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post #30511 of 33180

 

I have seen some Florshiem Imperials and Allen Edmonds with this little "tag" on the inside of the shoe and I have seen others without it. What is the difference between shoes with it and without?

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I was asked recently what is the minimum number of shoes to be a well dressed man on all ocassions. Thoughts? I have 24 pairs because that is what the built in shelves in my closet will hold. When I go over 24, I give one away.
post #30513 of 33180
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Originally Posted by cellphoneguy81 View Post

I was asked recently what is the minimum number of shoes to be a well dressed man on all ocassions. Thoughts? I have 24 pairs because that is what the built in shelves in my closet will hold. When I go over 24, I give one away.

 

Let's see...

 

Functional shoes:

  • 2 pairs athletic shoes (one for gym, one for running)
  • 1 pair functional boots (for actual hiking or outdoors activity)
  • 1 pair flip-flops (necessity for the pool or the beach)

Dress Shoes (different levels of dress)

  • 1 pair black captoes
  • 1 pair brown longwings
  • 1 pair brown monkstraps
  • 1 pair shortwings / derbies
  • 1 pair brown captoes
  • 1-2 pairs suede
  • 2 "dress" loafers (different shades of brown)
  • 1 suede loafer
  • 1 casual loafer (beefroll)
  • 1 camp moc / boat shoes

Boots:

  • 1 pair "dress boots"
  • 1 pair casual boots
  • 1 pair whatever

Casual footwear:

  • 1 pair boat shoes / camp mocs
  • 1 pair beater shoes (for bars and whatnot)
  • 1 pair sneakers (classic white variety)

 

That's 22 pairs, including stuff that has nothing to do with menswear, and honestly you could probably remove several of those. I just kinda started filling stuff in after a point to try and hit 24. 24 is quite a bit, especially from a maintenance perspective...

post #30514 of 33180
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Originally Posted by novaeagle View Post

Let's see...

Functional shoes:
  • 2 pairs athletic shoes (one for gym, one for running)
  • 1 pair functional boots (for actual hiking or outdoors activity)
  • 1 pair flip-flops (necessity for the pool or the beach)
Dress Shoes (different levels of dress)
  • 1 pair black captoes
  • 1 pair brown longwings
  • 1 pair brown monkstraps
  • 1 pair shortwings / derbies
  • 1 pair brown captoes
  • 1-2 pairs suede
  • 2 "dress" loafers (different shades of brown)
  • 1 suede loafer
  • 1 casual loafer (beefroll)
  • 1 camp moc / boat shoes
Boots:
  • 1 pair "dress boots"
  • 1 pair casual boots
  • 1 pair whatever
Casual footwear:
  • 1 pair boat shoes / camp mocs
  • 1 pair beater shoes (for bars and whatnot)
  • 1 pair sneakers (classic white variety)

That's 22 pairs, including stuff that has nothing to do with menswear, and honestly you could probably remove several of those. I just kinda started filling stuff in after a point to try and hit 24. 24 is quite a bit, especially from a maintenance perspective...

This is a good list. I have many that are on here, but not all. I like lots of casual shoes so I have multiple pairs of Sperrys, Vans, Cole Hann (loafers) and Clarks dessert boots that make up about half of all my shoes. The others are split between various dress shoes (6 pairs), athletic shoes and if you live in Texas (like I do) your "functional" boot, which is a cowboy boot! Don't judge me 😄. And yes, 24 is a lot from a maintenence perspective. I have a pretty vast collection of shoe cars products that is one of my hobbies!

Oh yeah, and I was not including flip flops in this! I have a whole basket in my closet.

I think bare minimum is 8. And that is very hard, but you could do it if they are 8 awesome and mostly Classic shoes.
post #30515 of 33180
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Originally Posted by cellphoneguy81 View Post

I was asked recently what is the minimum number of shoes to be a well dressed man on all ocassions. Thoughts? I have 24 pairs because that is what the built in shelves in my closet will hold. When I go over 24, I give one away.
That's a rather snarky public pronouncement. "Minimum"? I'd say that maintaining 8 pair of dress/casual is far more than enough. 20 plus pair, dictated by closet space, is conspicuous and puts you squarely in "dandy" company. Since you've started with the swinging dick announcement ( hard to best the "closet
dictates the number of pair") I now fully realize that I too am a shallow collector. I have 68 pair of generally higher end shoes and live daily with a shameful guilt over the many "real" reasons for owning this obscene amount. Anyone wearing US size 13 D, please PM me. Lobb, Green, and most makers from the continent, are sleeping in my closet. I read posts like those above mine and feel abject disgust over what used to make me happy. Collecting, holding, and rarely wearing leaves an empty feeling ( I know, larger issues abide here). Then posting drivel like this as a mild critique to Mr.24 pair, proves the point. I am soooo shallow sometimes.
post #30516 of 33180
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Originally Posted by bespoken4me View Post

