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Is there any reason why I should or should not do this, other than its rather insane and materialistic to replace perfectly usable footwear before necessary?
 

 

 

Let's be honest here. Everything about our little #menswear hobby may be considered "insane and materialistic."

 

I can't speak for the big timer brands like Vass or EG, but I love my Carmina Chelsea boots and struggle to find excuses to wear any other shoe.

 

 

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Let's be honest here. Everything about our little #menswear hobby may be considered "insane and materialistic."

I can't speak for the big timer brands like Vass or EG, but I love my Carmina Chelsea boots and struggle to find excuses to wear any other shoe.

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Yes, those are amazing (I actually have a GMTO for those in museum calf through GF)! I do have a nice assortment of shoes for more casual work occasions. I was just thinking why not consolidate and own fewer pairs...
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Is there any reason why I should or should not do this, other than its rather insane and materialistic to replace perfectly usable footwear before necessary?
 

 

 

Let's be honest here. Everything about our little #menswear hobby may be considered "insane and materialistic."

 

 

With respect, I think ‘materialistic’ describes motivation, which we’re often not privy to when it comes to other people.   While I don’t doubt that some people who are interested in apparel might fit your description, I think that others (including more than a few here) are motivated by the same aesthetic impulses that motivate, say, art collectors.   Some others might be better compared to the artists themselves:   their raw material isn’t paint or charcoal, it’s individual items of clothing which they combine to created compositions.   Sometimes these can be the same person.

 

I know it was just a passing remark, but I don’t want any new posters thinking that anyone needs to apologize for pursuing this particular interest.

 

Cheers,

 

Ac  :)

 

P.S.:  Thanks for the pics of the Chelseas.   As you may know, I'm known to be rather fond of them myself ...

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Ha! I only used that word in order to provide a potential rhetorical angle to argue as devils advocate.

No moral judgement compass implied.
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Selling AE to fund Vass/EG = DO IT NOW
post #29601 of 37439
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Selling AE to fund Vass/EG = DO IT NOW

LOL, but weren't you the fellow who has a self-proclaimed irrational hatred of AE? Should I trust your judgement????
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Thread Starter 

I like AE a lot. If you aren't wearing them much, and most importantly, the other brand is as comfortable as AE, then yeah, sell a few AE's for a nicer shoe. Any reason for Vass/EG? At this point, aesthetics should be your biggest concern (what shoe looks the nicest to you).

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With respect, I think ‘materialistic’ describes motivation, which we’re often not privy to when it comes to other people.   While I don’t doubt that some people who are interested in apparel might fit your description, I think that others (including more than a few here) are motivated by the same aesthetic impulses that motivate, say, art collectors.   Some others might be better compared to the artists themselves:   their raw material isn’t paint or charcoal, it’s individual items of clothing which they combine to created compositions.   Sometimes these can be the same person.

 

I know it was just a passing remark, but I don’t want any new posters thinking that anyone needs to apologize for pursuing this particular interest.

 

Cheers,

 

Ac  :)

 

P.S.:  Thanks for the pics of the Chelseas.   As you may know, I'm known to be rather fond of them myself ...

 

 

Well if you want to get rather academic(2) about it, I believe I simply stated that it may be considered materialistic etc., in the passive form. We don't know who is actively doing the considering here.

 

Certainly not me. I pursue these aesthetic interests avidly.

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LOL, but weren't you the fellow who has a self-proclaimed irrational hatred of AE? Should I trust your judgement????

1. Hate is a strong word.

2. Everyone should always trust my judgement.

3. Agree with Clags. Vass/EG/JL/St. C/GG are all excellent. Pick the one that you like the most and will get the most use out of.
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C&J handgrade has some very nice lasts as well. No pointy elf shoes though, if that's your bag.

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Elfward Green

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I can't remember which of those three makes the elf shoes. I think maybe two do. Stitchy should know. Provided he's not busy making toys for the chil'uns

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G&G is endorsed by Santa's Workshop.

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So, I've got this crazy idea. I've got three suit shoes that I barely wear, because I don't wear suits as often as I used to. all allen Edmonds: burgundy shell park avenue, brown shell strand, and black calf Double monk.

Since I only wear suits every once in a while, why do I need both burgundy and dark brown? They're both perfect usable, in great shape actually and well maintained. And shell, because I know the cool kids love shell. However, I was considering selling them both and replace them with just one much nicer shoe, in dark brown, possibly an Edward Green Chelsea in dark oak. Perhaps it's better to have just one excellent shoe that I wear occasionally than two reasonably good shoes that I wear almost never. And I'm actually finding that I prefer calf to shell for dress shoes anyway.

Is there any reason why I should or should not do this, other than its rather insane and materialistic to replace perfectly usable footwear before necessary?

And for those who own both, do you find an appreciable difference in quality between Vass and Edward Green?

TIA.

If you rarely wear suits, then the main reason for multiple pairs of shoes—rotation—goes out the window. A nice pair of dark brown oxfords would cover just about any non-formal occasion.
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Elf shoe discussion is silly. Every major maker makes a variety of lasts, some pointier than others. I happen to like some (but not all) of the more aggressive last.
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