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post #22216 of 37662
I'm thinking of selling a pair of brown captoes i own since I'm not going to touch them for a couple of years...

I have a pair of burgundy shoes I'll be able to wear with grey or navy suits etc.

Stupid idea?

I legit can't see myself wearing them as a student. I really wear them to work now as it is.
post #22217 of 37662
Okay. We'll save the picnic attqck for another day. Thanks for chiming in on thr collars. Now can anyone suggest a good tie to go with that shirt???
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Just found the Formosa gray flannel waiting at my front door. Fabric is better than I imagined. And lighter too bounce2.gif
Oh no you didn't~
post #22218 of 37662
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Originally Posted by The Noodles View Post

Okay. We'll save the picnic attqck for another day. Thanks for chiming in on thr collars. Now can anyone suggest a good tie to go with that shirt???
Oh no you didn't~

Black knit. Grey suit.
post #22219 of 37662
Aren't knits square at the end? Isn't that too informal?
post #22220 of 37662
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Aren't knits square at the end? Isn't that too informal?

Howard Yount and Knottery carry triangle end knits. I own a few

They are still informal, yes
post #22221 of 37662
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IMO, only black shoes, a white or blue shirt, white PS. The tie is where you get to express yourself. smile.gif

what's wrong with a dark brown shoe and that suit????

crazy talk
post #22222 of 37662

Okay, after much debate (thank you) I'm willing to consider another pair of black shoes. I'm thinking one of the following and need your advice. It would be worn with SCs mainly (for suits I will reach for my cap toes when I need a black shoe).

Gaziano & Girling, Burlington (Click to show)

If I (we) decide on this make up, I will probably have another maker replicate the model, as G&G is currently out of my budget.

 

Vass, Budapest-Oxford (Click to show)

 

Vass, Old English Medallion (Click to show)

 

Carmina, Double monk (Click to show)
post #22223 of 37662

I would take the double monk, but that's also because I like double monks.  

 

For me a black semi-brogue (Burlington and the OE medallion) is too much neither fish nor fowl. I own a pair - C&J Selbourne - and always find that with a suit a punch cap would work better while still having the same visual appeal over a plain stitch cap and for black shoe SC fits (I do not wear the Selbournes with these) either the monk or the Budapester would work better.

post #22224 of 37662
^ Honestly would not wear a black shoe with many sportcoats. Maybe with a navy blazer.

Sportcoat is sporty and usually demands a shoe in a more casual color.
post #22225 of 37662
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post

Aren't knits square at the end? Isn't that too informal?

Yes they are informal. Shirt fabric doesn't look too formal either. @The Noodles is it a cotton linen blend? Great fabric.
post #22226 of 37662
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Originally Posted by jrd617 View Post

^ Honestly would not wear a black shoe with many sportcoats. Maybe with a navy blazer.

Sportcoat is sporty and demands a shoe in a more casual color.

 

I also do not wear black shoes with SCs, but if I did it would either be a wingtip like the Budapester or a DM.  I included the possibility of black shoes/SC in the comment above in deference to the recent discussion on the topic in this thread.

post #22227 of 37662

@DonRaphael, the only pair I would consider with a SC would be the dub monks. And then only with relatively formal SC's, like a navy blazer.

post #22228 of 37662
Navy blazer, white or light blue shirt, any kind of tie, medium grey trousers and black sleek loafers. Black shoes only look good with navy sportcoats, but if you wear navy a lot a nice black loafer can be worth it.

You have to take into account that very little people have the need to wear the more formal city fits on SF, hence popular opinion tends to go to the country end of the scale, which includes such things as brown shoes.
post #22229 of 37662

Thanks for your suggestions, gentlemen. I actually gave up on a pair of black loafers from C&J at a very good price just recently because I felt that black and loafers didn't go well together. But I'm planning to purchase a pair of loafers later, but in a brown hue with a red undertone.

 

I do wear navy SC often, and given that I do not intend to wear the black shoe with suits, DMs might be a better option than the other alternatives. I own one pair of DMs (brown suede) but prefer to wear them with chinos instead of wool/dressier trousers.

 

The reason I brought the whole black shoe discussion up to start with is that I really like the look of black shoes, but I'm struggling to find a place for them outside of with suits. And since I'm not required to wear suits all that often (and when I do, I don't always want to wear black shoes) I feel I'm missing out on it.

post #22230 of 37662
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Originally Posted by Monkeyface View Post

Navy blazer, white or light blue shirt, any kind of tie, medium grey trousers and black sleek loafers. Black shoes only look good with navy sportcoats, but if you wear navy a lot a nice black loafer can be worth it.

 

But in most cases it looks better with brown...

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