Advice on shoes to add to collection

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  1. Papa Doble

    Papa Doble Senior member

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    I'm seeking advice on the next couple pairs of shoes I should add to my collection below. My workplace is truly casual (some even wear shorts in the summer), so I am at the upper end of formality if I wear chinos and a dress shirt, which is what I usually wear (or jeans). I do wear suits and sport coats occasionally outside of work, though I think for now I am covered for wear with suits. Obviously, big gaps in my collection are bluchers and loafers, and brown and burgundy calf or cordovan. I recently acquired and still haven't worn the Neumoks and Amoks, which I realize are perhaps not as essential at the moment. However, they were both good deals and fit well. Anyway, the styles I am considering are penny loafers, plain toe bluchers, longwing bluchers, and split toe bluchers, but please advise.

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    • AE Neumok in snuff suede: Haven't worn these yet, but I really like them and they are very comfortable. I was initially worried that they were too close to the Strands, but I think they are sufficiently different.
    • AE Strand in walnut calf: Don't have the guts yet to wear to work, which is a shame, because they are my favorite pair and fit perfectly. Have been great for wear with light colored suits and chinos.
    • AE Park Avenue in black calf: Have served me well for my wedding and a bunch of interviews.


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    • AE Amok in chocolate suede: Would've preferred a dainite sole, but they were cheap ($99) and look good in my opinion. Haven't worn yet.
    • Chippewa Katahdin: Have been great winter boots.
    • Sperry Top-Sider: Wear these on the weekends, and yes, even to work.

    I also have a really crappy pair of boots I wear in the snow, and a pair of tassel loafers that I am going to get rid of soon, so I didn't bother including them.
     
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  2. Fred G. Unn

    Fred G. Unn Senior member

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    E Delray in brown might be a good option since you don't have a dark brown calf blucher.
    http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF1208_1_40000000001_-1
    or maybe the Kenilworth:
    http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF8005_1_40000000001_-1

    Do you wear loafers often? If you do, maybe consider a pair, but honestly my loafers mostly just sit in the closet. The Delray and Kenilworth would be very functional, attractive shoes that won't draw too much attention to themselves (since you're afraid to wear your Strands). I have a pair of Delrays and I wear them often. BTW, AE is having a Memorial Day sale starting today on all factory 2nd and closeout shoes. Just email the AE Shoebank and ask what they have in your size.
    Fred
     


  3. Papa Doble

    Papa Doble Senior member

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    Thanks for the input. I prefer lace ups, and don't wear loafers often, but I have recently been drawn to Alden's cordovan LHS. Not sure I want to spend that much though. I do like the Delray and Kenilworth, and maybe also the Bradley and Leeds for a split toe and plain toe blucher. I think I might start regularly wearing the Strands, but I agree that it would be nice to have some shoes that are less showy/brogued. I emailed the shoe bank, so I'll see what they have.
     
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  4. Champagnelifestylenomoney

    Champagnelifestylenomoney Senior member

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    I'd look at including a black calf brogue (standard or longwing either oxford or derby) in your collection for daytime work wear and maybe a chelsea boot if that is your thing. Good basic selection in place already though as far as I can see,
     


  5. Papa Doble

    Papa Doble Senior member

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    I think for now I'm going to stick with one black shoe, at least until I have a couple more in brown and burgundy. I like the idea of chelsea boots, but I'm not sure that they're my thing.
     
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  6. yls2012

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    It sounds like your job doesn't require highly formal dress. If it were more formal, I would get a brown semi-brogue with closed lacing.

    To tone down the formality, maybe a similar shoe but with open lacing? Good opportunity to try a different brand, too.
     


  7. Papa Doble

    Papa Doble Senior member

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    Right, I think another balmoral/closed lacing shoe isn't the way to go at this point. A brogued blucher/open lacing shoe could be a good choice. I'm not a big fan of captoe bluchers, but a short or longwing is up my alley.
     


  8. aglass

    aglass Well-Known Member

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    I actually have a similar job as well as a similar collection (Black Fifth Aves, Suede Players, Walnut Players). I think, as mentioned above, that a dark brown or chili could serve you well next. Maybe a pair of dark brown cliftons?
     


  9. Papa Doble

    Papa Doble Senior member

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    Captoe bluchers aren't a favorite style of mine, but Cliftons are certainly good looking -- I'll consider them. I think I'll stick with dark brown or burgundy as opposed to chili, at least for the next pair. Thanks for the input.
     
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  10. Snedley

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    Since you seem to like AE I'd recommend these-

    http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF1607_1_40000000001_-1


    and this for a laceup

    http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF8005_1_40000000001_-1

    They can both be worn for work or leisure and are both very comfortable. I notice that you have a boat shoe there and always reccomend that you buy the best shoe available in this style so you have the right support.
     


  11. msulinski

    msulinski Senior member

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    The burgundy shell cordovan Leeds is a nice shoe, and is a plain-toe blucher.
     


  12. Snedley

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    It's also a double soled heavier shoe. [​IMG]
     


  13. justinkapur

    justinkapur Senior member

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    My advice to you and me is loafers. I need to add a pair of loafers to my rotation. They are casual enough and can be dressed up with trousers
     


  14. Papa Doble

    Papa Doble Senior member

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    I agree that at least one pair of loafers are in order.
     
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  15. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Your shoe wardrobe is fairly complete in both varieties and colors.

    I would add:

    U-tip (EG Dover, GG Hoove, etc)
    Double Monk (JL William, etc)
    Chelsea (RM Weilliams)

    in that order.

    Austerity brogue or quarter brogue shoes are probably too formal for your casual environment.
     


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