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post #91 of 112
I live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
What do you think of wearing spectators in the Fall, Winter, or Spring?
I know the "rule" says "no white shoes after Labor Day", but spectators are as much brown (or black) as they are white. Also, most people don't know the "rule" anyway.
I get lots of compliments when I wear my AE spectators.
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My Santoni FAM blake constructed summer shoes. It's canvas and leather. I believe the last is called 'Eduard'.
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eg malvern
post #94 of 112
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Originally Posted by Film Noir Buff View Post
I cant speak for the rest of the world but you can walk around Manhattan in these. For afterhours, you can wear them with most sorts of suit or odd pants in the summer pretty much at will. The younger crowd is going to associate them with the Jazz/gangster age or with non-conformity, which is a net positive. If you want to test your clout (or invisibility) wear them to the office.

If there is a problem with spectators, it is that they are affected and slightly effete. Most American men see shoes as functional and if the shoes are different, they had better have a rugged association. Even on SF, the shoes that people go wild about are the balmoral boots. I suppose it's because there's a rationalizing practicality about them; they look like combat or muddy terrain boots.

Also, when people see balmoral boots, they will assume the wearer is a blue collar guy who made bucks and wanted a better pair of the same shoes he wore when he had a paper route (Sort of like how Steve Martin built himself a larger shanty in the film "The Jerk"). Although some might think he is wearing orthotics or is possibly some sort of tasteless geek; not very threatening.


For day wear, spectators arouse a threat that the wearer may be evoking a better, more exclusive age. Something that NYC office denizens might find quite threatening.Spectators are hard to hide, and you will get comments on them which is something a lot of men are uncomfortable with. Basically, you need considerable confidence to wear these shoes which may explain why they are bought frequently on impulse because of their beauty but never worn.


There's lot of what you say there FNB but I just bought these and we will see how these go in downtown Sydney this summer with a linen suit:



If you changed the suede colour on the BB AS suede spectators



and antiqued them a bit would they look like this?
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eg malvern
post #95 of 112
^I prefer the look of the BB Peals over those Malverns.
post #96 of 112
These were dirt cheap at USD67 and I wish I had bought them to resell but who knows about
Fratelli Rossetti spectator two-tone shoes?

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These were dirt cheap at USD67 and I wish I had bought them to resell but who knows about
Fratelli Rossetti spectator two-tone shoes?


Those are actually pretty nice shoes, and happen to be the very pair I sold on eBay a couple of years ago when they brought just a tick under $180. The buyer evidentally decided he didn't want them anymore. Fratelli Rossetti issued two different spectators three years ago last spring. The other design is what you see in my avatar and that is the pair I decided to keep.
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^I prefer the look of the BB Peals over those Malverns.

Me too.
post #99 of 112
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I live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
What do you think of wearing spectators in the Fall, Winter, or Spring?
I know the "rule" says "no white shoes after Labor Day", but spectators are as much brown (or black) as they are white. Also, most people don't know the "rule" anyway.
I get lots of compliments when I wear my AE spectators.

A few of the pairs below your post - with a portion that is beige or grayish rather than white - ought to be fine for spring or fall there.
post #100 of 112
One of the nicest of the newer AE designs and they never pop up in the Chili Weave in my size on evilBay. Then the other day I opened up an eBay search and got them for USD129 BIN when new is USD329.

They have elements of some of the 1930s shoes with the banded strapping on the vamp.


post #101 of 112
This is a fun pair of shoes, inspired by the past and the Museum of Northampton.

I got it as a "Special" from Alfred Sargent as part of another order of shoes (to come)

Anyway, I honestly don't konw whether I can wear them, but they do fit well. Let's have at it.













What do you think (I may regret asking)?

Clint
post #102 of 112

Damn shame that three months have gone down and nobody commented on those. Here's a belated WOW. You'll be putting your feet up on your desk a lot I imagine.

post #103 of 112
I think they are gorgeous. I love the style and the subtle brown with the white ( cream?) The last is lovely too and the soles are great fun!

I don't know if I could wear them, but I'd love to own a pair like that
post #104 of 112
Thank you both. I think that a lot of the WOW factor has to do with the quality of the photos.

I'm so bad at taking them and that really insults the workmanship that has gone into the shoes.

I'm going to have my photos taken by someone else in future.

Thanks again

Clint
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