Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.
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Black shoes are really the only thing color shoes that work with black pants.
Also, stop wearing black pants. Get some mid-gray ones. Those will look good with your dark brown shoes.
I wonder about this myself, I only wear black color shoes these days, however I wonder. I would like to hear other member's opinions on the matter.
The most cursory of skimmings over the last 21k+ posts in this thread (along with any other thread that appears in a search for the phrase "black shoes") would strongly suggest that nearly all on this forum see them as a distant third behind some shade of brown and some shade of burgundy.
you can wear dark brown, merlot, burgundy shoes with black pants. match your belt with your shoes and keep your tops neutral or add a little brownish shade to your tie, pocket square, or shirt.
but to be classically correct, no you don't wear brown shoes with black pants.
+1 I, just as an example, own 3 pair of black shoes and 23 pair of dress shoes and boots in other colors. I have 1 pair of black slacks and 0 black suits.
We can debate whether wearing dark brown shoes with charcoal slacks is appropriate, even if it is not classically correct, but there is no debate regarding wearing brown shoes with black slacks. It's at the level of a faux pas. I also have a tough time imagining burgundy/merlot shoes with black slacks. I'll echo one of the posters above: if you are buying brown and burgundy shoes, buy some medium gray, tan and navy slacks to wear them with as well.
P.S. you can get two pairs of slacks for $160 at Brooks Brothers tomorrow. You're welcome.
Yes, those are Goodyear-welted.
What is your regular care regimen? I know you said that the clean boot has been treated with Renovateur, so is that what you always use? The brogue holes on the treated boot appear to have quite a bit of white residue in them. If the brogue holes stay white well after the boots have been treated, dried, and buffed, then I'd say you have applied way too much product to them. Was that picture taken immediately after treatment before they had any chance to dry?
The boot with the white film all over it appears to be spewing oils and fats which may be rising to the surface of the leather when they get wet, and is being left on the leather surface when the water evaporates. You may be using way too much oil/conditioner on them.
I haven't used any home stretchers but I'm in the same situation as you except my left foot is less almost a half-size larger than my right. Without spending the extra $$$ on MTO I sometimes struggle with a loose right or a tight left. I went with the snugger left this time in my walnut McAllister and after about 12-14 wearings I took it to my local AE store and he put the left one on the stretcher for a few days and it made a big difference. Some have said it makes the shoe look awkward but it looks okay to me. Granted the stitching on these out of the box wasn't perfect either so I'm a little less keen to try it on my merlot pair that were pretty much perfect out of the box. I may give these home stretchers a look so that I don't have to leave my new pairs at the shop for a days each time.
Last night cut the grass for the first time this year so we have turned the corner to what the good folks up here say is the piss poor sledding time of the year. Another rainy day so calf again today. With linen and tassles. AE made Brooks 7.
If you want to wear this combination and look bad, go ahead, but stop giving bad advice to other forum members.
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