$5000 Shoe Budget - Suggestions Needed

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  1. andrewgreg

    andrewgreg Senior member

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    You're doing it backwards.
    Figure out what you need first.
    4 black shoes seems redundant.
    Walnut, Brown, Oxblood, etc.


    Second this. 4 pairs of black is too much, I would say 2 or 3 is good.
    Also consider a pair of brown Berluti .
     
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  3. dreamtripper

    dreamtripper Senior member

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    I think you might be right that 4 pairs of black might be redundant. I was thinking:

    - Classic black wingtip oxfords (maybe Alden cordovan)
    - Black wingtip bluchers (a little more clunky like Church's Grafton or C&J Pembroke)
    - A black split-toe
    - 4th pair ???

    What would you suggest if you were to get just 2?

    You're doing it backwards.
    Figure out what you need first.
    4 black shoes seems redundant.
    Walnut, Brown, Oxblood, etc.
     
  4. teddieriley

    teddieriley Senior member

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    ^^If I were you, I would make the black shoe a captoe and your dark brown a wingtip.
     
  5. Xiaogou

    Xiaogou Senior member

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    I think you might be right that 4 pairs of black might be redundant. I was thinking: - Classic black wingtip oxfords (maybe Alden cordovan) - Black wingtip bluchers (a little more clunky like Church's Grafton or C&J Pembroke) - A black split-toe - 4th pair ??? What would you suggest if you were to get just 2?
    I personally wouldn't get an oxford shoe in cordovan. An oxford is a more formal shoe. Cordovan tends to get folds and looks best with bluchers/derbies. Look at the G&G Rothschild on the DG70 last [​IMG] for a black oxford wingtip.[​IMG] For black bluchers, you can't go wrong with the C&J Pembroke or even the Clifford. I wouldn't get black cordovan. Get a shade of brown like whiskey, cigar or even color #8 (burgundy). Also, if I were you, I would put a decent amount of $$ into a black captoe.
     
  6. hst

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    I think you might be right that 4 pairs of black might be redundant. I was thinking:

    - Classic black wingtip oxfords (maybe Alden cordovan)
    - Black wingtip bluchers (a little more clunky like Church's Grafton or C&J Pembroke)
    - A black split-toe
    - 4th pair ???

    What would you suggest if you were to get just 2?


    I think starting off with 2 pairs of black seems about right. A black captoe is a must. Maybe a half-brogue.

    If you like a split toe, get it in mid or light brown (like chestnut or acorn).
     
  7. mr monty

    mr monty Senior member

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    25 pairs of Barker Black seconds in a variety of colors and styles.
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  8. fritzl

    fritzl Senior member

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    Assuming the OP is in the U.S., do you mean, if he buys a $1000 ticket to Europe + hotel accomodations
    exactly.
    so he can buy bespoke from your beloved austro-hungarian friends? In that case, fine, maybe he can get two pairs. We know how much pride you have in your region's bespoke shoes. We get it. But I agree that Vass and St. Crispins should be on the short list.
    you're welcome. thank you for recognizing. i wouldn't call them friends. i visited some workshops, talked to the people and used some of them. probably, you can call me the medwards of the austro-hungarian fraction. at least for styleforum. i know a few, who would fit better into this description, anyway i agree with the two on the shortlist. this alone buys you more than two. lurk more... btw, same goes for people, who praise the london companies. just saying... nothing wrong with either.
     
  9. ALFAMALE

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    silvano lattanzi, a few pairs
     
  10. Reevolving

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    dreamtripper,

    What I meant about backwards is that you've got $5000 to burn, but don't exactly know what you want. You just want "great" shoes, and are willing to pay. It also ensures you will overpay.

    More importantly, it shows your preference is not yet clear. Odds are, you're going to waste some money, b/c the tail is wagging the dog.

    The fact that you are so heavily slanted towards black tells me you are new to shoes. You have 12 posts on SF, so you will be seeing a lot more styles over the next few months that you like. You will probably buy shoes you don't wear in 6 months time.

    Also, the reflexive advice to just buy expensive random shit is bad. You might not like them. Google the suggestions, and see what you like. There are some cool new avenues to explore in shoes. Wingtips, various colors, boots, etc. You have $5000 and can build an kick ass shoe collection that will garner lots of compliments. However, you don't know what you're doing just yet. Not that this is rocket science. Take the time to read a bunch of shoe threads. Understand what's out there.

    Here is my advice. You have money burning a hole in your pocket. To quell that, buy a pair of shoes now. A nice pair. But, take your time on the rest. But, hold off on more until you know what you want. Otherwise, you will spend your $5000, and I guarantee that in 6-12 months time, you will be wanting a whole different set of shoes. If you've got another $3000, then it's no problem, except that you wasted time and money.

    You will also enjoy the process more this way, as opposed to just buying 6 pairs of shoes at once.
     
  11. kungapa

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    Here is my advice. You have money burning a hole in your pocket. To quell that, buy a pair of shoes now. A nice pair. But, take your time on the rest. But, hold off on more until you know what you want. Otherwise, you will spend your $5000, and I guarantee that in 6-12 months time, you will be wanting a whole different set of shoes. If you've got another $3000, then it's no problem, except that you wasted time and money.

    You will also enjoy the process more this way, as opposed to just buying 6 pairs of shoes at once.


    This.

    Though maybe buy two pairs - one black to satisfy that urge, and one brown/red nice wingtip - maybe a drummond or edgware?
     
  12. Jermyn

    Jermyn Senior member

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    Which are your favourite shoes from your current collection?

    Knowing the types of shoe that you like and wear the most will help people to know what to recommend.

    I second the idea of investing into a decent black captoe.

    It is good having people recommend various specific chelseas, derbies, split-toes etc. but what I think you should really be looking to do is to 'upgrade' styles which you already know, wear and understand how to pair effectively.


    Personally I think the following represents a decent selection of styles, but you may not need or want all of these:

    black chelsea boot
    black cap toe oxford

    brown/burgundy wholecut
    brown/burgundy derby/blucher
    brown/burgundy wingtip
    brown/burgundy chukka

    If I had to buy a new shoe collection I would look through B&S, various sales etc. and find how to get the most bang for my buck in the styles I like. I'd also try different makers and see which lasts i liked (and most importantly, fit me) the best.
     
  13. bleachboy

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    Has anybody mentioned a loafer yet? Alden Leisure Handsewn in #8 shell is the only loafer you'll ever need. It works in summer too, without socks.
     
  14. SkinnyGoomba

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    This is a tough one, but if I had to redo my shoe wardrobe:

    I like my black C&J benchgrade Belgrave: $800 w/trees

    RL Darlton Tassels: $800 + $125 trees = $925

    RL Stanton, since those are all gone I'd buy an EG equivalent for $1200

    EG Chukka boots: $1200.

    That is $4125 for the bulk of it, than I would hunt down a pair of suede tassels, they're my go-to for the summer.
     
  15. Jermyn

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    Has anybody mentioned a loafer yet? Alden Leisure Handsewn in #8 shell is the only loafer you'll ever need. It works in summer too, without socks.

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    How could I forget a loafer.

    I have yet to purchase one in shell. I'm torn because a lot of people seem to be of the opinion that it works far better on derbies. I should just pull the trigger on one or the other so I can see what I make of shell.
     

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