Originally Posted by bruceposey
I've just started on "the path" with #8 PTB's. How would some of the more experienced aficionados and collectors on this forum suggest I proceed? Buy what's available as you go. Get the basics first. Order a particular shoe in a so-called "grail" colour and wait for the zombie apocalypse. Any suggestions at all would be great.
First borns w/ Marcoliani cashmere socks
Wonderful to see that you have picked up the two worst habits in which one can be legally engaged - shell cordovan shoes and Marcoliani socks. (Cashmere no less.) Great. Good for you. Write a letter to your future heirs and tell them that there will be no inheritance because, instead of something simple like crack or booze, you picked up the shell cordovan bug. My advice run while you can. Go. Leave or you will be arguing about different shades of brown on this internet board after spending all of your money on something that almost no one understands and makes you look crazier than an old coot in a state run facility.
Should you continue on with us, however, you will need at least the following to be a true member of the club:
* 1 Boot (at least)
* 2 Pair loafers (at least) - tassels and the LHS if they fit you. You can always add in a full strap or one of the others.
* A wide assortment of bluchers
If you work in a casual environment, I don't think you need to be too particular about what you buy next. If it is suits, you may want to get one of the SC oxfords.
Personally, I would do tassel loafers in color 8.