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Originally Posted by noobie View Post

I never got an answer. I have this summer started a collection of welted quality shoes. My dress class is not as good as the most of your and im wearing jeans, chinos with shirts. I have bought a pair of c&j double monks and two pair of loafers, i need another pair of "casual" shoes. I was thinking of a pair of black/dark brown oxfords with broughes.

 

What kind of model could you recomend for casual clothing?

 

thank you


Unless said casual clothing is black or charcoal, brown. Styling is up to you. Something with brouging is a good choice. If I were you, I would have something that could look normal if/when you wind up wearing a suit, so a half brouge would work, ie, a punchcap with a medallion. A plain old punchcap could work nicely too.

Or, if you're sticking strictly casual, a plain toe blucher could be an option.

Really, your options are wide open here. Something with laces that suits your fancy.
post #9287 of 30946
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Originally Posted by L.R. View Post


Thanks for the advice mate. My predicament is as follows: I need a boot I can wear casually. I tend to dress on a more aggressive side (my old punk roots still show through, though the mohawk has been tamed). So the black works well for me. HOWEVER, I still need the boot to be presentable in an office environment. Right now I don't work in one, but I plan on earning my way in soon. So, with everything considered: I want a boot that can be worn in a creative office environment, that I can wear with jeans and my old patched jacket as well. If I settle on the Lewis, perhaps I should decide to go with brown?

You're most welcome, and punk rock roots you say? LOVE IT! As to the Lewis, yes, in a creative environment you can pull that one off with a suit, but I agree with Birdman that, should you have a serious (aka formal) business meeting, the Lewis will be out of place since, at such (formal) meetings, so too would tweed and/or sports coats be out of place. I personally love my full-brogue boots, very versatile, but something I added later on to my rotation, once I had the staples covered (not to worry: being a classic brogues will never go out of style, meaning, you can always pick up a pair later, at your convenience so no problems there). Seeing as you're looking to get only one pair for now and that you like lace-ups, I'd have to agree with Birdman re: his recommendation for a burgundy chukka, which as he says are very versatile.
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Originally Posted by harvey_birdman View Post





Consider a Chukka boot in burgundy/cordovan.

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I own a pair and am comfortable wearing them with a suit on hard weather days.

Good advice, Birdman, another classic (and the chukka boot vs. chelsea/jod boot debate goes on. Whilst I myself prefer the Jod/Chelseas, those Aldens are nice and, whether chukka or chelsea/jod, it all comes down to personal preference, I agree). Either way, L.R., come fair-weather days, you're really going to enjoy boots, whatever your style preference. In addition to Alden, other quality chukka makers include Crockett & Jones, Loakes (1880 is their premier line, though they've other lines to accommodate all tastes/budgets), Church/Cheaney and I believe that Grenson also has some smart chukkas on offer, among others (steer clear of the suede and/or crepe sole line, though; smart casual wear but don't pair with a suit). All good. And if you only want one at this time and prefer lace-up boots, then the most versatile would be the chukka that Birdman recommends. Clean toe boots in a classic color [i.e., cordovan/burgundy and English Tan (brown)], go with just about everything and especially nice with navy (the accepted preference, actually) but not black (only black goes with black, which means, can get those Lewis later, right? wink.gif That said, if truly a creative enviro (i.e., not semi-formal/business like Bay Street or Wall Street for e.g.), then the Lewis will do you fine, too. Curiously, the brogue (black) is a dress boot for Highlanders when in formal, dress kilt-wear, and still is (Scottish tradition calls for black, and well polished!). So, like all other things, it depends. In the event you like them all and have hard time deciding amongst the styles (all nice, but if only can have for now the one), then you might just want to check with your HR as to the dress code, just to be sure. Otherwise, have fun shopping and selecting your new boots---all nice choices, and wear them well!! smile.gif
post #9288 of 30946
An annoying what goes with what question:

I recently bought this suit from CT and am looking for shoes to pair it with. Would ravello longwings work? Any advice is appreciated, though I will say I'd prefer it not to be a boot.
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I just bought me a navy wool/linen sport coat but... I'm still unsure about fit so I'll show it here for consideration (I can bring it back).
To me it fits well in the shoulders, what I'm unsure of is the chest area: should be tighter in there ? Needs tailoring ?
Quarters are closed, tried one size down and they remained closed but some tension started to show around buttons so I'll asume it's designed to be closed, right ?
I'm also thinking of changing buttons if I keep it. The ones it has now are dark and cheap looking.

