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All right, I need advice from folks with culture and taste. Until I locate some, y’all will have to do. 😎 (rimshot)

I’ve received some lambs wool flannel trousers in what O’Connell’s calls “brick.” They are a bit darker and richer than the photo below suggests. They would be worn with either odd jacket & tie or just a sweater. Either way, I’m stumped as to the best color shoe to go with (you’d have thought I would have worked that out before buying, right?).

Black would seem to be obvious but I have an adversion to black shoes when not with a suit. So, all my black shoes are oxford cap toes; I have nothing in black less formal than that.

So my choices would seem to be (i) buy a less formal black shoe I wouldn’t wear much or (ii) make use of a different color. No, I don’t have any green or blue shoes apart from a blue suede chukka. Well, I take that back, I have a greenish brown chukka that C&J calls “ earth” or something.

Thoughts?
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I have a pair of pants that art close to that color. I confidently wear....

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Brown
Walnut
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Bourbon

with them.


I would probably avoid oxblood, lighter burgundy, and chili.
 

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All right, I need advice from folks with culture and taste. Until I locate some, y’all will have to do. 😎 (rimshot)

I’ve received some lambs wool flannel trousers in what O’Connell’s calls “brick.” They are a bit darker and richer than the photo below suggests. They would be worn with either odd jacket & tie or just a sweater. Either way, I’m stumped as to the best color shoe to go with (you’d have thought I would have worked that out before buying, right?).

Black would seem to be obvious but I have an adversion to black shoes when not with a suit. So, all my black shoes are oxford cap toes; I have nothing in black less formal than that.

So my choices would seem to be (i) buy a less formal black shoe I wouldn’t wear much or (ii) make use of a different color. No, I don’t have any green or blue shoes apart from a blue suede chukka. Well, I take that back, I have a greenish brown chukka that C&J calls “ earth” or something.

Thoughts?
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I like brown shoes, the colour you are wearing would look nice. Perhaps a brown shoe with lighter or natural welt.
 

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To quote the @donkeyhoatie, Charleston helped me fill my chili hole. These are the chili weatherproof, not the shell.

Long version: I looked at an Alden plain toe boot in tan (more like tomato soup color) for months and months, but didn't really want to spend $625 on another pair of boots. I also wanted something I could more easily use in rain. I wanted something more reddish and eventually realized the chili Higgins might fit what I was looking for. The burgundy Higgins looks good too, but I just preferred something more red. These are more like dark chili and I like that they are more understated. You can see they do look quite different than my brown cxl Higgins. When I found out that factory seconds were discounted pretty steep, I decided to take the chance. I feel like this color has been overlooked a bit. The only flaws I can find is that some of the finish looks uneven and possibly some mild tiger stripping going on. I think they look great, and they fit great too. Will have to swap the laces for something smaller. I just don't like the thickness of AE laces sometimes. Thanks to @audog, I still have some extra laces. :)

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To quote the @donkeyhoatie, Charleston helped me fill my chili hole. These are the chili weatherproof, not the shell.

Long version: I looked at an Alden plain toe boot in tan (more like tomato soup color) for months and months, but didn't really want to spend $625 on another pair of boots. I also wanted something I could more easily use in rain. I wanted something more reddish and eventually realized the chili Higgins might fit what I was looking for. The burgundy Higgins looks good too, but I just preferred something more red. These are more like dark chili and I like that they are more understated. You can see they do look quite different than my brown cxl Higgins. When I found out that factory seconds were discounted pretty steep, I decided to take the chance. I feel like this color has been overlooked a bit. The only flaws I can find is that some of the finish looks uneven and possibly some mild tiger stripping going on. I think they look great, and they fit great too. Will have to swap the laces for something smaller. I just don't like the thickness of AE laces sometimes. Thanks to @audog, I still have some extra laces. :)

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Charleston has always been great about filling peoples' chili holes. In fact, it might be what they do best. I'd like to see them put that as a special skill on a LinkedIn profile at some point.

