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post #31 of 55
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Originally Posted by Dewey View Post
Black has its purposes. But aesthetically, it is just not as good, in the opinion, I have observed, of most shoe lovers. And in my own opinion. Perhaps my observation is wrong. Perhaps the great dandies of the day adore black shoes, wear them every chance, and perhaps I have been drinking too much beer. It is on you to go forth and explore this question. I can not persuade you further, it is clear.

I agree with your preference for brown, in general. But I do think some folks get so indoctrinated that they fail to consider black even when it's the best option. A sleek black monk with a silver buckle can be pretty sharp in its own right.
post #32 of 55
I went through my black hate phase and am now over it. I still generally prefer brown, and generally think brown looks better when nearly any ensemble than black. But black has its uses. I no longer feel that wearing black shoes is strictly an unpleasant necessity. And some black shoes are really beautiful.

That said, never, ever with khakis. :shudder:
post #33 of 55
I like it, Nice outfit, nice shoes. Looks like you pull it off fine.
post #34 of 55
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I feel like I am arguing in favor of microbrews with a big fan of Budweiser. And the fan of Budweiser is arguing that Budweiser tastes just as good as all microbrews, for some people, and that I am some kind of elitist jagoff for suggesting that Budweiser is not the equal of my fancy expensive beers.
.[/QUOTE]

I hate Budweiser
post #35 of 55
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies. I just asked as I would think Alden cordovan #8 or cigar colored shoes would go better with plain front khaki pants which would be my work "uniform". I rarely dress up and have black shoes that I would want to pair up with khakis so they get worn as well. It doesn't look bad at all.
post #36 of 55
Cigar would be better than #8, IMO. Whiskey better still.
post #37 of 55
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Originally Posted by Kuro View Post
Loafers or driving mocassins maybe, but otherwise you are going to look like you work in the IT department.

Haha totally.. I work in IT and this is something I laugh at a lot..
post #38 of 55
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Originally Posted by gary3594 View Post
Would it be too weird to wear black leather shoes with khakis and a button down shirt or is the usual brown or burgundy shoes? Would the belt be black as well?
Will says: "never wear black shoes with white flannels" in this article in A Suitable Wardrobe: http://asuitablewardrobe.dynend.com/...ede-shoes.html (scroll to the bottom). So, assuming one is going to comply, then how dark do the slacks have to be for this edict to no longer apply? Is khaki dark enough?
post #39 of 55
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Originally Posted by Orsini View Post
So, assuming one is going to comply, then how dark do the slacks have to be for this edict to no longer apply? Is khaki dark enough?

No.
post #40 of 55
Some shoes that I wear with chinos:

1. Lobb boat shoes. Black Barenia.

2. Tramezza penny loafers. Black calf.

3. Made in Maine Weejuns, with original soles and heels. Black.

4. Alden Leisure handsewn. Black cordovan.

5. EG for RLPL tasseled loafers. Black calf.

I am sure that these are five of many reasons why I will never score a signed copy of, "The Suit."

- B
post #41 of 55
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Originally Posted by Dewey View Post
But I say it is a fact that brown leathers have much more depth and variety and character than black leathers, and that these things are aesthetically pleasing, especially in the daylight, and especially when paired with light-colored clothing. To choose black when the circumstances are very good for brown is, in my opinion, to choose Budweiser when there are much tastier options available.

One reason my father dislikes me is because I express opinions as if they are fact. For example, it is a fact that the Second Amendment should be abolished.

But since I wholeheartedly agree with Dewey, it IS a fact that brown shoes are superior to black.
post #42 of 55
Black shoes with khakis=sure mark of a philistine... You look like you work at Kinkos with that shit
post #43 of 55
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post
No.
Thank you, Manton. I appreciate that. So, then our hero asks: "Garsh, Mickey! How dark does it have to get, anyway?" We have eliminated white and all the variations (stone, cement, etc.) and Khaki. I am going to go out on a limb and extrapolate that Taupe and British Tan are not dark enough, either. This, of the "typical" (JAB) colors for chinos, leaves us with (dark) Brown, Olive, Navy, Grey, and Black... It is good to know these things. I feel better now...
post #44 of 55
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Originally Posted by phipbow View Post
Black shoes with khakis=sure mark of a philistine... You look like you work at Kinkos with that shit
Are they hiring?
post #45 of 55
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Originally Posted by Dewey View Post
I'm sorry but this comes off as very sensitive. I am not here to cause offense or to put down anyone.

And I'm not equating better dressed with affluence or superior virtue. But I do think that it's true that most of the people who really devote themselves to shoes find that brown shoes are more aesthetically rewarding.

I feel like I am arguing in favor of microbrews with a big fan of Budweiser. And the fan of Budweiser is arguing that Budweiser tastes just as good as all microbrews, for some people, and that I am some kind of elitist jagoff for suggesting that Budweiser is not the equal of my fancy expensive beers. Or that I am suggesting that a man with a Budweiser in his hand can never be regarded as a well-beered man.

Black has its purposes. But aesthetically, it is just not as good, in the opinion, I have observed, of most shoe lovers. And in my own opinion. Perhaps my observation is wrong. Perhaps the great dandies of the day adore black shoes, wear them every chance, and perhaps I have been drinking too much beer. It is on you to go forth and explore this question. I can not persuade you further, it is clear.

But I say it is a fact that brown leathers have much more depth and variety and character than black leathers, and that these things are aesthetically pleasing, especially in the daylight, and especially when paired with light-colored clothing. To choose black when the circumstances are very good for brown is, in my opinion, to choose Budweiser when there are much tastier options available.

Very well stated.


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Originally Posted by vitaminc View Post
IMO the black belt is a bit too heavy with that look; notice how the black belt strikes out in the whole outfit? He could probably gain a few inches with a skinner black belt. But the whole outfit is looking nice regardless.

Interesting observation. I couldn't put my finger on why the overall look of that ensemble wasn't as pleasing to me as I'd like, but that's it. [Apologies to the individual in the photo as we are using it for this critique]... Perhaps another point for brown... the contrast is a bit strong between the stark black belt and the far too light (for my tastes) khakis. That reminds me...

When I used to paint, a lesson I learned early on was not to use any shade of "pure white" as it drew far too much attention to that part of the canvass, overbearing adjacent colors, unless of course that was the goal. I suspect similar rules might apply to use of color in wardrobe. Interesting.
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