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Advice on formal but hip brown shoes for wedding

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by skwp, Oct 23, 2012.

Which should I get?

  1. Langley

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  2. Braun

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  3. Radford

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  4. Thursom

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  5. Get something from AE instead

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  1. skwp

    skwp Member

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    Hey guys. Getting married in January. I got a dark charcoal suit being made for me in Chicago. Now looking at a few shoes...looking for something that is formal, but I want them a bit hip and playful. I am thinking dark brown to get away from the standard black. I was advised by an allen edmonds guy to look at kenilworth or park ave in dark brown, which is a possibility, but I still feel they're a bit traditional

    What about these choices from H by Hudson...any comments? Maybe they're not formal enough? My favorite is langley which is first.

    http://www.hudsonshoes.com/langley-brown.html
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    http://www.hudsonshoes.com/braun-brown.html
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    http://www.hudsonshoes.com/radford-brown.html
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    http://www.hudsonshoes.com/thursom-brown.html
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  2. aravenel

    aravenel Senior member

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    For your wedding, that is an excellent thing. You're going to be looking at those photos for a long, long time.

    A well shined pair of Park Avenues is the canonical answer here. IMO, you should be wearing black shoes to your wedding, but if you really want brown, make sure to stick with something very dark.
     
  3. Needsmoreshoes

    Needsmoreshoes Senior member

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    Don't buy from Hudson - all those styles are objectively horrible I'm afraid, and the quality will likely be incredible poor. Get some AEs if you can, they'll shine up well and last you long enough to more than justify the extra money you spent on them.
     
  4. upr_crust

    upr_crust Senior member

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    The Hudsons look quite cheap and nasty. If you're going for that particular price point, order something from Bexley, a French chain of shoe stores with a web site. I own one pair of Bexleys, and while they are not the best shoes I own, they have decent styling and construction, and a European aesthetic (rather than and Anglo-American one). I own the shoes in the link below in black, but they also come in chocolate, which might suit your tastes.

    http://www.bexley.com/Bexley/shoe-Paul-RICHPRD-EN.htm?blocReferrer=13762

    As an alternative, perhaps this would do as well:

    http://www.bexley.com/Bexley/shoe-flavio-RICHPRD-EN.htm?blocReferrer=15545&oASPPopupPromo=X
     
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  5. Jester87

    Jester87 Well-Known Member

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    Congrats on your wedding! I'm getting married next August in Chicago, and I'm going with my AE's.
     
  6. NORE

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    Dude, if you're getting married you need to go all out on your shoes, especially since you've chosen brown. There is no other alternative except to buy these Edward Green Midfords in dark oak:

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    Here is my pair:
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    Wow, I just realized I gave the same advice on another wedding/brown shoes thread:

     
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  10. Fred G. Unn

    Fred G. Unn Senior member

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    Since it's a wedding, you really need to be looking at balmorals instead of blutchers. Dark brown is already not as formal as black, so if you end up with brown blutcher it will make everything quite informal. There are those who would say it is incorrect to wear a blutcher with a suit anyway, let alone at a wedding.

    What's your shoe budget? Unless you give one, the recommendations will be all over the map price-wise.
     
  11. mcbrown

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    Please define "hip and playful" and provide a bit of color on how in your mind that does not contradict "formal" (or perhaps more properly, "conservative", as "formal" is a defined term in the context of MC).

    I see nothing more "hip" or "playful" about the shoes you posted compared to their equivalent models from Allen Edmonds, all of which will be better in terms of both aesthetics and quality.

    And for what it's worth, there is nothing especially "hip" or "playful" about wearing brown shoes. So you might as well go with black.
     
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    I second (or third?) this. Oxblood is a great color. AE makes some shoes in "merlot" that is a really nice dark burgundy and would go will with charcoal.

    One suggestion: http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF6208_1_40000000001_-1
     
  15. Ich_Dien

    Ich_Dien Senior member

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    Please wear black shoes.
     
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    x2. This is the correct answer.
     
  19. aravenel

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    I already said my peace, but x3. Definitely the right answer.
     
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