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Originally Posted by TexasTexter View Post

HM has some dents.  Does anyone else have this issue or is this UPS playing football with the boxes?








I have a small dent as well. i don't think it's UPS. Honestly boots aren't always perfect, if it's not a structural problem I make them my boots, start of the boot's character
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I was going to purchase the Neumok 2.0 if on sale during the RDA Sale, but I don't think I need to now that I ordered the merlot McAllisters. I know the McAllister is a dress shoe and the Neumok a casual shoe, but how dressed down would you guys wear a pair of merlot McAllisters? Just curious...

A single sole, flat welt oxford in a dark color -wing tip or not - is relatively dressy. As for me, even in a small rotation, nothing more casual than sport coat and tie with that shoe.

But, I'm a bit out of step with some here.😎
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Did someone here order the last Freiburg in size 10B? If so, congratulations. I have been meaning to pull the trigger on them, and they slipped away from me. If you change your mind, please feel free to return them smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Newberry View Post

I know the McAllister is a dress shoe and the Neumok a casual shoe, but how dressed down would you guys wear a pair of merlot McAllisters? Just curious...

I think I saw a twenty-something guy on Instagram or someplace in shorts and Strands with no socks. I found it off-putting, but he was owning it.

It's the United States in the year 2016 AD. As sad as it is, literally anything goes. Wear whatever you want with confidence and it will look natural on you. Besides, how bad could your judgment be as a SF member?

Personally, I would probably draw the line at sweatpants.
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Originally Posted by St Hubbins View Post

I think I saw a twenty-something guy on Instagram or someplace in shorts and Strands with no socks. I found it off-putting, but he was owning it.

It's the United States in the year 2016 AD. As sad as it is, literally anything goes. Wear whatever you want with confidence and it will look natural on you. Besides, how bad could your judgment be as a SF member?

Personally, I would probably draw the line at sweatpants.

That look is relatively common in the hipstery crowd. I see a couple guys at the local 5th wave coffee shop that rock black oxfords with shorts. Wouldn't do myself but if you can pull it off why not.
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Sorry Baldrick, Strands with shirts just don't compute with me. It would be the same as wearing tuxedo tails on top of a bathing suit. The two pieces don't go together period. Having confidence in being wrong doesn't make you right. I have heard many musicians confidently play the wrong rhythm in the melody of Coltrane's "Moments Notice." My impression of them is not that they have their own unique style but that they don't know what they're doing.

I came to SF because I didn't know anything about classic style, and folks told me that this was the place to learn. And through learning and reading we begin to understand why dress oxfords in smooth calf look most appropriate with tailored clothing. Sure everything in our culture is more casual now and lines are more blurred, but some things will never change, like wearing brown shoes with a black suit.

My favorite thread from ye olde forum days is "coherent combinations." Definitely recommended reading!
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Originally Posted by styleaudit91 View Post

That look is relatively common in the hipstery crowd. I see a couple guys at the local 5th wave coffee shop that rock black oxfords with shorts. Wouldn't do myself but if you can pull it off why not.

I would suggest to you that rather than pulling it off, they look intentionally ironic. That's a lifestyle choice for sure, but this thread exists within the "classic menswear" universe (forum?) abd ironically mocking classic style traditions isn't really the point of this forum.
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Ok, then. In the context of "Classic Menswear" I would say balmorals in general I prefer to wear with dessy pants that have a crease in them. However, I will wear them with chinos though it's probably because I don't have a blucher style in enough colors.

But part of my point there was that simply because we're here means we will probably not make such tasteless choices as shorts and dress lace-ups.

Does that align better with the sensibilities of this forum?
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A few years ago when I was just beginning this very expensive shoe journey, my wife and I were in Chicago and the hotel was across the street from an AE store. I picked up a pair of unlined daltons in walnut shell cordovan. About 6 months later I sold them as the fit wasn't quite right and I figured I'd be able to grab another pair without much effort. Boy did I miscalculate. Had no idea that AE would stop making both Unlined and Walnut shell. So I was quite excited to see a BNIB pair recently on the Bay. Was able to snag them for less than the cost of calf, and couldn't be more pleased.......