Those HMs look awesome in chili. At some point, I'm sure a pair will find their way to my closet.

I'm with you and agree that the HM needs a different lace than the standard version, which is a bit too thicc for my tastes. I've really been digging the Guarded Goods tan rawhide laces on my OG brown CXL HMs. And, I use their whiskey round boot laces on my burgundy shell pair. Very different looks, but both feel appropriate. Would recommend both wholeheartedly.
 

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To quote the @donkeyhoatie, Charleston helped me fill my chili hole. These are the chili weatherproof, not the shell.

Long version: I looked at an Alden plain toe boot in tan (more like tomato soup color) for months and months, but didn't really want to spend $625 on another pair of boots. I also wanted something I could more easily use in rain. I wanted something more reddish and eventually realized the chili Higgins might fit what I was looking for. The burgundy Higgins looks good too, but I just preferred something more red. These are more like dark chili and I like that they are more understated. You can see they do look quite different than my brown cxl Higgins. When I found out that factory seconds were discounted pretty steep, I decided to take the chance. I feel like this color has been overlooked a bit. The only flaws I can find is that some of the finish looks uneven and possibly some mild tiger stripping going on. I think they look great, and they fit great too. Will have to swap the laces for something smaller. I just don't like the thickness of AE laces sometimes. Thanks to @audog, I still have some extra laces. :)

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Those look great. HM is a good boot.
 

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Ooooooooo...don't go mentioning to Count to have a welt lighter than the uppers...
You are in my head.

Correct; welts should be neither seen nor heard, quietly doing their job without being noticed, invisible while in plain view, like a good waiter.😎


I like brown shoes, the colour you are wearing would look nice. Perhaps a brown shoe with lighter or natural welt.
That’s a darker brown I just happened to be wearing when the package arrived.


I have a pair of pants that art close to that color. ...

I would probably avoid oxblood, lighter burgundy, and chili.
Yeah, I think all my dark red/wine/burg shell is likely a no go. Too close.
 

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To quote the @donkeyhoatie, Charleston helped me fill my chili hole. These are the chili weatherproof, not the shell.

Long version: I looked at an Alden plain toe boot in tan (more like tomato soup color) for months and months, but didn't really want to spend $625 on another pair of boots. I also wanted something I could more easily use in rain. I wanted something more reddish and eventually realized the chili Higgins might fit what I was looking for. The burgundy Higgins looks good too, but I just preferred something more red. These are more like dark chili and I like that they are more understated. You can see they do look quite different than my brown cxl Higgins. When I found out that factory seconds were discounted pretty steep, I decided to take the chance. I feel like this color has been overlooked a bit. The only flaws I can find is that some of the finish looks uneven and possibly some mild tiger stripping going on. I think they look great, and they fit great too. Will have to swap the laces for something smaller. I just don't like the thickness of AE laces sometimes. Thanks to @audog, I still have some extra laces. :)

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Love it! That is a nice pick of the litter!
I love everything about the Higgins Mill. I enjoy the Landon, but it's funny how different the last wears (for my foot).
 

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Charleston has always been great about filling peoples' chili holes. In fact, it might be what they do best. I'd like to see them put that as a special skill on a LinkedIn profile at some point.

Those HMs look awesome in chili. At some point, I'm sure a pair will find their way to my closet.

I'm with you and agree that the HM needs a different lace than the standard version, which is a bit too thicc for my tastes. I've really been digging the Guarded Goods tan rawhide laces on my OG brown CXL HMs. And, I use their whiskey round boot laces on my burgundy shell pair. Very different looks, but both feel appropriate. Would recommend both wholeheartedly.
All this talk about chili holes is making me feel something...strange.
 

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Can anyone identify these? I think I have looked at almost every catalog available.

The insoles of this pair has “The Hand Crafted World of Allen Edmonds.” These are most likely from the mid 1980s. They look like the Strand — but without a medallion on the toe.
 
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