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One Shoe Wardrobe: Why Not?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mafoofan, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. spectre

    spectre Well-Known Member

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    People who have looked at my wardrobe have said ironically, "why don't you get some brown shoes?" There are a few rows of brown shoes and they range from cap toe lace-ups to brown suede tassel loafers, but to the average person I just wear brown shoes. They don't really take much notice.
    I have a couple of the exact same suede shoes because I love them and didn't want to be left with a worn-out pair and then not been able to find them again.
    Same applies to the rest of my clothes - shirts are all blue (a few white) with small variations - pale, slightly darker, blue and white stripe etc. And suits are navy or grey. Ties are solids basically but in navy, burgundy, purple, dark green, brown. I'm sure I look pretty much the same every day to most people, although I have a couple of faint windowpane cashmere sportcoats in navy and brown.
    I don't really see it as a problem although I readily identify with OCD. I actually revel in it.
     
  2. mafoofan

    mafoofan Well-Known Member

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    I like the Alden longwing for sure, but there are so many great brands in a number of different styles available. Even if you stick with the Alden longwing, there are different colors available to change things up every now and then. Five pairs of the exact same shoe? No.
    Eh. I like color #8 the best, despite the rarity of Whiskey and Cigar. They tend to be too light or too dull. If I had a sufficient supply of pairs in #8, I'd consider some in brown suede and black cordovan or calf.
    I don't really see it as a problem although I readily identify with OCD. I actually revel in it.
    Kindred spirits.
     
  3. mafoofan

    mafoofan Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone know how many pairs I'd need to make sure they last a lifetime, assuming I rotate them and wear them almost exclusively? Would 7 pairs do the trick?
     
  4. Spats

    Spats Well-Known Member

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  5. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Well-Known Member

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  6. Morgan

    Morgan Well-Known Member

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    Leathersoul's new cordovan captoe from Alden on the plaza last is beautiful.
     
  7. Kuro

    Kuro Well-Known Member

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    Hmm. Well, I like the Plaza last. Shoes made on it fit me better than any other RTW shoe I've tried, particularly in blucher form. I think color #8 happens to match well with pretty much anything I'd wear (grey, charcoal, navy, brown, etc.). I love wingtips and I think the longwing-blucher combination is the most harmonious configuration for one.

    But most importantly, other shoes are either less interesting to me or too weird to be the One.


    Well everyone is entitled to like what they like, but 5 pairs of the exact same shoe sounds like sheer madness to me. I honestly have no idea what shoe you are referring to other than that it is from that store near BB as I never understood the whole Alden thing (but I have blue corthay shoes so who am I to judge). However, I certainly can relate to slight variations of the same thing (e.g. most of my dress shirts are some form of light blue).
     
  8. TRINI

    TRINI Well-Known Member

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    This sounds like a very Thom Browne thing to do.
     
  9. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Well-Known Member

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    Do it. It will look fantastic at the beach or poolside.


    - B
     
  10. Kuro

    Kuro Well-Known Member

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    I like the idea.

    This sounds like a very Thom Browne thing to do.

    Do it. It will look fantastic at the beach or poolside.


    - B

    I think you are just f'in with him to see if he does it.
     
  11. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Well-Known Member

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    I think you are just f'in with him to see if he does it.

    Without an offsetting shoe force in NYC to counteract aportnoy, Manhattan risks sliding off the edge of the Earth to the applause of Pacific hippies like iammatt and Manton.

    Portnoy is like a pre Cambrian shoe explosion, while Foof's concept gives him the chance to be the hardy, surviving shoe cockroach while all the other shoes have destroyed each other in an Armageddon of every-cheapening construction techniques.

    I would give an Alden longwing among the best chances of surviving nuclear blast.

    Corthay? Sayonara. EG? Incinerated at the first wave.

    Lobb? Don't make me laugh.


    - B
     
  12. Kuro

    Kuro Well-Known Member

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    aportnoy will have none of this mafoo(lishness)!
     
  13. grimslade

    grimslade Well-Known Member

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    I like the idea.

    Don't encourage him.
     
  14. AJL

    AJL Well-Known Member

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    This sounds like a very Thom Browne thing to do.

    Or Tom Wolfe?
     
  15. DrZRM

    DrZRM Well-Known Member

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    Get in touch with Alden of Carmel, they can't always meet your needs, but they are willing to get you on a list and usually can get it done, though whiskey could be a long wait.

    The more important question is: how does one make a custom Alden order? There's a bunch of whiskey shoes I want to buy.
     
  16. mafoofan

    mafoofan Well-Known Member

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    This sounds like a very Thom Browne thing to do.

    It is, I guess. I like the idea of having a uniform, so long as it's of my own creation.

    Do it. It will look fantastic at the beach or poolside.

    Well, I'll take them off before I jump in the water or walk in the sand.

    Without an offsetting shoe force in NYC to counteract aportnoy, Manhattan risks sliding off the edge of the Earth to the applause of Pacific hippies like iammatt and Manton.

    Portnoy is like a pre Cambrian shoe explosion, while Foof's concept gives him the chance to be the hardy, surviving shoe cockroach while all the other shoes have destroyed each other in an Armageddon of every-cheapening construction techniques.

    I would give an Alden longwing among the best chances of surviving nuclear blast.

    Corthay? Sayonara. EG? Incinerated at the first wave.

    Lobb? Don't make me laugh.


    Yes, I hear the oils in the cordovan will gradually rise to the surface and heal the abrasions caused by the initial blast. A good brushing will do encourage the process.
     
  17. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Well-Known Member

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    First comes the clothing simplication. Then comes the religion...

    [​IMG]


    - B
     
  18. zalb916

    zalb916 Well-Known Member

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    Is there a reason why I shouldn't just order four or five more of exactly the same shoe?

    There's something slightly arrogant about this idea. I think everyone here, even the best-dressed, admit that their tastes and styles change and evolve and improve. They come to realize that what they thought they knew a few years ago is far from what they want now. It's almost as if you have already determined that you have achieved your own personal style zenith. Perhaps you have, but it seems unlikely.
     
  19. robin

    robin Well-Known Member

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    First comes the clothing simplication. Then comes the religion...

    [​IMG]

    Don't give Kent Wang any ideas!
     
  20. Dewey

    Dewey Well-Known Member

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    I also think this sounds like a 3-season shoe. I can see wearing this shoe now and then in the summer, but not every day. If it was whiskey shell, I could wear it a few times a week but not every day because it's a heavy brogue.

    It's too much pleasure, dressing for the season, to have only one thing for all the year long. Blue shirts can come in different weights and textures and materials. Just one make of shoe is overdoing it. The simplicity idea is much better than the all-weather, all-season idea.
     

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