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Count de Monet

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What's hilarious to me is you are the first person with a list so far that actually covers the normal color spectrum of dress shoe needs. I have yet to see someone else mention black and brown in the same list.
Well, I never posted in Manton’s thread but it caused me to think about it as an interesting academic exercise. And I think developing such a list is a practical guide to help purchasing decisions. Even if you have 30 shoes, do you have a collection that covers the spectrum of formality? The seasons? Rain? Is there a variety of color and leathers just to keep things interesting? Seems like you need to cover those bases, THEN be as duplicative as you like, if you like.
 
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What's hilarious to me is you are the first person with a list so far that actually covers the normal color spectrum of dress shoe needs. I have yet to see someone else mention black and brown in the same list.
Carbon, my friend, is a brownish grey. I'd count that on mine! But I do really prefer black and oxblood rather than black and brown.

Brown can be good, though! I have some nice brown pairs, but I wouldn't prioritize them. Also, my snowboots (excluded from the list) are brown.
 

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I have thought about my list of 7 that I could be happy with the rest of my life.
  1. Snuff suede HM.
  2. Snuff suede Strand.
  3. Chocolate suede BB MacNeil.
  4. Chocolate suede Plymouth.
  5. Rudolph.
  6. Woollymok.
  7. Burnished Olive Strand weave.
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I’m always considering the minimalist lineup. Limited to 7, I’d chose the following:

1. Black cap toe oxford
2. *Burgundy quarter brogue oxford
3. Burgundy plain toe blucher
4. *Brown long wing blucher
5. *Burgundy tassel loafer
6. Brown penny loafer
7. Brown plain toe boot

I think that covers most of the formality hierarchy including seasonality and geography. I starred the selections I would omit if forced to go down to only a 4 shoe wardrobe.
 

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The 7:
Black MacNeil.
Black Testoni Croco Derby.
Navy Strand.
Olive Strand.
Walnut Boulevard.
Tan Strandmok.
Chocolate Suede Martigani Chukka.

To be clear:
#1. My all-time favorite shoe "in the whole damn world" is the Chippewa boot.
#2. Asics running sneaker.
 

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When I wear my Dalton’s I keep getting persistent comments about how I finally bought footwear not made in the USA. Depending on the place of birth, I am getting made in Mexico or made in Italy.
 

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Shoelikeclockwork strikes again. Not my size. If you are a 10D making an offer of 75% would most likely get you in this fine boot.
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I would rather see a list of seven shoes for spring/ summer and seven shoes for fall/winter.
It wouldn’t change a thing for me.
 

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Nice boot, too much. That’s shell cordovan pricing.
Natty CXL, Alden, and their Shell pricing is around $840. Their regular casual leathers are around $590. At 25% off you are right at regular pricing. The one thing I like about this eBay store is that he does not get insulted by 50% offers. He will get back to you and after some exchanges you can find out what his bottom line is.
 
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Natty CXL, Alden, and their Shell pricing is around $840. Their regular casual leathers are around $590. At 25% off you are right at regular pricing. The one thing I like about this eBay store is that he does not get insulted by 50% offers. He will get back to you and after some exchanges you can find out what his bottom line is.
I think folks are taking the natty CXL situation way too seriously. It’s not that it’s going away, some of the buyers were getting too many customer complaints about the variances in the hides and decided to not order as much. This came from Skip, while were standing next to stacks of the stuff. As I was scratching it with my fingernails and rubbing it out. Phrasing, boom! Lol!
 

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I would rather see a list of seven shoes for spring/ summer and seven shoes for fall/winter.
I get it, but that sort of defeats the purpose of the exercise. Limiting to 7 total should help inform what are the most important, well loved, and multi-purposed shoes we own (or would like to own).
 

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