Any thoughts on the versatility of Loake Jack brown suede shoes?
I think they would work with charcoal flannel trousers and a sports jacket, on the more formal end of the spectrum.
Yes, I agree that a navy blazer would probably not be workable, although anything less formal could probably look quite balanced. Concerning the flannel charcoal trousers, I think the heavier, softer fabric texture could take precedence over the darker grey in this instance. And if also paired with a v-neck jumper or something like a tweed sports coat, it should be workable.
Further, I feel that suede is perhaps more forgiving than leather shoes in similar, lighter colouring. And therefore could add something a little different but still elegant, while maintaining relative formality if paired with the correct attire. Having said that, they are intended for more casual wear, with the option of being a little more smartly dressed on the odd day.
Surely, I should be able to get more than twice a year use out of them, as I intend to wear them as a second or third pair?
I should clarify, the last sentence was not meant as a disagreement but rather an invitation for more opinions.
Yes, they are ideal for pairing with a jumper, and I am sure you will wear them often if they are your second or third pair.
They are quite versatile and can be worn with most anything in between a navy blazer and a Rolling Stones t-shirt on the formality scale.
The thing is that when you are starting out you buy lots of versatile stuff, and then as you go on, and your mental illness and clothing compulsion gets worse, you buy more specialized items. So someone like me, who has around 12 pair of black shoes, would not often wear the pair of black shoes that I would advise a recent graduate to purchase.
It is like you buy a Swiss army knife, and use it all the time, then as the years go on, you get a better saw, and a better file, and better scissors, and better tweezers, and a better fish scaler, then you hardly use the Swiss army knife anymore.
Perfectly articulated analogy there, J011yroger.
Indeed, I am still at an early stage of building a quality wardrobe. And felt that, having recently added black cap-toe oxfords, dark brown derby-style full brogues and burgundy quarter-brogue oxfords, brown suede could be the next logical addition. That way, I can add them to my daily rotation consisting of the dark brown brogues and the burgundy oxfords, with the suede providing further character and contrast while still remaining practical.
I am eyeing a 3-piece suit, nice cut, good price, my size 52.
There has been a mixup. This last one they have seems to have a size 50 vest, 52 everything else.
52 usually fits me loose (pants definitely need a belt to stay put in place), but I prefer the look/shape of 52. 50 fits me albeit tightly.
My question: Is it true vests need to fit perfectly? Will the 50 be uncomfortable for me? more importantly, when just wearing pants and vest, will the 50 vest and 52 pants look not right together?
Any advice gratefully appreciated.
To the best of my knowledge, €2000 including fabric is the standard price point. You can spend more and you can spend less, but €2000-2200 seems to be the sweet spot from what I hear.