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Dress shoes with jeans.

post #1 of 166
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Dress shoes with jeans, eh? Surely a subject which has been discussed previously yet I haven´t really found what I was looking for in those threads.

I´m a fan of the look and would like to see what kind of dress shoes posters here wear with their jeans. I´m mostly looking for inspiration as I´m about to order my first pair.

I am initially thinking about tan or dark brown wingtip oxfords or derbys. Due to my location my selection is pretty much limited to english shoes (C&J, Trickers etc.). I already own two pairs of C&J´s so finding something from their lineup would be nice because picking the right size would be easier.

Even with all the pictures of shoes, I find it hard to see which shoes would go with jeans. This is where I need your help. Post closeups of your shoes worn or just make suggestions. How do you think, for example C&J Canterbury or Finsbury wingtips or Trickers Ascot derbys would go with jeans?

All kinds of input is appreciated. However, let´s not use this thread to argue whether wearing dress shoes with jeans is appropriate in the first place, shall we.
post #2 of 166
I wear my jeans mostly with dress shoes. Monks, slim lace ups, chelsea boots
post #3 of 166
Lot of guys wear dress shoes/boots with jeans in the WAYWT thread (Drizzt, Saucemaster, BraidKid, Berlin Report, RyeGB, JPGM and myself immediately come to mind)

you should scroll thru there and see if anything moves you
post #4 of 166
One of our members, distinctive, sells used shoes for really nice prices. I'm getting a couple of pairs of AE's at a great price to experiment. I'm getting a pair of Kennetts and a pair of Stockbridge in brown and black, respectively. I think I'll be able to make those work well with casual outfits.

Here's his ebay store http://stores.ebay.com/DistinctiveFootwear if there is something you like, message him here.

I'd really love to get a pair of the AE Taunton boots but don't want to pay the price for a brand new pair (yet)
post #5 of 166
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Originally Posted by Coffee View Post
I am initially thinking about tan or dark brown wingtip oxfords or derbys. Due to my location my selection is pretty much limited to english shoes (C&J, Trickers etc.). I already own two pairs of C&J´s so finding something from their lineup would be nice because picking the right size would be easier.
I do this. The look I like is dark denim (raw is great) with a straight or slightly tapered leg, paired with a monk, plain toe derby or chelsea. I also do non-black oxfords, and I think the right ones work great, especially the lighter colored ones like tan. Wingtips work better than cap toes, but lighter colored cap toes work very well. (I want to get light tan or caramel-colored wingtips with heavy broguing just for regular medium blue jeans one day.)

The key is to use sleeker dress shoes and a dressier looking shirt (and jacket if appropriate). A-E, for example, does not seem to create the right look, but C&J, EG (even the 202 last, their most classic and least sleek, which is still sleek), and especially Lobb Prestige shoes work great.
post #6 of 166
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Thanks!

From what I´ve gathered C&J lasts generally do work with jeans.
I´ll scroll through the What are you wearing today -thread or at least part of it and gather up ideas. I´m a bit surprised and disappointed that C&J doesn´t do
a derby modelled brogue (or is it wingtip blucher).
post #7 of 166
I have a pair of C&J tan plain cap toe oxfords that are great with both a navy suit and dark denim. Enjoy.

I would have to have a pair of wingtip oxfords with heavy broguing in a slightly lighter color for jeans.
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Black brogues, I find, go well with jeans.
post #9 of 166
Yes; to clarify, however, I think black cap toe semi-brogues are much too severe. Black plain toe (no cap) oxfords are probably right on the threshold, but I think a sleek enough pair can look as good as black wingtips.
post #10 of 166
yes, but i never wear black balmorals oxfords (cap-toes, wing-tips, etc) with denim. generally, i would never wear balmorals with denim, but i could see it with a brown wholecut or tan cap-toe. But I've never done that.

bluchers and monkstraps are pertty good, and boots are ideal - my go-to shoes with denim are a black chelsea, black zip-up, brown jodphur, and brown shell cordovan back strap boot. and a black algonquin toe monkstrap.
post #11 of 166
I'm not fond of wearing EGs or JLs with jeans, although I do it from time to time, as I feel the shoes look too dainty. I like AE and Vass with jeans more, and for more sleek looks, paul smith makes some nice "dress" shoes with interesting details.
post #12 of 166
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I'm not fond of wearing EGs or JLs with jeans, although I do it from time to time, as I feel the shoes look too dainty.
I've heard this before, and honestly, have never understood it. I'm not trying to argue, but am interested why it strikes you this way. I mean, if you can wear a nice pair of chelsea boots with jeans, then why not a pair of plain toe monk straps? Or do you mean jeans and a particular kind of shirt?
post #13 of 166
the answer, to put it simply, is yes.

almost any dress shoe is fine with jeans. even black bals. probably not quite as cool as an antiqued dark oak wingtip but I think they are all fine. even a wholecut is fine.

the original blue jeans wearers probably wore country bluchers or boots, or cowboy boots. same as james dean and brando
post #14 of 166
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Originally Posted by josepidal View Post
I've heard this before, and honestly, have never understood it. I'm not trying to argue, but am interested why it strikes you this way. I mean, if you can wear a nice pair of chelsea boots with jeans, then why not a pair of plain toe monk straps? Or do you mean jeans and a particular kind of shirt?
It's because of the thin leather sole, I think. They just look like they're meant to be worn with suits, and not with jeans. The last shape may have a lot to do with it as well. Italian shoes tend to be fine, though, IMO, just not english.
post #15 of 166
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Originally Posted by josepidal View Post
The key is to use sleeker dress shoes and a dressier looking shirt (and jacket if appropriate). A-E, for example, does not seem to create the right look, but C&J, EG (even the 202 last, their most classic and least sleek, which is still sleek), and especially Lobb Prestige shoes work great.

I'm with Josepidal on this one. Sleekness is key if you're going for a dressier look. C&J, RMW, and EG all make great, sleek shoes. Boots are also an excellent option- check out the WAYWT thread for ideas. You could go with a chunkier boot like AE for a more masculine, rugged look or Chelseas for a sleeker, dressier look.

Personally I like going for dark brown shoes. They seem much more versatile than tan and more stylish than boring black.
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