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I haven't worn a black shoe in 6 months.

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mr. Moo, Jun 16, 2009.

  1. TC (Houston)

    TC (Houston) Well-Known Member

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    I wore mine today just for you Moo.
     
  2. Mr. Moo

    Mr. Moo Well-Known Member

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    I wore mine today just for you Moo.

    Supergreat.
     
  3. woolymammoth

    woolymammoth Well-Known Member

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    I'd like to be wearing these...

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  4. EdenResident

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    Woah epic laces on the second one!!!
     
  5. Uncle Jam's Army

    Uncle Jam's Army Well-Known Member

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    I am in the courtroom quite a bit and it is a cardinal sin to wear something that draws attention to you, and away from your unassailable logic in your argument. Black shoes are necessary tools of the trade.....though I am digging the brown shoes I've bought for those days I'm not in the courtroom.
     
  6. Mr. Moo

    Mr. Moo Well-Known Member

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    I am in the courtroom quite a bit and it is a cardinal sin to wear something that draws attention to you, and away from your unassailable logic in your argument. Black shoes are necessary tools of the trade.....though I am digging the brown shoes I've bought for those days I'm not in the courtroom.

    Wasn't Denny Crane undefeated?
     
  7. KObalto

    KObalto Well-Known Member

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    I am in the courtroom quite a bit and it is a cardinal sin to wear something that draws attention to you, and away from your unassailable logic in your argument. Black shoes are necessary tools of the trade.....though I am digging the brown shoes I've bought for those days I'm not in the courtroom.

    I'm in court almost daily and seldom wear black shoes. Guess I'm a cardinal sinner. Also, many of the more successful private practitioners dress quite flamboyantly. I'm in crim law, if that makes a difference.
     
  8. Uncle Jam's Army

    Uncle Jam's Army Well-Known Member

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    Yes, that does make a difference. I do IP and commercial litigation. You don't see any flamboyant dressers in those circles.
     
  9. porcelain monkey

    porcelain monkey Well-Known Member

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    About 1/3 of my dress shoes are black and I estimate I wear them about 1/4 of the time. Currently cordovan / oxblood pulls the most weight. I feel black goes best with lighter grey suits. Pre-SF I wore black much more (probably 3/4 of the time). Of casual shoes I have one pair of black Doc Martins that I have not worn in about a year, but I think I will pull them out in the fall.
     
  10. Neo1824

    Neo1824 Well-Known Member

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    My preferences have definitely changed over the last couple years but still like to wear black shoes on occasion...just not as much as varying shades of brown.
     
  11. arvidg

    arvidg Well-Known Member

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    I, like, totally get the iGent brown-shoes-only groupthink. Now, what should I get for wearing with white tie -- brown patent leather opera pumps or burgundy?
     
  12. TasselsHongKong

    TasselsHongKong Well-Known Member

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    I think the reason we're all on this forum is because we all agree that black is safe, while non-black is much more stylish. Brown and burgundy being the next step but now people are progressing to colors like twilight and midnight blue as well as olive and chameleon.
     
  13. GuidoWongolini

    GuidoWongolini Well-Known Member

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    Black shoes are the new brown shoes.
    - I say navy or dark blue is the new black.
    - I am still looking for a black pair
     
  14. factorial

    factorial Well-Known Member

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    I wear my office pants at night...
    For a travel wardrobe (i.e. what I wear) it's a lot easier to wear one pair of black shoes that will work with any shade of gray or blue and go unnoticed for a few days straight than it is to wear one pair of tan or brown shoes. As such, my black dress shoes get a lot more wear than do my brown shoes.

    That said, I enjoy brown for casual shoes (normally wear tan loafers or boat shoes), and I'd like to add a pair of RM Williams Comfort Craftsmen in Chestnut as I think they'll work for both business casual and casual.
     
  15. pkincy

    pkincy Well-Known Member

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    When I first traveled I also brought one pair of shoes with a matching belt because it did lighten the load.

    However the new 22 inch wheeled carryon's (I have a Hartmann) allow you to go back to brown if you like. I routinely pack the bottom of the case with 2 pair of good brown shoes with wooden shoe trees and put a week's worth of business and casual clothes on top of them. The top of the case has a casual pair of loafers or running shoes along with my casual clothes.

    One advantage of this is that in a week of work I wear one pair of shoes 3 days and one 2 days and the shoes last a ton longer given the time to relax themselves and completely dry out. While not downtown on appointments the loafers (or flip flops as my main travel is Honolulu) give the better shoes a bit more rest.

    Perry
     
  16. GusW

    GusW Well-Known Member

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    I have several pairs of very nice black shoes. The last time I wore them was May 2008.
     
  17. HKTenor

    HKTenor Well-Known Member

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    Well, to each his own.

    For me, I don't think I could ever do without some black shoes, as has been noted when you really want to project a CBD image they are essential. And they can be very elegant.

    Agreed that it would be boring to wear black bals every day. I would say that I now wear non-black shoes 50-75% of the time, though, which is probably up from 20% a few years ago. SF has definitely been a catalyst to this change, mostly just from my looking at all the lovely brown, burgundy, and other colored shoe porn. PG has a point about dark blue - I have been coveting a pair...
     
  18. phillyesq

    phillyesq Well-Known Member

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    I wear black shoes as well as brown. Especially for court appearances, I find that the black Park Avenue is a safe, conservative and classic look. Maybe not the most "stylish," but it is a good looking shoe that works well.
     

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