That's a rather snarky public pronouncement. "Minimum"? I'd say that maintaining 8 pair of dress/casual is far more than enough. 20 plus pair, dictated by closet space, is conspicuous and puts you squarely in "dandy" company. Since you've started with the swinging dick announcement ( hard to best the "closet
dictates the number of pair") I now fully realize that I too am a shallow collector. I have 68 pair of generally higher end shoes and live daily with a shameful guilt over the many "real" reasons for owning this obscene amount. Anyone wearing US size 13 D, please PM me. Lobb, Green, and most makers from the continent, are sleeping in my closet. I read posts like those above mine and feel abject disgust over what used to make me happy. Collecting, holding, and rarely wearing leaves an empty feeling ( I know, larger issues abide here). Then posting drivel like this as a mild critique to Mr.24 pair, proves the point. I am soooo shallow sometimes.

I find your post quite humorous Mr.68...
I thought 24 pairs would actually be quite modest for a forum like this, so I didn't think I was coming out swinging! Since I don't have your impeccable sounding taste or budget (seemingly) most of my shoes are sub $150 a pair (using advice from places like Dappered). I usually buy about 8 new pairs of shoes a year, though I am at 7 in 2015 so far...I rotate out the old and give them to my fashion challenged brother in law who now has in excess of 30 pairs of my old shoes that are probably mostly in a box in his garage.

While I am hardly a fashion snob (my gag reflex is triggered far too often on this site) I do appreciate a bit of banter among dudes about their mostly meaningless opinions. I had one person tell me today how much a bag I bought and like looked like a blob of ugly leather. I laughing so hard I could not be offended.

Till next time 68'
post #30517 of 33180
Hey, I owe you a debt of gratitude and truly was not trying to either denigrate nor poke at you. This was an evening of self loathing. Dinner with ex, no sipping of a "throaty" Pinot:satisfied:- this was a simple night of Dewars with a side of bickering. I get home, read posts and project upon you my own disgust for having followed the same "rules of the road". I obsess over clothing, and shoes are the last false peak which drives me long after suits, blazers and the endless shirting possibilities leave me wanting more. Buying shoes is very much akin to Chinese food- desire, order, eat, regret, then repeat cycle. I own that many pair only because the anticipation of receiving the package far outweighs the pleasure of receiving and opening the actual package.
I used to know it all and deep down still think I do, which is why I always use SF as my go to when hankering to take it out on others. There's only truly one thing that keeps me anchored, and it's not the decent guy like you who posts an honest statement. It's the guy who has been a member for 2 years and owns 18k posts. That hapless soul makes me feel good about myself. I envision his life, the actual time spent reading, the thoughts he wrangles with before typing, and the utter waste of time I expend thinking about who this clown is ( can't maintain a salaried job with 18k posts in 2 years, much less a love life). I write back, go to sleep and feel no better tomorrow.


Any US 13D wearer- I have em all.
1. Exotic collection. AE MTO belly gator dress shoes in cap, split toe and PTB. Vintage FJ, Florsheim and Clapp.
2. Many, many pair of shell, in most colors
3. Many many pair of Carmina
4. Every English maker save Cheaney
5. Most Italian save Lattanzi
6. Name your AE and Alden
7. Everything else
8. Everything beyond #7
post #30518 of 33180
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Originally Posted by bespoken4me View Post

Hey, I owe you a debt of gratitude and truly was not trying to either denigrate nor poke at you. This was an evening of self loathing. Dinner with ex, no sipping of a "throaty" Pinot:satisfied:- this was a simple night of Dewars with a side of bickering. I get home, read posts and project upon you my own disgust for having followed the same "rules of the road". I obsess over clothing, and shoes are the last false peak which drives me long after suits, blazers and the endless shirting possibilities leave me wanting more. Buying shoes is very much akin to Chinese food- desire, order, eat, regret, then repeat cycle. I own that many pair only because the anticipation of receiving the package far outweighs the pleasure of receiving and opening the actual package.
I used to know it all and deep down still think I do, which is why I always use SF as my go to when hankering to take it out on others. There's only truly one thing that keeps me anchored, and it's not the decent guy like you who posts an honest statement. It's the guy who has been a member for 2 years and owns 18k posts. That hapless soul makes me feel good about myself. I envision his life, the actual time spent reading, the thoughts he wrangles with before typing, and the utter waste of time I expend thinking about who this clown is ( can't maintain a salaried job with 18k posts in 2 years, much less a love life). I write back, go to sleep and feel no better tomorrow.


