I am looking to purchase two pair of quality shoes to use in my day to day rotation. I typically wear dress slacks (navy, charcoal, mid gray) with a tucked dress shirt (open collar, rolled sleeves, white/blue/pink), sweater over that in cooler weather. My day to day is very casual so there are no requirements there. Sometimes I wear dark denim and t-shirt or polo. I want two shoes that can work with any of those and rotate day to day. My third pair will probably be a black PA or Carlyle and my fourth will be a casual loafer. I already have a cheap brown loafer I can wear with jeans. Focused on the first two for now.
AE has a clearance sale going on the next few days that I would like to take advantage of.
I am looking at getting a pair of 5th Ave in Merlot with a matching belt. I figure this shoe would fit my style and also work with a navy suit/tie when needed. These are under $200 with the current sale. Is this shoe/color a good balance for my more casual style?
I need help with the second pair. Should I get a more casual derby that can still dress up? The Rogue oxford in Dark Chili is also on clearance sale. Would this shoe/color be a good second pair for my style? I kind of wanted to get a brown or walnut to have more differentiation between the two shoes and I worry the Merlot/Chili will be too similar. Should my second pair be a brown strand? I prefer a more sleek shoe, the strand is probably the most broguing I would do.
I am looking to make the purchase of the Merlot 5th ave this weekend before the sale ends. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!