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Working on a little project and could use some input. Of all the shoes (specific styles) that we throw around here, what would be the top 3 you would most want to have in your closet, with no regard to price? Not just brands, but specific shoes, including color. What's on your wish list?
post #2 of 24
- Dark brown cap-toe - Dark brown medallion along the lines of C&J Weymouth - Chestnut cap-toe and since three is far too low of a limit: - Black cap-toe - Burgundy cap-toe - Dark brown monkstrap - Suede brogue
post #3 of 24
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Working on a little project and could use some input. Of all the shoes (specific styles) that we throw around here, what would be the top 3 you would most want to have in your closet, with no regard to price? Not just brands, but specific shoes, including color. What's on your wish list?
Just three? Not fair, not fair at all. Here are three of my favorites, all of which I already own: Split-toe blucher chasse with handsewn apron and toe seam (a la EG's Dover) in an antique tan or cognac. Cap-toe Adelaide (U-throat) bal with perforations along the edges of the toe cap, the U throat, and the heel counter in an antique tan or cognac. Plain-toe ankle boot with five or six eyelets and a floating medallion on the toe in an antique dark brown. Here are three that I don't own but would like to: Split-toe monk-strap chasse with handsewn apron and toe seam (a la EG's Ashley) in an antique tan or cognac. Moc-toe side-elastic shoe with leather strips covering the gore in an antique dark brown. A high-lace (7 or 8 eyelets) cap-toe balmoral boot in cognac suede. (And a green shell cordovan cap-toe bal... )
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I guess we're not doing specific brands, lasts, colors (antique schemes), etc... My top three: 1) A double monk in dark oak with a double sole. 2) A wholecut with medallion toe in antique cognac 3) A Jodphur boot or 2-eyelet chukka (brown shell cordovan on the chukkas or antique pine calfskin on the jodphur). Option #4: I'd go for something more practical.  The John Lobb Jermyn II from the 2001 Classics collection with a bevelled sole.  Unfortunately out of the four shoes I listed, I only own #1 & #3. EDIT: RIDER, for the last choice, I would really go for the signature JM Weston penny loafer in cordovan-colored shell cordovan or medium brown croc.
post #6 of 24
Which one? The link just takes you to one of the pages of Ben Silver's shoes.
post #7 of 24
I would have to say my black EG Berkeleys are probably my most admired shoes, I would imagine most people here will not admire a black shoe as much but I just like them.
post #8 of 24
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Weymouth, sorry.
post #9 of 24
At the moment: 1) a plain toe 2 or 3 eyelet "v-front" derby on a slim, elegant last but with a double or triple sole and beveled waist,  regular welted, in oxblood or dark brown (have this on order from Vass) http://aharris.calinet.com/Vassulastderbynmonk.jpg (in middle) http://www.santonishoesusa.com/images...._lg.jpg 2) a 3-eyelet chukka boot, also on a slim elegant last, double or triple sole, regular welted, dark brown (have these) http://aharris.calinet.com/Vassulastchukka.jpg 3) a 3 or 4 eyelet whole-cut  on a fairly slim last, double sole, Bentivegna stitching, a la Santoni or Berluti, in dark antiqued brown (still searching for these)    http://aharris.calinet.com/Santoniwholecut4.jpg http://crystal.cside21.com/shoe_photo/b_arn_01.JPG Others: Vass Budapest in cognac pebble grain - regular welted that Il Riccio saddle shoe except perhaps in a different color combo a side-fastening monk like the Edward Green Stowe http://aharris.calinet.com/Stowe.jpg EG Dover in dark oak antique on the 606 last A Norwegian with a short apron like these http://www.sutormantellassi.com/nuov...gini/02big.jpg though I like the Santoni Bentivegna version better. These shoes look best when they are chunky, though not as heavy as the JM Weston hunt shoe. a high-lacing plain-toe derby boot in dark brown or cognac suede on a slim, elegant last http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v5...t/DSC03976.jpg (the ones in the middle) and definitely a plain and elegant dark brown cap toe. That's what springs to mind right now.
post #10 of 24
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2) a 3-eyelet chukka boot, also on a slim elegant last, double or triple sole, regular welted, dark brown (have these) http://aharris.calinet.com/Vassulastchukka.jpg
Go ahead, A Harris, just twist the knife.
post #11 of 24
well, before I read this thread I would have said: russian calf half brogues split toe bluchers by alden in cordovan saddle oxfords by Alden Vass chuka boots in cordovan now, rider's italian saddle oxfords are up there on the list, I have to say.
post #12 of 24
A punch cap toe like this Berkeley in Edwardian Antique. A classic monk like this Peal although I'd prefer more antiquing. The Alden split toe in cordovan at Alden of Carmel.
post #13 of 24
I love my Prada Plain Toe Oxford with nice naked leather that really showed its quality. Second would be another Prada two lace eyelet square apron toe.
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The Berluti Club Olga 2 Either exactly like shown shown above or in the following colour: I haven seen beautiful Plain Oxfords from Santoni. But I can't find a picture of them on the internet. Very sleek, very stylish. In black of course. And I would like a pair of black ankle boots by Santoni.
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The Berluti Club Olga 2 Either exactly like shown shown above or in the following colour: I haven seen beautiful Plain Oxfords from Santoni. But I can't find a picture of them on the internet. Very sleek, very stylish. In black of course. And I would like a pair of black ankle boots by Santoni.
I would look at some of the "after" pictures on the Japanese shoe websites to see how that Venezia leather ages... It can get a bit wrinkly even if treed. For less money I would call in a special order to Edward Green, who can do you a shoe that fits exactly (as opposed to Berluti's one-width per shoe design), can be customized with last and detailing to resemble Berlutis closely, and only improves with age.
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