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post #16 of 28
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The Vass's are all F lasts I presume? Great shoes! Have never been so excited for a black captoe before. hehe

Cheers guys. The double monks are K, the others F.
post #17 of 28
Are Dovers appropriate for CBD wear? Always strikes me as a more casual shoe to be honest.

I would go:

1. Black oxford
2. Brown oxford
3. Brown brogue
4. Burgundy oxford/brogue
5. Brown suede
post #18 of 28
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Yes, I will be working in the Singapore CBD as a lawyer. Mostly in office I guess, so not too worried about rubber/Danite soles for the rain because the CBD is all connected underground.

If you are working as a lawyer, I would revise my original recommendation and increase the number of black shoes from 2 to 3:

1. Black cap toe oxford
2. Black plain toe oxford
3. Black quarter brogue or half brogue
4. Dark brown full brogue
5. Something more casual, e.g. suede derby or loafer
post #19 of 28
Thread Starter 

From my experiences thus far, dark coloured leather shoes will be fine. So that leaves me with options like black, dark brown, oxblood, burgundy and stuff.

 

Thanks for all the comments guys! Really appreciate it.

 

Thinking of:

 

1. Black cap toe

2. Black quarter brogue

3. Dark brown Austerity brogue

4. Plum museum calf quarter brogue

5. Black plain toe / dark brown brogue or wingtip

post #20 of 28
You are best placed to assess the expectations of your particular work environment and that obviously will influence your choices.

I have practised law for over twenty years downtown Toronto and haven't found the need to wear black shoes three days a week. It is a uniform requirement for certain levels of court (where counsel are required to be fully robed), but medium to dark brown and the burgundy shades are just as acceptible as black in lower levels of court and in day-to-day practice. Lighter shades of brown / tan are a common choice in the spring and summer months.
post #21 of 28
I would get a second pair of black captoe oxfords if you are wearing suits regularly.
post #22 of 28

Roger that is a wondeful collection! I work in downtown in Toronto as well, where did you manage to find Vass shoes? (online?)

post #23 of 28
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Roger that is a wondeful collection! I work in downtown in Toronto as well, where did you manage to find Vass shoes? (online?)


 



Thank you - and yes, my Vass shoes were purchased on-line. I have been lobbying LeatherFoot to become the first Canadian retailer of Vass shoes - it would be a happy day if they ever agree.
post #24 of 28
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Roger that is a wondeful collection! I work in downtown in Toronto as well, where did you manage to find Vass shoes? (online?)

 



Thank you - and yes, my Vass shoes were purchased on-line. I have been lobbying LeatherFoot to become the first Canadian retailer of Vass shoes - it would be a happy day if they ever agree.

i'm done with trying to buy stuff there.  Saw they had that G&G double monks on sale and went over.

 

Mail order only.

 

Would've been nice to know that before I made my way there.  

 

A year ago that store was pristine in presentation.  Now they have so much St. Crispin shoes that outnumber every other brand there's not enough room to put their other stuff.  Don't even get me started on their Carmina stock & "makeups". 

post #25 of 28
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i'm done with trying to buy stuff there.  Saw they had that G&G double monks on sale and went over.

 

Mail order only.

 

Would've been nice to know that before I made my way there.  

 

A year ago that store was pristine in presentation.  Now they have so much St. Crispin shoes that outnumber every other brand there's not enough room to put their other stuff.  Don't even get me started on their Carmina stock & "makeups". 

 

Meh - I dunno - if getting to the store was any kind of a hassle for me and I was going to make one specific purchase and for no other reason, I'd probably call or e-mail  first.  If for no other reason than to ask them to put it aside until I got there.  I've never been denied a purchase on the basis that they would only sell a given pair by mail, but if that was in fact the case then I agree the restriction should have been made clear.

 

And personally, I love the fact that they have so many St. C on display.  I doubt another retailer has 50-plus pairs in-store at any given time.  The displays aren't any less pristine now - there's just a greater portion of St. C. versus other brands.  But I'm hardly surprised that a premium Yorkville retailer stocks a higher percentage of top-end items.  Walk down the road a bit to Royal de Versailles and count the number of Tudor watches on display.  Then count the number of Rolex.

 

Space is an issue - it's a small store and there's only so much of it - but I think they do a pretty good job.  And I know they are looking to expand the shoe displays on the south wall.

 

Given that they are all of one year into essentially uncharted territory for Toronto, I think they are doing a terrific job.  Heck, the trunk shows alone have been a tremendous and completely free learning opportunities for their customers - not to mention a lot of fun.  I sure would hate to go back to the bad old days when premium local shoe shopping meant Prada and Ferragamo at Harry Rosen or Holt Renfrew.

 

I'm not sure what your beef is with their Carmina stock.  It's certainly been enough to sell me 3 or 4 pairs.

post #26 of 28

It's not just carmina :)  Lobbs and G&G I found was lacking in variety.  

 

To draw on your parallel, that's like seeing 10 JLCs to every 1 Rolex.  

 

The trunk shows, as you said are awesome.  Loved the fact that they are hosting those.  

post #27 of 28

I've had so-so experiences. Agreed on the Carmina stock being a little meh (only really carry some basics), but if they're selling the St Crispins in high enough volume you may as well put the higher margin stuff on display. Wasn't too pleased with the service last time though. Went in for a quick look and to ask about which summer collections were coming in and wasn't exaclty treated that nicely. I was on my way back from the gym so I had my jeans and sneakers on, but I've never agreed with having to "dress up" for a store, they should be happy to have a prospective client (especially since I was actually showing interest in a future purchase).

post #28 of 28

That being said I'd take them over Harry Rosen any day. $800 for some gaudy Ferramganos with a huge label on the side....eeeeesh I remember those days. Kudos to bringing some quality to the city. Haven't been to a trunk show, are they that good?

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