Thanks.

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MiamiRedSkin is selling this Hermes linen coat, and I love everything about it except that it's too big for me. Any leads on where I might find a summer jacket like this? It's pretty much exactly what I want in terms of cut, lapels, material, pattern, etc. Obviously I could go bespoke but I'd sure like to place an order and get something next week, as I am a cheap and impatient bastard.

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Normally I go with Faconnable, Tyrwhitt, etc. for stuff like this. No dice.
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Originally Posted by samsterdam View Post

An annoying what goes with what question:

I recently bought this suit from CT and am looking for shoes to pair it with. Would ravello longwings work? Any advice is appreciated, though I will say I'd prefer it not to be a boot.

Oh I should say so. Awesome combo.

No experience with the suit maker, but the colours' a winning mix.
post #9292 of 30946
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Originally Posted by Dbear View Post

Coming over from SW:D, and just starting my MC collection.

I would like to start with 2 spread collar dress shirts to wear with a suit. Any direction? Willing to spend from $80-$150. Any affiliates I should be looking at?

You are in San Francisco?
Starting out with dress shirts for suits, get a white and a light blue. Think about getting them made, see the Spoon Tailor thread. Really, the prices are quite reasonable considering what a decent dress shirt will cost off the rack, and the fit will be much better.

http://www.styleforum.net/forum/thread/225112/spoon-tailor-hong-kong-bespoke-operation-in-san-francisco
post #9293 of 30946
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Originally Posted by noobie View Post

I never got an answer. I have this summer started a collection of welted quality shoes. My dress class is not as good as the most of your and im wearing jeans, chinos with shirts. I have bought a pair of c&j double monks and two pair of loafers, i need another pair of "casual" shoes. I was thinking of a pair of black/dark brown oxfords with broughes.

 

What kind of model could you recomend for casual clothing?

 

thank you


I think C&J make a very nice shoe for the price. As far as style, that's up to personal taste, and to an extent it depends on budget. From the main line, Oxfords, take a look at C&J Wigmore, Westbourne, Drummond. Maybe tge Westfield, the Finsbury. Derbies, The Hove, the Talbot, the Dartmouth. There are similar models with rubber soles. See the Swansea, Exmoor and the Pembroke.

Are you in the US? Think about Alden as well. A pair of Alden longwings (975, burgundy shell cordovan) are classic, and great with jeans or a suit.
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280712151244&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:VRI

I have been eying this. Seems to me to be a pretty good deal. Any thoughts?
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Are Allen Edmond Strands good dress casual/suit shoes? How's the quality? Sizing? They're currently on sale for $200, and they look pretty schnazzy:

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what tie(s) can i wear with this shirt? I was thinking a grenadine, but can I do a dark blue grenadine on the blue patterned shirt, or should i go with a red/burgundy (I have red hair/coloring so am a bit wary of that much red on the tie, but it could be ok). What else might work (colors/patterns)?

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post #9297 of 30946
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Originally Posted by reedobandito View Post

Are Allen Edmond Strands good dress casual/suit shoes? How's the quality? Sizing? They're currently on sale for $200, and they look pretty schnazzy:

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They have been recomended here (this same model or any other good brogued brown oxford), hundreds of times as the best second shoe after you have your black cap toe oxfords.
According to the rules it will be better with suits being a balmoral/oxford but they look good with slacks, too (maybe not ideal with more casual pants like khakis, etc).
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Originally Posted by harvey_birdman View Post


Oh I should say so. Awesome combo.

No experience with the suit maker, but the colours' a winning mix.

Cheers, Harvey! cheers.gif
post #9299 of 30946

Hi guys, 

 

Just got a quick question, hope you can help me out.

 

I'm starting a job tomorrow and was told the dress code was 'fairly casual'. It's going to be cold so a sweater will be involved. 

 

So, I have a gray polo, with a small white line on the collar. Then I have button down shirts: Plain white; Sky blue and white vertical stripes (blue more prominent color); One similar to this, same colors but smaller/more squares http://is02.thegumtree.com/image/extrabig/70302050.jpg

 

Then I have 2 black v-necks. One is slightly off-black and a bit thicker than the other blacker, cashmere-type, thinner one.

 

Thanks for all your help, I'll probably be wearing black trousers and black shoes. Too much black? Ergh. Anyway, thanks again smile.gif

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Likely the worng place for this, but can someone tell me how to edit my "Ignore List" in the new format?
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