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Your favorite/most desired casual shoes?

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Here are some that I covet, none that I currently own: Barrett norvegese monk http://www.barrett.it/_pages/CAT/NG/sys/121024.jpg Campanile monk http://www11.plala.or.jp/kiki-mo...._01.jpg Lobb Varese buckled boot, in a country grain with heavy ridgeway sole. I would love to own this shoe just as shown here: http://webclub.kcom.ne.jp/ma/hohtsuk...s/DSCF0024.JPG It's interesting to note how dramatically different this shoe looks in black calf with a leather sole: http://www.jerrys-shoes.de/john_lobb/P8300133.jpg Lobb Chesland chelsea boot http://webclub.kcom.ne.jp/ma/hohtsuk...s/DSCF0029.JPG Mantellassi norvegese monk http://www.sutormantellassi.com/diapositive/10b.jpg Berluti wholecut http://crystal.cside21.com/shoe_photo/b_arn_01.JPG Another Berluti wholecut, with intense antiquing at the toe & a rubber sole http://crystal.cside21.com/shoe_photo/b04_01.jpg Roberto Ugolini monk 1 http://www.roberto-ugolini.com/modelli/pic7.jpg  & monk 2 http://www.roberto-ugolini.com/modelli/pic8.html Also E. Green Banbury, Halifax & Olney boots, none of which I can locate a decent picture of at the moment, aside from the catalogue shots. I also like the Vass boot "flaunted" by Mr. Harris http://aharris.calinet.com/Vassulastchukka.jpg, as well as his featured Santoni wholecut http://aharris.calinet.com/Santoniwholecut4.jpg The Vass Alpine side-tying shoe in black pebble grain, which link I cannot seem to locate right now, is very cool looking. Add a J. M. Weston demi-chasse with a double sole in cognac for good measure.
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for me, casual = loafers.
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Alden of Carmel's square toe Norweigan front Blucher in shell cordovan.
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for me, casual = loafers.
for me, the casual litmus test is 'can I wear this shoe with jeans without looking like a douchebag?'
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Alden of Carmel's square toe Norweigan front Blucher in shell cordovan.
Lots of people cite this shoe as a favorite. Have you ever seen it in person? (I have not) Somehow I don't think pictures do much justice in capturing the essence of cordovan.
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Alden of Carmel's square toe Norweigan front Blucher in shell cordovan.
Ditto. For me: "most desired". For Kai: "favorite".
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Originally Posted by zjpj83,18 Dec. 2004, 11:45
for me, casual = loafers.
for me, the casual litmus test is 'can I wear this shoe with jeans without looking like a douchebag?'
I don't think I'm a douchebag... here's a sampling - you decide
post #8 of 13
My favorite casual shoe style: Double-sole, triple-stitch, scotch grain Budapesters from Jan Kielman. Budapesters from Vass a close second. No loafers for me, thank you.
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I love that Fan Split Toe, but have always thought it would look better as a 5 eyelet. And if you add the vibram toplifts and covering, wouldn't it look good with black grommets on the outsides of the eyestay?.
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zjpj83, I'm with ya on all but the tassels. I'm not opposed to them per se, but I think with jeans (for me) they don't work. What shoes are we looking at in those pics?
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(Kai @ 18 Dec. 2004, 11:59) Alden of Carmel's square toe Norweigan front Blucher in shell cordovan.
Lots of people cite this shoe as a favorite. Have you ever seen it in person? (I have not) Somehow I don't think pictures do much justice in capturing the essence of cordovan.
I've seen it in person, because I purchased a pair. They are beautiful shoes. I own the same shoes in black shell cordovan, and pebble grain dark brown buffalo hide. They don't look good with jeans, but with other casual clothing one step up from jeans, they look terrific. Kai
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I wear the AE dellwood or cornell. I have each in black and chili - 4 shoes total. The dellwood is sort of like the Alden shoe above, the cornell is a similar toe (with a rounder stitch pattern on the toe) with the monkstrap instead of laces, and both have a commando style half sole like the Aldens. I generally take the either a black dellwood or cornell (usually the cornell) with me as my base shoe when I fly out of town on vacation. It can work with dark jeans to dark dress pants. The Alden fan shoes in shell cordovan look nicer, but I was able to get the AE's at reasonable prices.
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I do not own jeans; however, the Alden Fan shoe in the style of Norwegian front six eyelet square toe in either dark burgundy or black shell cordovan is a shoe style based on my own personal experience that can be utilized for both dress attire and casual attire.
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