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post #21451 of 28558

As some of you may remember from the AE thread, I'm on a quest right now to outfit myself with some footwear.

 

I'm having a hard time with colors though. There are so many shades. Of course there's basic black, but then there's also walnut, chili, merlot, burgundy, oxblood, light brown, dark brown, etc... And then with casual suede shoes there are all the different tones of blue, red, brown, etc.

 

What are the guidelines that dictate whether a given shade of shoe color goes with a given outfit? When should I wear "chili" shoes and when I should I wear blue suede shoes?

post #21452 of 28558

If you are talking about suits, I find this guide from PutThisOn very straightforward:

 

With casual outfits (save for some SW&D looks, which I am not confident enough to say anything about), brown or burgundy works generally better than black. Darker shades of brown will be easier to wear than lighter shades; it is generally easier to have your shoes darker than your trousers than vice versa. In summer, you can generally wear lighter colors since the summer outfits tend to be lighter, while in fall darker colors are more versatile.

 

If you are buying your first (couple of) nice shoes, stick to (darker) brown, oxblood and black. The fancier colors (blue, red) should come only after you have at least a full rotation of more versatile colors, if you find that it's your thing.

post #21453 of 28558

Thanks sinfjotli. That's helpful. Should the shade of shoes reflect the overall shade of the outfit? For example, if the overall tone of your outfit is darker shades (say navy blue, dark green, maroon red, etc...), then does it logically follow that the shoes should be a darker shade of brown to match with the outfit? And vice-versa, if the outfit is brighter or lighter in color tone, should the shoes be a lighter brown to match?

post #21454 of 28558

Yes, in principle. However, I think that you can get away more easily with wearing darker shoes with a lighter outfit, than lighter shoes with a darker outfit. Maybe you can give a specific example of an outfit you have in mind? There is more to shoe choice than just color, too.

post #21455 of 28558

Well, here in Arizona I like to keep my outfits very simple because of the heat. There's no fun in layering vests, jackets, etc when the weather is blistering hot most of the year. Just off the top of my head something that I might wear would be a light green poplin gingham shirt with either tan chinos or dark blue jeans. So I think some casual shoes that might go well with that outfit would be... a rich brown suede, such as Allen Edmonds' "Snuff" color? Shown in the spoiler below:

 

 

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Am I on the right track?

post #21456 of 28558

These would look nice with chinos and jeans, though you may also want to look at derbies (open-laced shoes), and loafers; I think they would be a slightly better match with the outfits you propose. The color seems fine to me. If you are in Arizona, you can probably wear medium and even light brown shoes most of the year.

post #21457 of 28558
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Originally Posted by DerangedGoose View Post

 

If they are calf I will consider them, but corrected is a no go. I cant get a straight answer...

 

Either way it's a stamped grain pattern, the leather looks a bit shiny and plasticky, and they're basically not that nice.  But they're $75.  The technicalities of WHY they look like $75 shoes are immaterial.  They just do, because they are.  Here's a more expensive alternative. on sale so worth a look.  Might fit your style and budget, and a definite step up in both quality and credibility - hope they have your size.


Edited by mimo - 5/2/13 at 5:55am
post #21458 of 28558
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Originally Posted by AZsundevil View Post

Well, here in Arizona I like to keep my outfits very simple because of the heat. There's no fun in layering vests, jackets, etc when the weather is blistering hot most of the year. Just off the top of my head something that I might wear would be a light green poplin gingham shirt with either tan chinos or dark blue jeans. So I think some casual shoes that might go well with that outfit would be... a rich brown suede, such as Allen Edmonds' "Snuff" color? Shown in the spoiler below:

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

Am I on the right track?

 

 

Definitely.  I have some suede brogues in this kind of colour, with contrasting laces, and wear them just the same way - with chinos, beige linens or coloured jeans.  As you're fixated on AE, and in a hot place, maybe take a look at these for similar use - they'll be cooler (if not necessarily cooler, if you catch my drift).  Pity, they were on sale last week.  Here's a pair in action on this forum.

post #21459 of 28558

Thank you, gentlemen. Those Boca Ratons look nice but I'm not quite sure I like that style of shoe. I'll have to see if I can check them out in person when I go in to the AE factory store... laugh.gif

post #21460 of 28558

 

Quite understood - I've always been a bit wary of woven leather and wouldn't have given these another look but for that photo on SF.

 

In the mean time, I do like my suede brogues - and they're definitely casual to me.

post #21461 of 28558
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Originally Posted by wing8tesqw View Post

I'm going to a wedding as a +1 of a bridesmaid.

Wing-

The conditions you describe in your later post (day wedding, California) would open the door to that first blazer.  I would pair it with a pair of cream/ecru pants and some bitchin' summer shoes.  If wearing a tie the world is yours with this pairing- but I'd keep it simple so that you don't clash with your date and the lovely purple dress.... 

I always tread with a great deal of caution when matching blazers.  Steer clear of trying to mess with a black blazer. 

post #21462 of 28558
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The simple fact is that these guys look like twats largely due to their tie clips -
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and this guy doesn't -

 

I'm loving the abundant use of the word "twat" today.  Thank you for the proper application of this wonderful word. 

post #21463 of 28558
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I'm loving the abundant use of the word "twat" today.  Thank you for the proper application of this wonderful word. 
It comes from the Old English "thwitan," which derives from the Old Norse word "thveit," referring to a piece of land that had been cut off or cut up.

Its etymology is quite dissimilar from that of the word "twit," which comes as a surprise to most people.

Obligatory style-related content: Earlier today, I purchased a pair of American Optical sunglasses.
post #21464 of 28558

Can anyone tell me if these boot are somewhat wearable or too hideous/square-toed? I know duckbills are despised on SF.

 

They are hand-me-down Johnston & Murphy chelsea boots from the late 80s to early 90s. They are made in Italy; the calf skin seems good quality when compared to Allen Edmonds and Ferragamo.

 

 

post #21465 of 28558

It is a pity that the quality is decent.  Because they are fucking horrible and must be burned.  I feel your pain.

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