5 days of work, 5 pairs of working shoes

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  1. markfjh

    markfjh Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys,

    So I'm in my early 20s and looking to build my shoe rotation for work wear. I will be working in an office environment so dressy shoes are the way to go.

    Here is what I have down on my list so far... any suggestions for the remaining few slots?

    1. Classic Black Cap Toe Oxford

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    2. Meermin Plum Museum Calf Oxford

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    3. Carmina Dark Brown Austerity Brogue

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    4. ???

    5. ???
     


  2. diadem

    diadem Senior member

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    For CBD, maybe a plain toe oxford like the AE Carlyle or a wholecut.
     


  3. archetypal_yuppie

    archetypal_yuppie Senior member

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    Stick with 1 or 2 black cap toes, one black loafer, and one dark brown loafer. Always best to be conserative & serious, particularly when young. You don't want people noticing your shoes, or superiors being envious of them.

    Loafers cause it's nice when it's hot in the summer.
     
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  4. JezeC

    JezeC Senior member

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    Do you have to wear a suit everyday?

    Assuming that you dont. This is what I would go for.

    1) Black captoe
    2) Dark brown punched captoe
    3) Merlot/burgundy/oxblood short wingtips
    4) Walnut brogue captoe or brown austerity
    5) Any suede shoes

    calf or shell.
     


  5. jssdc

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    I personally dislike loafers so I can't second that, but the principle of keeping it conservative to start out with is good. Why not a second pair of black oxfords (maybe a punch cap to go with the stitch cap)? If you're office is really conservative then you may find yourself reaching for black oxfords multiple days in a row, and having more than one pair allows you to do this while still rotating.
     


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    1. The classic black cap toe oxford is a no-brainer

    2. I would add another black oxford such that you can rotate also in "formal weeks" when black shoes are necessary. The best would probably be a black plain toe oxfords without any broguing because if you polish them up they can also serve as shoes with a dinner suit.

    3. Dark or medium brown wingtips ... as an alternative you can go with the Carmina Dark Brown Austerity Brogue

    4. Dark or medium brown half or quarter brogue oxfords

    5. Something out of brown suede ... either a derby or a loafer
     


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    There are lots of entirely valid ways to approach a 5-day rotation and I think the choices you have made to this point are all solid. I am in suits 4-5 days a week and frequently (but not always) partake in the casual Friday option. I consider the following to be the core of my suit rotation:


    1. Vass [​IMG] 2. Anthony Cleverley [​IMG] 3. Carmina [​IMG] 4. Vass [​IMG] 5. Vass [​IMG] And for casual Fridays: 6. St. Crispin's: [​IMG]
     


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    RogerP - loving the oxblood AC's and DM's!!!
     


  9. markfjh

    markfjh Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for all the wonderful inputs guys!

    I think that I will be looking out for:

    1. Oxblood whatever shoe (forgot about this)
    2. Black punched cap toe Oxford
    3. Dark brown wing tips

    P.s RogerP, absolutely lovely collection you've got going on there
     


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    There are multiple factors to be factored in when building a shoe wardrobe:
    A. How it matches your clothes wardrobe? A good quality suit will cost more than a good quality pair of shoes, so it will take the lead!
    B. what is your office environment? Very conservative Anglo-Saxon will be very different from rather conservative European, industries tend to have their own internal standards, plus there are your very specific conditions - mainly do not overdress your boss;
    C. Climate - believe me, an English made pair of Goodyear welted shoes can be a torture instrument on very hot climate, so put that into account;
    D. How much time will you spend in the actual job? There is no reason to invest in a very conservative shoe wardrobe if you do not need it in two years;
    E. Your job does involve travel? Then you have to take that into account - a pair of shoes worn 3 days in a row can be quite unpleasant, not to say smelly!
    So - my 0.02 euro - make a 2 to1 proportion of black vs. non black shoes if you are in a conservative environment, and 3 to 1 laced vs. non laced, as a building block. Inverse the proportion if you are in a more creative workplace. And do not buy on impulse!
     


  12. chogall

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    If you work at SG, get black or very dark brown shoes only. And rubber/Danite sole for the rain.

    Black cap toe or plain toe blucher is a very good option in addition to cap toe oxford.
     


  13. markfjh

    markfjh Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I will be working in the Singapore CBD as a lawyer. Mostly in office I guess, so not too worried about rubber/Danite soles for the rain because the CBD is all connected underground.
     


  14. chogall

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    5 pairs of black shoes just to be safe. Don't need to igent it up like a retail clothes salesman.

    Black cap toe, black punch cap, black blucher, black wingtip oxford, and maybe black whole cut or Chelsea boots.
     


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    The Vass's are all F lasts I presume? Great shoes! Have never been so excited for a black captoe before. hehe
     


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