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Advice on work shoes?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by WiseMenOfGotham, May 1, 2013.

  1. WiseMenOfGotham

    WiseMenOfGotham Well-Known Member

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    These are my current work shoes:

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    Top Row L-R:

    - John Lobb Vintage 2004 Black Calf 8000 Last
    - Carmina Punched Toe Brown Calf Simpson Last
    - Carmina Captoe Brown Suede Simpson Last

    Bottom Row L-R:

    - Korean Black Tassel Loafer
    - John Lobb Chapel Museum Brown Calf 8000 Last
    - Carmina Brown Suede Loafer Simpson Last

    I like to have a "formal" and "casual" shoe for each color, hence the current rotation. The Carmina Simpson last fits great, but I'm looking to have some more variety for the remainder of my shoes. Regarding my work environment, I am a physician.

    Regarding the black tassel loafers, I'm thinking of replacing them with a black loafer (Carmina, Simpson last in Black calf?) or another monk (JL William or Chapel, 8000 last in black?). Any other suggestions?

    Regarding burgundy, I'm split between the Edward Green Inverness in Antique Burgundy on the 888 last, G&G Cambridge/Grant/Sinatra in Vintage Rioja on the DG70 last and the John Lobb Philip II on the 7000 last in Plum Museum calf. Any other suggestions for an oxford? Regarding a more casual burgundy shoe, I'm not sure what to be looking for.

    Finally, what else do you recommend for a balanced shoe rotation? Something in a lighter brown leather and in suede is an idea, but I'm open to any and all recommendations. I believe that 10-12 pairs in total should be enough. Thank you for your time.
     
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  2. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Nice collection. Black loafers don't make much sense to me. Why not get a loafer in shell in that cordovany color as your casual burgundy shoe instead?
     
  3. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    How about a split toe or brogue shitkicker? Something with a dainite or double leather.

    Also agreed that those black tassels are pretty useless. I only have one pair of black shoes. The rest are shades of brown/tan/bugundy
     
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  4. WiseMenOfGotham

    WiseMenOfGotham Well-Known Member

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    I really like Color 8 cordovan but find most Alden shoes to be very bulky. One idea that I'm considering is to buy the Mafanfoo longwing (Alden longwing on the Plaza last). I don't like Alden loafers because I find that the vamp is too short. In addition to the 6 pairs of shoes mentioned above and ignoring a replacement black casual shoe, what else should I be looking for? If you could include the names of various shoes to look into, that would be greatly appreciated. I'm looking for an dressy oxford and casual shoe in burgundy, chestnut brown and a lighter brown suede. Thank you for your time.
     
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  5. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    Vass, C&J or Dinkelacker?
     
  6. msulinski

    msulinski Senior member

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    I'm a fan of the C&J Westbourne in chestnut, though they may be slightly below the caliber of shoe you are used to.
     
  7. WiseMenOfGotham

    WiseMenOfGotham Well-Known Member

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    Found these in the classifieds from member Notch, I wonder if I can have them made in cordovan by Vass on the same U-last? Beautiful shoes in oxblood but unfortunately too small.
     
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  8. JubeiSpiegel

    JubeiSpiegel Senior member

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    My personal shoe grail lineup, it looks like you are not constrained budget wise:

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    JL Phillip & City, EG Dover & Galway, GG St. James, Sinatra, Wigmore & Arran. Good combination of browns, reds, and black. Should covers your casual, business, and formal situations. I would guess some suede, loafers & monks would be next on my list.

    But, some burgundy & chestnut would compliment what you have nicely...
     
  9. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    All of your shoes right now are very sleek and in my opinion, some heavier/chunkier shoes would help rounding out your wardrobe for the heavier winter fabrics. So anything that combines rough leather such as Cordovan, grained calf, suede, or rough exotics like Ostrich, elephant, buffalo, etc. And with construction such as Stormwelt, Norwegian welted, Norvegese sewn, etc. Alden LWB in Cordovan is always a good choice

    Nice list. But I think you have two City II in the picture, instead a Philip II and a City II.
     
  10. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Yes. Message him and he will proxy it for you at a very very reasonable cost.
     
  11. WiseMenOfGotham

    WiseMenOfGotham Well-Known Member

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    Would these Mafoofan Alden LWB work for this purpose?

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  12. WiseMenOfGotham

    WiseMenOfGotham Well-Known Member

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    Also regarding chestnut, does this combination work?

    EDIT

    Oshinex's G&G Rothschilds in DG70 Vintage Chestnut for Casual:

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    Newcomer's G&G Grants for Formal:

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    Or these from the G&G blog:

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  13. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I don't think of whole cuts as being casual. If anything wingtips would be more casual.
     
  14. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Not to pry, but why the fixation on two of each color? Some colors are just more suited to casual and others more to formal. I think you'd be better off deviating from that rule.
     
  15. WiseMenOfGotham

    WiseMenOfGotham Well-Known Member

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    I won't say it's a fixation, it just makes it easier to quickly coordinate what to wear, being that I can wear either the dressier or casual shoe with a similar color combination. However, I am open to all suggestions.
     
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  16. LeatherFoot

    LeatherFoot Senior member

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    A Carmina is great for an everyday work shoe. ​
     
  17. VinnyMac

    VinnyMac Senior member

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    If you like compliments, then burgundy/merlot wingtips for the win. That's a nice collection. Those double monks... [​IMG]
     
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  18. WiseMenOfGotham

    WiseMenOfGotham Well-Known Member

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    Like these?

    Edward Greem Inverness, 888 last (picture from skoaktiebolaget):

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  19. nickrut

    nickrut Senior member

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    I'd get a pair of GG Astaire in burgundy. You don't have a wingtip.
     
  20. SuitedDx

    SuitedDx Senior member

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    Got these, they are great.
     

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