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post #28786 of 122416
Looking to buy Shoes for formal events (navy suits, black suits, grey suits).
PTB in black shell or PTB in #8 shell or .....
Suggestions please.
post #28787 of 122416

LWB in #8

post #28788 of 122416

^ I second this.

post #28789 of 122416
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Originally Posted by rkusmant View Post

Looking to buy Shoes for formal events (navy suits, black suits, grey suits).
PTB in black shell or PTB in #8 shell or .....
Suggestions please.

When you say 'formal' I assume not black tie (tux). Depending on how strictly conservative you need to be, PTB fall more in the middle because it is a blucher and has a more casual 360 degree welt with double leather. If you want to dress it up more, I suggest a balmoral (#8 will with most dark suits except black) cap toe or wing tip. If the environment is not too conservative, yes, PTB would be fine.
post #28790 of 122416

You guys really don't love black, do you?smile.gif  I love my #8 LWBs, and it's probably the Alden to get if you're only going to own one pair of Alden shells, but in the real world a black PTB or LWB would serve you well in many casual and semi-formal circumstances.  

post #28791 of 122416

Just snagged these SWB off of the Bay. Thought they were Color #8, but apparently more of a dark reddish brown: http://www.ebay.com/itm/280884096196?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649#ht_500wt_1204

 

Any thoughts on a belt color for these and some dark jeans?

post #28792 of 122416
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Originally Posted by ErikW View Post

Just snagged these SWB off of the Bay. Thought they were Color #8, but apparently more of a dark reddish brown: http://www.ebay.com/itm/280884096196?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649#ht_500wt_1204

Any thoughts on a belt color for these and some dark jeans?

For dark brown calfskin... dark brown casual belt I would say.
post #28793 of 122416
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Originally Posted by AnOxymoron View Post

They are 8.5E, but if I had the choice I'd get 8.5D. I don't know my brannock size, but I wear a 9 in clarks DBs.

 

Do you wear an E width in dress shoes?  I returned my 8.5 E 403s but now I'm lost whether I should go with 8 D or E.  The heel of the D was perfect but the instep and toe box were tight, whereas the heel of the E was a bit too big but the instep and toe box were perfect.  I wear E width in dress shoes.  I am curious if others who wear an E in dress shoes have found D in CXL (or other) Indys to be right after break in...  The instep should stretch, right?

post #28794 of 122416
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I really want to grab a pair of the LWB from North River while they're on sale. Unfortunately my brannock is about 9.5B heel to toe with heel to ball being about a 10B. Anyone have any idea what size of the LWB on the Barrie last in C width might work the best for me?
Thanks

Sorry to bump, but can anyone help a brother out?

Thanks
post #28795 of 122416
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Originally Posted by rkusmant View Post

Looking to buy Shoes for formal events (navy suits, black suits, grey suits).
PTB in black shell or PTB in #8 shell or .....
Suggestions please.

1) if you have a black suit, you need black shoes to wear with it. A black PTB or longwing would work, but how about these if you must get shell:

http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-mens_perforated_cap_toe_bal_oxford_shell_cordovan_black_shell/pvc-ald-mxsdlc-9016_ald_m_perforated_cap_toe_bal_oxford_shell_cordovan.html

http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-mens_cap_toe_bal_oxford_shell_cordovan_black_shell/pvc-ald-mxsdlc-9071_ald_m_cap_toe_bal_oxford_shell_cordovan.html

Otherwise, I would suggest black calfskin from Church's, Crockett and Jones, etc in this price range

2) For your navy and grey suits, color 8 LWB or PTB would work. I would also suggest cugar LWB and PTB.
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Sorry to bump, but can anyone help a brother out?
Thanks

Quote:
Originally Posted by theclipper

I really want to grab a pair of the LWB from North River while they're on sale. Unfortunately my brannock is about 9.5B heel to toe with heel to ball being about a 10B. Anyone have any idea what size of the LWB on the Barrie last in C width might work the best for me?
Thanks

Sorry to bump, but can anyone help a brother out?

Thanks


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well, you always want to go with the larger of the measurements so as to not smush any part of your foot, rendering the shoe unwearable. tongue pads and insoles can make up the difference spots...

so lets assume you are a 10B. That makes you roughly (and i mean roughly) a 9.5C. in the barrie last, that would equate to a 9C.
and there you have it.
post #28797 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

1) if you have a black suit, you need black shoes to wear with it. A black PTB or longwing would work, but how about these if you must get shell:
http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-mens_perforated_cap_toe_bal_oxford_shell_cordovan_black_shell/pvc-ald-mxsdlc-9016_ald_m_perforated_cap_toe_bal_oxford_shell_cordovan.html
http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-mens_cap_toe_bal_oxford_shell_cordovan_black_shell/pvc-ald-mxsdlc-9071_ald_m_cap_toe_bal_oxford_shell_cordovan.html
Otherwise, I would suggest black calfskin from Church's, Crockett and Jones, etc in this price range
2) For your navy and grey suits, color 8 LWB or PTB would work. I would also suggest cugar LWB and PTB.

counterpoint: while a black balmoral is technically the correct shoe to wear with a black suit, i think a blucher style captoe or LWB shoe would be more versatile, as it could be worn with jeans and such. given that 99% of men wearing black suits are sporting black slip-on square toed monstrosities, i don't think it's super necessary to go the balmoral route. if it were me, i'd go with the BBBF LWB or the black cordovan punched captoe from leathersoul:

http://leathersoulhawaii.com/2012/04/27/alden-shoe-hampton-perf-tip-blucher-re-stock-lsw/
post #28798 of 122416

^^^^Totally agree^^^^
 

post #28799 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mexicutioner View Post

counterpoint: while a black balmoral is technically the correct shoe to wear with a black suit, i think a blucher style captoe or LWB shoe would be more versatile, as it could be worn with jeans and such. given that 99% of men wearing black suits are sporting black slip-on square toed monstrosities, i don't think it's super necessary to go the balmoral route. if it were me, i'd go with the BBBF LWB or the black cordovan punched captoe from leathersoul:
http://leathersoulhawaii.com/2012/04/27/alden-shoe-hampton-perf-tip-blucher-re-stock-lsw/

LS's Attorney Shoe is a fine choice - I think it goes very well with my suits as well as jeans. The plaza last is very chiseled and just looks nice and works well with jeans too!
post #28800 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mexicutioner View Post

counterpoint: while a black balmoral is technically the correct shoe to wear with a black suit, i think a blucher style captoe or LWB shoe would be more versatile, as it could be worn with jeans and such. given that 99% of men wearing black suits are sporting black slip-on square toed monstrosities, i don't think it's super necessary to go the balmoral route. if it were me, i'd go with the BBBF LWB or the black cordovan punched captoe from leathersoul:
http://leathersoulhawaii.com/2012/04/27/alden-shoe-hampton-perf-tip-blucher-re-stock-lsw/

This is true - a black PTB or longwing would go well with a suit or jeans, so if you have to get one shoe, that would be it... Honestly I would recommend the original questioner get a black balmoral from someone like Allen Edmonds then get a color 8 or cigar longwing for his grey/navy suits (if he doesn't want to spend the money on two pairs or cordovan shoes). I think owning a black bal shoe is a great investment for anyone planning on going to formal events
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