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Just Starting Out: First Five Pairs of Shoes?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by bdbuchan, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. bdbuchan

    bdbuchan Member

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    So here's where I am (more specifically):
    - AE park/fifth ave (I like the punch cap better personally and don't think it will matter given how few truly conservative scenarios I am in)
    - Alden Men's NST Tie Shell Cordovan Aberdeen Last (#8)
    - Monk Strap
    - Possibly a merlot Oxford of some sort (probably a wingtip)

    This has been really helpful- by no means does it need to stop because I'm enjoying the comments, but I think I have what I need to begin. Thanks!
     
  2. gamma1234

    gamma1234 Well-Known Member

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    My first five(which is my entire shoe collection at the moment):

    Black Park Ave AE
    Merlot McAllister AE
    Walnut Strand AE
    Brown Fifth Ave AE
    Merlot Park Ave AE

    Boring, for SF standards, but I'm happy with the collection so far.

    p.s. lawyer here, so i need more formal shoes.
     
  3. brescd01

    brescd01 Well-Known Member

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    This is a non-specific list, so I can imagine a lawyer might be dissatisfied, but these are models I own and I think every one who loves shoes should own:

    1) Edward Green Newbury (wholecut)
    2) Tricker's derby full-brogue (under several names depending on leather, I prefer the Ilkley)
    3) John Lobb William
    4) Edward Green Dover
    5) Alfred Sargent Caldbeck

    Note I am not so enthusiastic about every pair of shoes I own and so ythis just isn't a "I own t and you should too list". I just can't imagine anyone's not thinking each of these shoes isn't perfect, for their intended uses of course, all things considered. For example, the Tricker's is going to look lousy with a suit. I would not use the Dover for "hunting". Lots of makers make the AS Caldbeck type shoe (including EG) but the AS is the most durable and is fantastically cheap given its quality.
     
  4. archetypal_yuppie

    archetypal_yuppie Well-Known Member

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    I couldn't be happier with my selections. Covered all the bases expediently.

    C&J Audley - Black
    C&J Weymouth - Dark Brown something or other
    EG Claverton - Dark Oak Antique
    G&G Hayes - Vintage Rioja
    EG Russell - Burgundy Antique (favorite, color and shine is unbelievable)
    EG Picadilly - Burnt Pine or Edwardian or something
    EG Kingsway - Chestnut Antique
    EG Kingsway (no tassels) - Black
    next will be EG Warwick - Mink Suede
     
  5. NORE

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  6. Rompecorazones

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    What color do you think works best with anything (navy, grey, even brights) from those 4 (left half)? Do you gravitate towards one in particular?
     
  7. archetypal_yuppie

    archetypal_yuppie Well-Known Member

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    Black works with everything. Start there. Dark brown is next most conservative. Lighter colors, loafers, open lacing, and different materials are more casual.
     
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    thought i would ask here too, How are these for first pair of dress shoe? Not casual enough? Too dressy? Grenson dress shoe
     
  10. Smartys

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    You must own a pair of Rachel Comey!!
    Derringer is one of the most versatile design I've bought so far.

    I can wear jeans or wool smart pants, it works!
    Also, don't buy too much tan/orange leather (I have the Grenson brogue in my head right now), it's kind of hard to fit with something else.
     
  11. mkarim

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    im over the whole chukka thing

    I'm just starting to get into it... :)
     
  12. Patek14

    Patek14 Well-Known Member

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    Here's what I'd do

    1. Black captoe oxford
    2. Burgundy captoe oxford
    3. Walnut wingtip oxford
    4. Brown derbie (split or cap toe)
    5*. Brown or burgundy monkstrap
    5*. Brown loafer (penny or bit if you want to be a bit flash)

    Flame away w/ my choices haha. The 5* means I'd go w/ monks because I hate loafers. Normal people would never put a monkstrap in thier top-5 but definetly have a loafer because everyone loves loafers.

    #2 might be a little redundant with #1 but I think burgundy is very versatile and #1 and #2 could literially cover 100% of office shoe needs forever. 3-5 would be nicer casual mix-ups.
     
  13. Rompecorazones

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    thought i would ask here too,
    How are these for first pair of dress shoe? Not casual enough? Too dressy?
    Grenson dress shoe


    I personally thought they were too boxy when I saw them on gilt.com. If you want them, there's a weird way to navigate through the site to find them (not listed) but they might have them.
     
  14. Rompecorazones

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    FYI - After reading this thread, I decided to stop by Nordstrom's to try on the AE Strand to know what size I was. My location is currently have an anniversary preview sale for cardmembers and some AE shoes such as the Strand and Park Avenue are $199! Since I have a friend who works at Nordstrom's, I did not bother asking the sales associate about dates. What is the best price on AE Strand online?
     
  15. NORE

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    What color do you think works best with anything (navy, grey, even brights) from those 4 (left half)? Do you gravitate towards one in particular?

    They all do, really. But I do find myself reaching for the Carminas (on top) more often when dressed. When casual I go to the 2 suede pair (both need a resole).
     
  16. rootskier

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    My location is currently have an anniversary preview sale for cardmembers and some AE shoes such as the Strand and Park Avenue are $199! Since I have a friend who works at Nordstrom's, I did not bother asking the sales associate about dates. What is the best price on AE Strand online?

    It would be exceedingly rare to ever find those models for less than $199 online, ever.
     
  17. Rompecorazones

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    They all do, really. But I do find myself reaching for the Carminas (on top) more often when dressed. When casual I go to the 2 suede pair (both need a resole).

    Total newbie... is the Carmina the dark captoe next to the suede shoe?
     
  18. Rompecorazones

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    It would be exceedingly rare to ever find those models for less than $199 online, ever.

    Seems about right... even used pairs on eBay are selling for more than that. Thanks!
     
  19. layercake

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    A bit different selection here...

    This is what I have
    -Y-3 Honja High
    -Fiorentini + Baker zip-up boots
    -Asolo GTX hiking boots- where I live there are days where the snow is so bad that you just need something like this

    This is what I would want:
    -Prada driving mocs/loafers
    -Some dressy lace-up wing tips

    I guess I do more the casual stuff.
     
  20. Threadbearer

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    What are the dark brown shoes at twelve-o-clock and at nine-o-clock? (And closeups if ya got 'em, please.)
     

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