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6 eylets vs 5

Stu

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I saw a nice pair of Ferragamo cap-toed dress shoes the other day with 6 eyelets instead of 5. I didn't think anything about it, but when I started looking at other shoes, I noticed they almost always have 5 eyelets instead of 6. Is 6 more fashion-forward, or is it a standard as well?
 

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Hem, how about 3 eyelets? I just got a pair of Church's with such design.
 

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i think fewer eyelets make a shoe more dressy.

ferragamo may have added the sixth eyelet just to be different.

thinking about it, adding another eyelet to the larger sizes, say 12 and above, might aid in keeping the same look proprtionally to the smaller shoes.

i'm sure someone on this board will know.
 

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I noticed they almost always have 5 eyelets instead of 6. Is 6 more fashion-forward, or is it a standard as well?
Six eyelets is relatively uncommon. I wouldn't call this blucher from Alden fashion-forward:
Or this one from Allen-Edmonds:
It's just that most shoes don't have a long enough vamp to accomodate six eyelets without destroying the aesthetics of the shoe.
 

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Florsheim even used to do a seven-eyelet-bal.

I believe six-eyelets are quite American and were at their most popular in the 1940s and 50s. Revising it is a bit retro. You either like it, or you don't.
 

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