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The Quintessential Dress Shoe: Black Cap Toe Oxford

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by wurger, Sep 15, 2013.

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  1. dddrees

    dddrees Well-Known Member

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    Sharp!!


    I'm getting the EG Chelseas in Doak on the 82 for now as I have a pair of cap toes from another brand in black already. However strongly considering coming back later and going for another in black later.
     
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  2. wurger

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    Thanks. My black pair was ready to be replaced, but so many good options on here. Bespoke England has some nice G&G black captoes on sale as well...I felt the wurger urge to just buy them all!
     
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  4. dddrees

    dddrees Well-Known Member

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    Yeah @wurger is a bad influence. LOL

    In truth this thread was a fabulous idea and extremely valuable tool for the SF community. When he first started it I was a bit puzzled as to why someone would have so many black oxfords. I've since bought so many boots and shoes that I have a much better idea why. It's not that much different than what I'm doing as well. I mean who in their right mind would buy as many boots or shoes that I have purchased? Well it's simple, I find a use for it and I enjoy what I'm doing.


    Although I don't find a desire to buy as many as he has, I do have an urge to possibly upgrade from what I have already. In the meantime I can at least refer to this thread and feel confident in the decision if I chose to do so later.


    Hats off to you @wurger .
     
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  5. cezinho

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    For me, no doubt, the best option.
     
  6. wurger

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    dddrees, a lot of us have the same sickness, it's just what one loves is different. :)
     
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    dddrees, as someone with the same illness as you, I think you should just buy it now while it's still cheap at SKOAB. You'll save yourself money and time stressing over the shoe. I wore my 82 chelseas 3 times this week (mainly to test for fit) and I think I'm about to order my second pair of black shoes... Although I wish I had shouldavilles shoe shine skills. Mine just don't look as nice lol. Need to get better at it.
     
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    In this case I do have a black cap toe already so this would be just an upgrade. I've decided to wait. I didn't have a brown cap toe however, so I decided to proceed with that before the prices went up.

    In regards to shining you probably just need some practice. Being ex-military I had plenty of practice, and it sure didn't hurt when I was just starting that there were others there with some experience. I don't need to do it that often anymore but when I do it's just like riding a bike. It's almost second nature, all I need is a little wax, a little water, and I use some cotton diapers. It could be cotton anything, but new cotton diapers are cheaper than T-Shirts and they work just fine. Wax on, Wax off. LOL
     
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    Thanks Ironist, but my skills are nowhere near some of the "professionals" on here. I think I hit those a little the night before, and the morning sun certainly helped.
     
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    I use cotton balls instead of diapers, especially when I'm trying to create a mirror toe; I find it produces the shine in half the time and effort.
     
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    Cotton balls were always a pain in the butt for me. Maybe cause I have big fat fingers or something, but they where always so much more messier than cotton diapers.
     
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    Maybe somebody can help here - just received my new pair of AS Armfields in black. They are possibly one of the nicest plain captoes I have ever seen from any RTW brand.

    Anyways my question is about the sizing of the 109 last. I am in between a brannock US 11 D/C width, with what I consider a lower then normal instep.

    So, now that I've tried in these Armfields, it feels as if they are about 3mm longer then the AS 724 last, also with what I consider a pretty generous instep. I can close the lacing (obviously lacing my shoes tightly as possible) all of the way through, with just a slight 1/4" gap at the very top. There is a slight bit of heel slippage too. I know some say the slipping subsides after the soles are broken in.

    I'm worried that after 1 or 2 wears the footbed will break in and the instep will be way too roomy causing these shoes to be unwearable.

    Am I just being paranoid? I can't imagine I'd have to size all the way down to a 9UK from a US 11.
     
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    I'm loving this thread. A black oxford will probably be my next purchase and this thread will be quite helpful. Thanks wurger and to all that have contributed.
     
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    After reading through this, I am quite interested in the AS line. I love, love those balmorals (real ones, haha) you posted.
     
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    Don't know if it's been posted, but the Loake Rothschild shoes are pretty good looking. Nice chiseled toe.
     
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    Definitely an excellent value! Close to C&J HG at a better price point. If not for EG and G&G lasts fitting well, I'd be extremely happy with AS. AFPoS is a good source for them.
     
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    AFPOS seems to have everything online except for that balmoral, the Wilson. I'll have to shoot them an email.
     
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    Wilson is not a stock model, only limited runs.
     
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    Of course. That's only because I like it. Story of my life.
     

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