers.

If you have the opportunity to try Vass, do it. I think a pair of Vass on the U-last, Old English Plain model in either dark brown or black would be ideal for your conservative/minimalist taste. I own a pair in black. I rarely use it as I'm not required to dress conservatively, but when I do, I feel like on top of the world.
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^ One of my pics above is Vass F last Old English II in oxblood. I think F is better than U as I don't think Noodles current lasts are that chiseled but I do so realized that's more personal peference.
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I don't know. There was a lady staring at me in an empty hall as I yelled capture at my phone. 
I tend to lean to my right in my natural stance. I believe Field mentioned that my balance will always be off because I have no @ss. (I hope that's what you meant by balance). 

Okay, gosh darn it. It is official. I hit 190 lbs not too long ago and with proper diet and exercise (mainly jump rope and squat) I knocked off 10 lbs. My trousers need work done now. 

You finally lost the 10lbs that you said you'd lose a year ago?

That's awesome man!! Congrats!

On trousers, I don't think you should taper them too much, as it might make your feet look too big. The jacket would look pretty odd with very tapered trousers as well. Just make sure you stay on the conservative side.
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Burgundy shoes aren't hard to pull off especially with navy or grey.
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^ One of my pics above is Vass F last Old English II in oxblood. I think F is better than U as I don't think Noodles current lasts are that chiseled but I do so realized that's more personal peference.
F would also be great. It's really about personal taste. But from what Noodles have considered it seems U is more suited to his taste than F. If you prefer the look of 348, U would be more in line with that than F, no? But I agree, F lasted Oxblood shoes would be a great alternative.
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Burgundy shoes aren't hard to pull off especially with navy or grey.
I agree. But Chestnut isn't a dark burgundy color. It's more red than burgundy. Oxblood on the other hand would pair well with the colors you suggested.
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F would also be great. It's really about personal taste. But from what Noodles have considered it seems U is more suited to his taste than F. If you prefer the look of 348, U would be more in line with that than F, no? But I agree, F lasted Oxblood shoes would be a great alternative.

Also interested in a pair of Vass Oxbloods in F last - assume NMWA is still the quickest/most hassle-free source?

 

BTW also keen to get some advice on the most effective shoe purchases for a predominantly navy/grey/charcoal suit collection. So far I have 3 pairs of AE (the last pair were given to me by a colleague who no longer wanted them, yet to find anything suitable to pair them with):

 

 

 

 

 

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Can I get some suggestions on suspenders? Kind of like the ones Braddock wears?

So shoes with broguing are too grandfatherly for you but you're asking for advice about suspenders?

Sorry man, that's just lol...

Also, my shoe opinion is: I don't mind wholecuts but much prefer other shoes over them. I really dislike floating medallions.
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Noodles, what kind of shoes do the guys at work wear?

Might be safer to think about fitting in more. Burgundy/oxblood could stand out a bit too much at this point in time.
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Noodles, what kind of shoes do the guys at work wear?

Might be safer to think about fitting in more. Burgundy/oxblood could stand out a bit too much at this point in time.

Just the dudes on my team, there's one dude with Faragamo, another with AE, another with RLPL. All derbies though, no oxfords.

I already stand out with the way I dress so I don't mind at all. 

 

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You finally lost the 10lbs that you said you'd lose a year ago?

That's awesome man!! Congrats!

On trousers, I don't think you should taper them too much, as it might make your feet look too big. The jacket would look pretty odd with very tapered trousers as well. Just make sure you stay on the conservative side.
Does this look funny? The trousers here are really tapered but the jacket was left untouched. 
50R jacket and 30(?) trousers.

 

 
 

Edited by The Noodles - 3/25/15 at 10:53am
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@sebastian mcfox , you can't pair wingtips? Do you ever wear SC's and not suits? They're fine with suits these days too depending on where you work.

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@sebastian mcfox , you can't pair wingtips? Do you ever wear SC's and not suits? They're fine with suits these days too depending on where you work.

It's the colour rather the style I struggle with. They are much lighter in person and  - to my eyes - look odd with any suit I've tried to pair them with.

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Also interested in a pair of Vass Oxbloods in F last - assume NMWA is still the quickest/most hassle-free source?

BTW also keen to get some advice on the most effective shoe purchases for a predominantly navy/grey/charcoal suit collection. So far I have 3 pairs of AE (the last pair were given to me by a colleague who no longer wanted them, yet to find anything suitable to pair them with):
Can't answer your first question, as I reside in Sweden.

As for your second question, it depends on your preferences and style. Color-wise, which you mention later, black, oxblood and dark brown are all safe bets with the kind kd suits you mentioned. It's hard to give advise without background information.

All talk about Vass made me remember that I needed to condition one of my pairs. U-last, antique cognac, punched cap:
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It's the colour rather the style I struggle with. They are much lighter in person and  - to my eyes - look odd with any suit I've tried to pair them with.

You can start using darker shades of polish on them if you're up for an experiment.
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