Originally Posted by StanleyVanBuren
OK, I need the forum's help again:
I'm thinking about a shoe purchase and I'm trying to figure out which of these options I should do. I've only budgeted for one pair for right now.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I already have a pair of black captoes, so this would be my second pair of black dress shoes, but they would also be much better quality than what I have already, and would probably get a lot of wear. I want a good pair of English dress shoes in black that I could wear with suits in London (whether I'm afforded that opportunity any time soon or not -- may as well dress for the job I want, right?). The shape looks pretty good, but does the fact that they're derbies make them unsuitable for this?
Either way I want these or something like them at some point. My other black shoes are blake welted so I need a pair that are goodyear welted for wearing in poorer weather.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I don't actually own any Aldens. I'm not looking to become anyone's nephew, but I do need a pair of decent boots that aren't work boots. I have the Thorogood 685 Horsehide boots but the older they get, the more they are looking too casual to wear to the office. And the one time of the year I know I will be wearing boots nonstop is when I go to Tahoe during the winter, so if I am going to have a pair of boots,
I may as well get them with a sole that provides traction, which these have. My Thorogoods slip like crazy. But maybe I should just have one pair of nice leather soled boots and one pair of Bean boots for the snow -- if so then I would obviously skip these Aldens.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I am probably leaning towards these the most; I don't have any Carminas yet either. These would replace my deadstock 1950's longwings that I've been wearing the hell out of the past two years. I'd wear these a lot, probably, as I could wear them with trousers or chinos to the office and I could wear them with denim on the weekends. I would even wear them with suits at times as well. Thing is, I don't strictly need
these. I have a pair already that fill this need in my wardrobe. And as much as opinions on my longwings seem to be varied, I really like them -- they are supremely comfortable and have a ton of life left in them still due to the double leather sole. There's also something cool about wearing made in USA shoes from the 1950s, even if they are clunky and kind of beat up now. The leather on the Carminas is certainly going to be much nicer, better construction, too, but it will be a bit before they have that lived-in look and feel.
Anyway, these are the three I am thinking about. I'm open to suggestions as well. Most of you guys know what 90% of my wardrobe looks like and what my "style" is. These are all between $500-600; a price point I've yet to jump to but it's probably past due. But I'm open to other ideas within that price range if you think I'm missing something.
Regarding the bolded part of Alfred Sargent post, I would say that if you want to be lawyer in London, you definitely don't want to wear derbies with suits. You definitely want to go with an ultra-conservative balmoral like a captoe. With that in mind, look to C&J Handgrade, EG, or Lobb. Also, I tend to think that black really only goes with navy, black, and gray. You tend to wear a lot of khakis, browns, or sometimes other brightly colored trousers/chinos that wouldn't go well with black IMHO.
As for the Alden boots, when I look at these boots I think of the types of fits that MoK would wear. I look at them and I think that you should grab your Barbour on the way out the door. They just seem a little to cold weather and stuffy for SoCal. As for the bolded parts, while I'm all for "wearing my clothes and shoes to obtain that lived in look", you don't want to wear those boots in foul weather where there's going to be salt on the side walks every where. As a wearer of very nice dress shoes in a foul weather climate, I keep my good shoes at the office and wear beaters to and from the office, specifically to avoid all the salt damage.I like you idea of just getting a pair of bean boots. Seriously, for $150 you get a lifetime guarantee on great winter boots.
The Carminas, would definitely fit in best among the three you've posted. They are the most versatile between SW&D (or you're interpretation of it anyways) and office wear.
What do you think about Alden snuff suede chukkas? I think those might fit in nicely with what you wear and the brown suede would be a nice unique touch that you don't see as much.