A return to black shoes for 2013

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  1. vida

    vida Senior member

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    In my quest for simplicity I am reconsidering black shoes. Currently I have 6 pairs of brown in various shades, chocolate whole cuts being my favorite. While I think brown is warm and elegant, I appreciate the the "modern" and "minimal" aesthetic black offers. I also like the continuity between shoe and my dark suits. Thoughts?
     


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    There is nothing wrong with black shoes. I'm surprised to find someone without, even on this forum. Get some, be happy.
     


  3. JubeiSpiegel

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    I had only black "shoes" when i joined SF. I have progressed to having no black shoes at the moment. There are times that i recognize that black shoes are needed in certain instances. Now, i am on the quest for a pair of black shoes again.

    Only question is, do I stay at a moderate cost, because i won't use them much? Or do i go expensive, because the times i will use them, they will present a certain level of professionalism and elegance? I still haven't decided, but i am seriously considering a black whole cut oxford...
     
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  4. onix

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    I only have 1 pair of black shoes. Worn a handful of times last year. I have nothing against black shoes. I just look better with non-black shoes.
     


  5. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    The occasion that calls for black shoes are the times that you need to look your best. Go all out IMO.
     


  6. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    There are different shades/hues of black and the color is classic with good leather maintenance.
     


  7. vida

    vida Senior member

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    Different hues? I have an idea of what you are saying but would like to see an example (pic).
     


  8. JubeiSpiegel

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    I'm thinking he is talking about shade values, not so much hues (which would pertain more to colors). Maybe different tanning processes result in darker leathers?
     
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  9. Holdfast

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    I like black shoes a fair bit more than the average SF poster but would caution that black shoes are not necessarily "modern", "minimal" or "simple". There are plenty of more intricately-styled black shoes out there, and the shoe last matters a lot too. I would therefore be very reluctant to simply elide black shoes as a group with a "minimal" look.

    However, it is fair to say if that a black shoe will look more formal than a non-black version of the same last & style.

    Within that narrower framework, I do think black shoes are a much nicer-looking option than brown ones for most city looks. For example, I'm not really much of a fan of burgundy or brown shoes with flat worsted business suits. Somewhat countrified looks (regardless of where actually worn) are significantly more pleasant as a gestalt with brown or burgundy shoes though, so there is an element of horses for courses here.

    If you're going for a very formal/business-oriented wardrobe, I think there's a strong case for only needing black shoes. If you like wearing tailored clothing outside of a work setting (or wear more casual tailored clothing for work), then it makes sense to have a proportion of other colours. Again, style/last also play a strong part in determining how the colour of the shoe plays with the overall look IMO.
     


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    I have only one pair of black shoes, calf double monks. I'd like another, perhaps a pair of EG captoes on the 888 last.
     


  11. JayJay

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    I wear black shoes more than any other color, mostly for work and other business-related or semi-formal occasions. For social occasions I wear only brown or burgundy shoes and the occasional navy.
     


  12. vida

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    I like the 888 EG last too. I am also a fan of the G&G Sinatra (TG73 last).
     


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    Kuro Senior member

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    agree 100%
     


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    888 is great. Can't wait to try the TG73 once my Wigmores arrive.
     


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