Originally Posted by TactileOne
As a relative newcomer to this sickness, I find that for the moment I have all the boots and casual loafers I need. I work in a rather casual environment, and seldom find myself in even a blazer it's usually khakis and a OBDC for me.
That being said, I'd like to pick up a pair of shell shoes that are a bit dressier that what I have and would like some advice. I'd wear them with anything from jeans to khakis to a pair of wool dress pants.
I'm looking at: #8 tassels, #8 shortwing on commando soles, or a pair of NST in Cigar or Whiskey. Bear in mind that I have a pair of #8 NST boot on commando already.
Citishoes in NYC has whiskey and cigar NST's. Alden of Carmel has Color 8 shortwings on commando soles. The Alden stores -- San Fran, NYC and DC -- as well as Shoemart and, really, any Alden dealer should have, or have access to drop ship to you, Color 8 tassels.
Suggestion: If you want one pair of shoes for more formal dress, I would suggest the shortwing or NST over the tassels. Tassels are great, but of the three styles you mention, tassels are the least dressy.
The real answer, of course - what a real man would do -- is to get one of each of your three choices. More seriously, if you are going to get only one, given your purpose, I would put tassels at the bottom of the three.