Any US 13D wearer- I have em all.
1. Exotic collection. AE MTO belly gator dress shoes in cap, split toe and PTB. Vintage FJ, Florsheim and Clapp.
2. Many, many pair of shell, in most colors
3. Many many pair of Carmina
4. Every English maker save Cheaney
5. Most Italian save Lattanzi
6. Name your AE and Alden
7. Everything else
8. Everything beyond #7

No offense taken here. Consider us new pals. As someone who leads a typical "American deam" life in the burbs I have little self loathing (at the moment). However, you never know what's to come...so I just enjoy it day by day.

I would much rather discuss a bit about shoes and clothes than heavier topics like politics. I mean I see this forum as patriotic. Who wants to live in a world where men can't use secret code names to discuss random fashion thoughts with strangers in the middle of the night?

-24
post #30519 of 33180

Hello,

I am experiencing troubles finding a suitable jacket color for this outfit.

 

Pants are very light blue almost near purple. Can you suggest some?

post #30520 of 33180
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Originally Posted by Vimaxclima View Post

Hello,
I am experiencing troubles finding a suitable jacket color for this outfit.






Pants are very light blue almost near purple. Can you suggest some?

I think a slim fit navy blazer would work. Similar to below picture

post #30521 of 33180

Thank you, i also take it into consideration. At the moment i am thinking between dark blue or white jacket. 

post #30522 of 33180
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Originally Posted by Vimaxclima View Post

Thank you, i also take it into consideration. At the moment i am thinking between dark blue or white jacket. 

White would work as well. Just pay close attention to the texture of the jacket, to see if it goes with the pants well. I always feel like the lighter the jacket the more apparent (and therefore more important) the type of fabric is. With a white jacket you would also be able to significantly change this look by changing the belt and shoes. Good luck!
post #30523 of 33180

So I'm standing in a friend's wedding and ordering a tux online for it. 5'8" with a ridiculously large chest, combination of simply born with a larger than normal ribcage and a 300 pound bench max. Currently 176 pounds, but overweight from coming off shoulder surgery and will be back to my athletic 160-165 pounds by September. Chest wise, 44in fits a little snug but doesn't look bad, 46 is ideal around the chest but ends up needing a lot of work to take in the sides and the bride/groom were kind enough to find affordable Tuxes for us so I'd rather not spoil that if I could buy online and simply make minor altercations or preferably none at all (Note, note exactly sure how normal tux purchasing works. I'm a new hire engineer trying to do this on a college budget.)

 

My question is do I want a 44 short or a reg at 5'8"? my arms and torso are pretty normal sized, as far as I can tell. Site doesn't give a suggested arm measurement for determining if you should use which version.  

post #30524 of 33180
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Originally Posted by hockeybjj View Post
 

So I'm standing in a friend's wedding and ordering a tux online for it. 5'8" with a ridiculously large chest, combination of simply born with a larger than normal ribcage and a 300 pound bench max. Currently 176 pounds, but overweight from coming off shoulder surgery and will be back to my athletic 160-165 pounds by September. Chest wise, 44in fits a little snug but doesn't look bad, 46 is ideal around the chest but ends up needing a lot of work to take in the sides and the bride/groom were kind enough to find affordable Tuxes for us so I'd rather not spoil that if I could buy online and simply make minor altercations or preferably none at all (Note, note exactly sure how normal tux purchasing works. I'm a new hire engineer trying to do this on a college budget.)

 

My question is do I want a 44 short or a reg at 5'8"? my arms and torso are pretty normal sized, as far as I can tell. Site doesn't give a suggested arm measurement for determining if you should use which version.

 

Shoot them an email and ask about sleeve length or measurements in general.

 

I've had to do that a few times.

post #30525 of 33180
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Originally Posted by Koala-T View Post
 


two things on the darker suit:

you think the suits length is okay? im afraid i will end up with my legs looking like the go on forever (they actually do, but I dont necessarily want to enhance that)
the pants are maybe a little tight around the butt area. i generally wear tight fitting clothes, but how much can be altered/let out in that area? is that a simple procedure?

maybe it will need a little waist suppression but i will have to wear it a couple times before i feel i can make a decision on that.

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