Ok, so every day I log on here to take a look at what all the rest of you filthy barnweasels are sharing. And, every day I have to look at the first post from @watchidiot which contains my favorite MTO in the world. That blue cordovan MacNeil. For my tastes, and my wardrobe, it's essentially the perfect MTO. Every detail is right. The exposed brass eyelets. The flat laces. The fit looks perfect. But, to me, I think the thing I like most is the use of the natural welt. I love the contrast of it on a navy shoe.
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Pretty much every day, I have to see this beauty. And every day, I die a bit inside knowing that I cannot have it, even when the next trunk sale/MTO rolls around. I've been tempted to make it the wallpaper image for my iPhone, but I think I might weep openly every time I take a call. I want to print it out on beautiful archival paper and frame it and hang it above my bed, but my wife already thinks I'm weird enough as it is. Plus, it would probably clash with my George Costanza "Timeless Art of Seduction" velvet painting I'm trying to commission to hang there right now. I've thought about having my feet tattooed to look just like this, but that's going too far, right?
So, in order to take my mind off the unobtanium, I try to look at other people's shoes and bring myself down from my unnatural, scortatory coveting. (Yeah, I know, it's a rare word, but totally applicable here.) One thing I've noticed recently is that more and more guys are wearing black leather shoes with a natural welt. Now, as stated above, I love the look of a natural welt with navy. Heck, I love it with pretty much every color under the sun, but I think it looks odd with black. From a wardrobe standpoint, black can be tough to pull off, and I feel like the natural welt makes it even harder to do so. Am I in the minority here? Are any of you sporting some natural on black? It's OK if you are. Just wondering.
All right, I've rambled enough. Back to your barnweaseling.
Saw it today on a guy who doesn't normally suit up, wearing a suit. I just figured he chose to not buy dress shoes to go with his suit. Perhaps I misjudged and he did so on purpose.
Either way, I found it odd. Charcoal suit, black shoes, lumberjack welt.