My long search has finally ended.
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I'm gonna go check out the Oak Street (and everything else new) this weekend.  According to some, the navy blue Oak Street looks very different from the website picture.  I'm thinking I'll probably wait until a trunk show to buy a pair of navy blue shoes.  If I like the Oak Street a lot, a single leather sole would be the way to go, but that's gonna make it a lot more expensive.   I'm not a big fan of Dainite and am still trying to find the perfect rubber sole.  The VIP is probably the best option I've tried, but the heels melt away pretty fast. I'm gonna go get fitted for the Maritime too to see if it will work for my feet.   The Academy interests me somewhat, but I''m gonna wait on those.   

My Natty Oak Streets, which I've had for a few months, are quickly becoming my favorites.  I'm a huge fan of CXL, and the Dainite makes them flexible.  My other favorites are my Rush Streets.

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Originally Posted by St Hubbins View Post

I think I saw a twenty-something guy on Instagram or someplace in shorts and Strands with no socks. I found it off-putting, but he was owning it.

It's the United States in the year 2016 AD. As sad as it is, literally anything goes. Wear whatever you want with confidence and it will look natural on you. Besides, how bad could your judgment be as a SF member?

Personally, I would probably draw the line at sweatpants.
Pretty sure I saw that in a Banana Republic add at the beginning of summer.
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Originally Posted by St Hubbins View Post

Ok, then. In the context of "Classic Menswear" I would say balmorals in general I prefer to wear with dessy pants that have a crease in them. However, I will wear them with chinos though it's probably because I don't have a blucher style in enough colors.

But part of my point there was that simply because we're here means we will probably not make such tasteless choices as shorts and dress lace-ups.

Does that align better with the sensibilities of this forum?

Yes, mostly I was just reacting to the notion that confidence can make an incongruous choice work. Formality is definitely a continuum. I could see wearing strands or macallisters with linen pants or chinos, given that the outfit is completed with a button down shirt and sport coat of some kind. Or a dark brown Lexington (cap toe Blucher, flat welt, single sole) with a light grey POW or patterned suit. Even a McNeil or Leeds wouldn't look crazy with a brown herringbone tweed country suit.

I probably wouldn't wear black park aves with khakis, but I think that goes without saying.
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PSA for anybody that is an 8.5EEE. There is a pair of tan grain First Avenue boots with Dainite on AE clearance (first quality) for $207.
http://www.allenedmonds.com/clearance/mens-clearance/shoes/first-avenue-dress-boots/SF1198.html?dwvar_SF1198_color=1198

Chris
post #11534 of 17560
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

A few years ago when I was just beginning this very expensive shoe journey, my wife and I were in Chicago and the hotel was across the street from an AE store. I picked up a pair of unlined daltons in walnut shell cordovan. About 6 months later I sold them as the fit wasn't quite right and I figured I'd be able to grab another pair without much effort. Boy did I miscalculate. Had no idea that AE would stop making both Unlined and Walnut shell. So I was quite excited to see a BNIB pair recently on the Bay. Was able to snag them for less than the cost of calf, and couldn't be more pleased.......





My long search has finally ended.

Wow, congrats on your unobtanium!! Those look tremendous!
post #11535 of 17560
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Originally Posted by peppercorn78 View Post


Yes, mostly I was just reacting to the notion that confidence can make an incongruous choice work. Formality is definitely a continuum. I could see wearing strands or macallisters with linen pants or chinos, given that the outfit is completed with a button down shirt and sport coat of some kind. Or a dark brown Lexington (cap toe Blucher, flat welt, single sole) with a light grey POW or patterned suit. Even a McNeil or Leeds wouldn't look crazy with a brown herringbone tweed country suit.

I probably wouldn't wear black park aves with khakis, but I think that goes without saying.

 

I'm pretty in line with your take on dark colored balmorals, single sole, flat welt being dressy shoes that go with tailored clothing. I can see as you said some strands and suedes working with chinos and jeans. I think anything in shorts is ridiculous outside of some loafers/boat shoes and maybe strandmok 2.0? I would not wear a Merlot McAlister with jeans, to me it is as you stated a tuxedo with bathing suit bottoms. 

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