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Five Shoes for a Versatile Wardrobe

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by TheloniusDrunk, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. tobiasj

    tobiasj Well-Known Member

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    That is a fucking fantastic set.
     
  2. Patrick R

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    Thanks. [​IMG]
     
  3. Calder

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    The most essential shoes are plain black oxford captoes (for interview & senior management meetings)

    But the ones I wear most are Loake 771 & Loake Waverley. I have... rather too many pairs of those.

    The most useless shoes in existence are closed lace brown brogues, in my opinion.

    The ugliest are tassled loafers.



    Other shoes I use... Loake 641 (weekends & casual friday), Loake 204 Black Monks... possibly I just own too many Loakes

    ...

    Nah.
     
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  4. TheloniusDrunk

    TheloniusDrunk Well-Known Member

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    Thank you PSG. As you pointed out, those other threads are just random people weighing in to give the three shoes they would like to live with. As such it's just the reader trying to figure out what lifestyle/wardrobe they're talking about and try to see if that would work for me, rather than in here where I've specifically laid out criteria to meet.

    Those other threads may have contributions from forum heavyweights, but given that forum heavyweights such as Manton, Vox, et al. are generally dressing in a more business formal manner than I, most of it seems pretty irrelevant to my needs.
     
  5. Claghorn

    Claghorn Well-Known Member

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    Black punched cap toe oxford
    brown punched cap toe oxford
    burgundy punched cap to oxford
    brown brogues
    lighter brown chelseas

    Though I'd be easily sold on replacing any of the above (except the black oxford) with another pair of chelseas.
     
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  6. TheloniusDrunk

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    Everyone seems to love chesleas. I admit I like them, but I love different boots a lot more (balmorals are a favorite), what's the appeal that I'm missing?
     
  7. GusW

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    Surprised there isn't more love for double monks here in brown suede or calf for business casual/jeans and a jacket.
     
  8. Thanks SF (a new me)

    Thanks SF (a new me) Well-Known Member

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    agree because I have the exact same lineup, plus a few more of course..I also think C&J Westfield in suede or the affordable Herrings Reading are great addition for a casual vibe
     
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  9. TheloniusDrunk

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    I would have included some, but I like boots so I wanted to get a boot in there, and I felt that double monks were pretty similar to plain toe bluchers and loafers so they seemed a little redundant. I'm thinking about changing up my lineup and substituting a monk for either the PTB or the loafers, not sure.
     
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    Not a ton of love for burgundy in this thread. I think I would certainly want a pair if I was limited to 5 pairs of shoes.

    4 x balmoral cap-toes (plain, punched, medallion) in black, brown, burgundy and suede.
    1 x bluchers of some sort. Probably brown suede plain toe.
     
  11. TheloniusDrunk

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    ^Seems versatile in terms of colors, but not formality/types/style.

    After thinking about it more and seeing some suggestions here's a modified 5:

    1. Black captoe oxford
    2. dark brown suede chukkas (or lighter colored, not sure)
    3. Tan double monk cap toes
    4. Color 8 wingtip boot (commando soles for inclement weather)
    5. Medium brown captoe oxford

    Thoughts?
     
  12. unbelragazzo

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    They have been killed by #menswear. I never really liked them personally, but at this point they also seem to be at the bandwagon stage of the trend.
     
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  13. GusW

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    On some days it seems that Tumblr would have 25% fewer menswear posts if you removed all the double monks :) But some of us have been wearing them for decades, even in black.

    I feel that dress boots have been emerging as the new #menswear trend footwear.
     
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  14. poorsod

    poorsod Well-Known Member

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    Double monks are very convenient for travel because you can wear them with jeans or a suit. I got mine back in 2006 before they got trendy.
     
  15. TheloniusDrunk

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    I almost want to change the medium brown captoes in my recent list to loafers, but I can't decide if that'd be too much casual and not enough ability to dress up.
     
  16. GusW

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    My feeling is that with an edited shoe wardrobe you need versatility. The Tan Monks and the Brown Cap toes are similar enough that one can cancel out the other. That gives you room to add a loafer. Ultimately it is what you like, what you wear and your work setting.

    Then there is the question,"Which loafer?" :)
     
  17. Scbrown

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    As a slightly atypical college student, I would keep these as my versatile rotation.

    If I edited my shoe wardrobe down these would be my final keepers. I cheated and kept six to included loafers. You can interchange as you feel necessary. Sorry for the poor pictures can't find my camera charger.


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    Black Cap Toe

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    Brown Cap Toe

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    Brown Suede Double Monk

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    Black Loafer

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    Burgundy Shell Longwing Brogue

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    Walnut/Tan Derby Boot

    I have a pair of overshoes to account for rain and poor weather.
     
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  18. Kingstonian

    Kingstonian Well-Known Member

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    Plain black Oxford

    Plain black wholecut

    Longwing brogue oxblood

    Dark brown chukka

    Boat shoe.

    No suede. No tan. Covers everything specified.
     
  19. Claghorn

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    They are comfortable, versatile, and easy to remove (so TD, if you do in fact come to Asia, I strongly recommend you get a pair [​IMG]). If it were possible to wear chelseas every day...
     
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  20. dunelly

    dunelly Well-Known Member

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    black captoe
    suede chukka - dark brown
    burgundy blucher brogue
    double monks - tan calf
    sneakers/boatshoe/loafer ?

    either chukka or monks must be one dark brown, one light brown?

    switch monks or chukka for boots if living in colder climate
     
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