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Jimmy R

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I hope people are up for another version of "What would you choose and why?"
(I wish there was a way to put a poll in an existing thread)

If you could only have 2 Allen Edmonds dress shoes that needed to cover all of your dress-up wardrobe occasions (tux, suit, sport coat and tie for work, weddings, funerals, etc.) what would they be?

The first shoe is a given: black Park Avenue

What is your second shoe, in what color, and why that one?:
  • Park Avenue, Fifth Avenue, Strand
  • Cigar, Coffee, Dark Chili, Mahogany, Oxblood, Walnut

Personally, I am very torn. Limited to 2 shoes Walnut is out immediately because it is the least versatile color IMHO. I really like Oxblood but think it may be more limited than Chili or Mahogany or even Coffee so its a pass as well. I like the Strand but it is too casual if I can only have 2 dress shoes. Maybe a Fifth Avenue when I am only wearing a sport coat (or when I am not wearing a navy or gray suit). My choices would be:

Safe choice:
  • Park Avenue - black
  • Park Avenue - coffee
Not as safe choice:
  • Park Avenue - black
  • Fifth Avenue - dark chili
Fun choice
  • Park Avenue - black
  • Strand - Cigar
Hmmm, I never wear a tuxedo, and the only time I ever wear a suit is for weddings or funerals, and a navy suit can work for either of those, so I would avoid the black Park Ave, although I have owned a couple.

Honestly, I would choose my dark oxblood Fifth Aves, but I feel like I could get away with my brown Williamsburgs

My second shoe would be a boot, and it would be either Williamsburgs or Hamiltons. I'm really enjoying both at the moment.

For the record, I think a nice dark oxblood is the most versatile shoe color you can own.
 

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Williamsburg came in. The Walnut carries a different overall vibe/feel than the Coffee ones I tried on in store. I think these will be best once beat up some. They’re too clean right now!

In other news, Amazon supposedly getting 2nd’s strikes again. Don’t know what it’s called, LOL, but basically the little holes where the flap connects on one seems like they were off and redone. It’s very slight. I didn’t even notice until looking close. Concerning?

these were less than 1/2 price so if it doesn’t affect the structure I plan to keep them

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Can you see the holes when laced and tightened? If not, I would chalk that up as a solid win!
 

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Serious question for those of you with shoes in both the 65 and 201 last do you change your size for them? If so which way do you go from your current 65 size?
I only own 1 shoe on the 201 last and 3 on the 65, but I wear the same size in both (13D)
 

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By the way, speaking of black shoes, I would much prefer to have a black macneil than a black pa. FAR more useful of a shoe in my humble opinion. Y'all inspired me to pull out my pair today.

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I wear my Macneil 2.0's as a business casual shoe when I wear black/grey clothing. Works well. I don't think I could wear something with so much brogueing while in a suit.
 

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That's hot. The silver laces are a bit silly, but who cares?!? Is this another Jewish festive (or other, sorry for my ignorance) model? I know there was a previous shoe that was black/blue as I recall as an alternative festive shoe to the red/green.
...I think I'd rather have these than my navy shell Strands...
I love these so much. I love the silver laces, love the solid blue, love the contrast stitching. As soon as I saw these I died.
 

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I love these so much. I love the silver laces, love the solid blue, love the contrast stitching. As soon as I saw these I died.
Along the same vein as the CLX navy Strandmoks from years past.
The boots are even better...

Gotta say, since you took over the Grassroots Web Executive position (or whatever your title is), they've been knocking out some killer stuff. I'm going to put all the blame (or credit) on you.
 

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I love these so much. I love the silver laces, love the solid blue, love the contrast stitching. As soon as I saw these I died.
Hey, hope you are feeling better Ashley!
What is the leather on the new blue Hamiltons? Looks like a grain? or tumbled?
Great color and I like the v-tread soles!
 

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I hope people are up for another version of "What would you choose and why?"
(I wish there was a way to put a poll in an existing thread)

If you could only have 2 Allen Edmonds dress shoes that needed to cover all of your dress-up wardrobe occasions (tux, suit, sport coat and tie for work, weddings, funerals, etc.) what would they be?

The first shoe is a given: black Park Avenue

What is your second shoe, in what color, and why that one?:
  • Park Avenue, Fifth Avenue, Strand
  • Cigar, Coffee, Dark Chili, Mahogany, Oxblood, Walnut

Personally, I am very torn. Limited to 2 shoes Walnut is out immediately because it is the least versatile color IMHO. I really like Oxblood but think it may be more limited than Chili or Mahogany or even Coffee so its a pass as well. I like the Strand but it is too casual if I can only have 2 dress shoes. Maybe a Fifth Avenue when I am only wearing a sport coat (or when I am not wearing a navy or gray suit). My choices would be:

Safe choice:
  • Park Avenue - black
  • Park Avenue - coffee
Not as safe choice:
  • Park Avenue - black
  • Fifth Avenue - dark chili
Fun choice
  • Park Avenue - black
  • Strand - Cigar
Childs play. Mahogany 5th ave and burgundy Cambridge.
 
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