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Preferred casual leather shoe style to wear with jeans?

post #1 of 14
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Over the last few years I have slowly started wearing more denim pants. I've been trying to hone in on what I think is a good look in terms of footwear. Sneakers work for me, but I am trying to find something a little more adult. I recently picked up these

 

 

 

 

but I am finding them to be a tad too dressy for what I'm after.

 

I'm expecting a lot of responses of the form "walnut wingtip bluchers", but these are a bit too loud for me, partially because of the broguing, partially because I find that lighter shades stick out more. Can I have some other suggestions/advice here? Maybe I'm just looking for a plain toe blucher? Something like these allen edmonds perhaps http://www.allenedmonds.com/shoes/mens-shoes/casual-shoes/badlands-comfort-shoes/SF1005.html?dwvar_SF1005_color=1005? (Although these will be practically impossible for me to find in Canada). What about pebble-grained bluchers?

 

Any pictures of what you guys wear with jeans would be super helpful.

post #2 of 14

The lighter the colour, the greater the texture and the more "cuts" the more informal the shoe is as a rule of thumb.

 

Personally I like mid brown suede shoes with indigo blue jeans and seasonally will vary between chukka boots, loafers or a toecap monk strap shoe.

post #3 of 14

I wear snuff/tobacco/polo suede and tan calf with jeans. Though either a blucher or a bootee would be more coherent with the casual nature of denim, my favorite combo is still a tan wholecut with well worn raw denim.

post #4 of 14

Seconding the suede, it tones down the formality of any shoe. Suede monk shoes, suede brogues, suede chukkas, jodhpurs, or chelseas... plenty of options in a dark/mid brown out there.

 

Lighter colors work also; white or dirty nubuck are summer prep classics in America, and tan or chestnut shoes work too. But if you want to stick to the browns, look to suede.

 

Then there are your loafer options. C&J make a mean Sydney, but you might want to consider a more relaxed design like the Boston in pebble-grain...

post #5 of 14
Agree on suede. My first choices would be a penny loafer for summer and a chukka the rest of the year. A nice derby would be very versatile too
post #6 of 14

I'm looking for something similar and have my sights set on a pair of suede plain to oxfords pictured below. Other good options would be plain toe bluchers, chukka boots, jodphurs, chelseas, double monks and loafers.

 

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post #7 of 14
A suede PTB might be up your alley as something not too flashy, but not completely boring. I feel like monks are more of a once/twice a week shoe, while a PTB can be your workhorse.



From Alden.
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks. Lots of suede recommendations here,,, not something I previously considered. Isn't suede a bit more finicky than plain leather? Non-flashy workhorse is definitely what I'm after though.

post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by brightoner View Post

Thanks. Lots of suede recommendations here,,, not something I previously considered. Isn't suede a bit more finicky than plain leather? Non-flashy workhorse is definitely what I'm after though.

I've worn dark brown suede chukkas for years and if you invest in quality, the soles will wear out before the uppers. I've found lighter colored suede will stain more easily (obviously) but that's about it.
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by brightoner View Post
 

Isn't suede a bit more finicky than plain leather?

 

Marginally but to be honest its more just different to leather than more finicky. I've always used suede protector spray and maintenance is a little more frequent but a lot less effort each time.

 

Same as leather, invest in a couple of decent brushes to clean and lift the nap plus the protector spray and with the care you give good calf leather shoes they will last years.

 

If you are too nervous about suede you can always look at other things like grained leather that reduces the formality by introducing texture or to go to a further extreme there are some more refined shoes/boots from roughout suede that will look even more casual but still a step up from trainers/sneakers

post #11 of 14
I bought a pair of cheap Florsheim suede years ago as my first shoe purchase. I just wore them last night in the light rain knowing it's no big deal and not babying them any more. The uppers look great still, the rubber sole is worn and the insides are in shambles but this is from use of 100$ shoes over probably 6-8 seasons.

Also Ive wanted brown calf oxfords for jeans usage for a bit. I think it can look good sometimes.

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This picture will probably send a lot of people into conniptions but I think stepping back you can sort of see why the shoes and pants work. In this photo the guy is combining a blazer, jeans, and white poplin shirt. All three of these items are "not supposed" to be combined with one another. Maybe his shoes also fit in the "not meant to be combined" arena but you could pull looks off where you are wearing jeans with a dressier upper half. However it also might take a bit of the sort of not caring which can only come across in a photo shoot when you have 5 buttons undone so if you were to go this route but then do it very buttoned up (no pun intended) it would just look like you lost your dress pants, as opposed to roguishly deciding to not use them.
post #12 of 14
Wear boots and tone down the dressy elements. Don't look like some dad who lost his slacks and had to borrow jeans.
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by Fuuma View Post

Wear boots and tone down the dressy elements. Don't look like some dad who lost his slacks and had to borrow jeans.

 

I like this idea too, but not for the summer.

post #14 of 14

Chukkas are great all year. Suede is a great option as mentioned a few times for these and for shoes...

 

A suede plain toe blucher (or for the summer a pair of bucks with dainite soles) seems pretty standard.

 

Dark brown leather works fine with jeans, but does look a bit more dressy. If you get a long wing that's dark though the broguing will make it more causal and it won't be too flashy because of the color. Something like the below...That helped me transition to wearing brogues myself, and now I'm completely comfortable in a mid brown or tan/walnut shoe so the options have become wide open.

 

 


Edited by SimplyStylin - 6/29/16 at 5:25am
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