I just now ordered a pair of shoes from Project Bailout. Some understated cap-toes called "Thomas" (a Blake welted, 5-eye, oxford, in calf leather). I learned about these shoes here, thank you.
I have a small gap in my shoe collection that I am actively filling since an important new client is old-school business dress and no one is wearing brown. Brown is about all I have going on at the moment in shoes unless you count some olive. So I am on a mission to buy a quantity of quality black shoes.
I will be posting a picture of my XXX shoes upon receipt and as much of a review as I am qualified to give (low expectations will be the key to enjoying my analysis).
I MAY be comparing these Rider XXX Thomas to Carmina's if I can source some black calf cap-toes from them (order placed a week ago, unknown status at the moment).
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I have several personal "issues" including never wearing the same shoe 2 days in a row (taught to me in the 80's by a nice old man in the office next door at my first 'dress' job). Because of this I am going for about 4 pair of black shoes and I don't mind if some of the basics closely resemble each other. I am not 'nearly mendicant' like I was when I was building my first wardrobe but every USD I spend on clothing another X hours I have to work before I retire. And I can see retirement from here.
This is my first post here - thank you all for the ideas and inspiration. I was born on the US West Coast and grew up in the West and Midwest. I live in the Southern US today but travel for a living. I have been reading and learning from Styleforum for years. My username is based on the fact that I have some difficulty with OTR suiting (I may post more about these adventures at some point). That difficulty, more than any good taste or sense of personal style, has led me to educate myself to some degree about sartorial fashions and actual tailors (not merely those well-intentioned pretenders who offer alteration services).
Some of you are obviously gentlemen, some of you are obviously not. My personal manners have atrophied to the point where I am comfortable in both sets of company. All of you seem to have something to teach about dress, classic or trendy and I will try be an attentive student.