Allen Edmonds Amok vs Loake Kempton, and the perfect casual office shoe?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by oso101, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. oso101

    oso101 Member

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    I work in a more-casual-than-business-casual nonprofit environment. Men in my office normally dark jeans or chinos with casual button-up shirts. Casual blazers are the exception, not the norm. Slacks and blazers appear for important meetings with funders or other outside individuals; ties are virtually unheard of.

    I'm looking for a versatile, everyday wear-to-work shoe for this environment that makes me look put-together and professional without looking out-of-place for my office, which would be the case for a formal dress shoe. Something that I could wear just as easily with dark jeans and a nice plaid shirt or with slacks and a blazer.

    So, I have two questions:

    1. I'm thinking that a dark brown suede chukka with a leather- or dainite-type sole could be a great versatile choice. Two good options right now seem to be the Allen Edmonds Amok, on sale for $169; or the Loake Kempton, which I could get for just above $200. Do these seem like good options, and if so, which of the two would you pick? Will the unlined Amok be too cold for the NYC winter? Does the Amok's butyl-soaked leather sole and reverse storm welt mean I could really wear this thing on a wet day?

    2. Are there any other shoes that would meet my needs well? Another idea I had was an Alden-type longwing, although that's a bit our of my price range given my nonprofit salary. I'd love any suggestions the group has. If it makes a difference, I'm 30 years old, 5'8", and 135 lbs.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Samovar McGee

    Samovar McGee Senior member

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    OP, I too was looking at the Amok. The Allen Edmonds website reveals some mixed reviews; the chief criticism being thin leather uppers. I haven't handled the boots myself, so I can't say for sure. While you could wear this boot on a wet day, a dainite sole would be best. So, while I think the Amok looks good, the Kempton would probably fit your bill a smidge better.

    How about a norwegian split toe blucher with a rugged sole? Longwings would work, too.
     
  3. Liquidus

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    I have tried wearing suede chukkas (I actually have the Kemptons) with wool trousers and I don't think they go well together. Suede Chukkas look too clunky in that combo to me. I don't have any experience with them, but maybe a suede oxford or a leather boot is what you're looking for.
     
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    For what it's worth, I was not impressed with the Amok in person. I have the Malvern in suede, which I like quite a lot, but the Amok just looks kind of cheap and floppy.
     

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