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(Another) What can I wear with these shoes?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by vista, Apr 16, 2005.

  1. vista

    vista Active Member

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    Hello, Inspired by Ambulance Chaser's thread, I was wondering what you'd recommend wearing with these shoes: http://www.allenedmonds.com/webapp....olor=CO Best I can come up with is taupe dress trousers and a white shirt. [​IMG]
     
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    Gray flannels and a blue blazer. Tan linen trousers and a blue blazer. Gray slacks and a tweed jacket.
     
  3. jcusey

    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Just about anything you want. It's a fantastic pattern. I probably wouldn't wear them with suits unless they were casual suits, but I would wear them with jackets and odd trousers or even with jeans.
     
  4. vista

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    Hey john and jc, Thanks much. Do you think they're a little more formal than casual? There's a more casual, but similar pair on sale at A-E now: http://www.allenedmonds.com/webapp....olor=CO I'm trying to find a casual look that I like. I'm not a designer t-shirt sort of guy, nor do I want to go with styles-of-the-moment like the striped shirt look, as per: http://www.thephatphree.com/feature....&Layout I don't want to look like 30 going on 15, either. Probably something in-between casual and formal casual, but that seems tough to get just right. I guess I'm starting at the bottom, with shoes. [​IMG]
     
  5. jcusey

    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The first pair has a reverse 360 degree welt and a rubber sole. That, plus the fact that it's a split-toe blucher in a mid-brown color, tend to make it a relatively casual shoe. The second shoe is more casual because it has a chunkier rubber sole, a padded collar, and appears to be made from a waxy calfskin. I like the first shoe a whole lot more. It has a better pattern, and it's much more versatile than the second shoe.
     
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    NoVaguy Senior member

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    Plenty of options. Cords, dress trousers, even denim. try brown cords with a plaid cream shirt. or khakis with a blue shirt. jeans with a polo style shirt. dress trouser, in some sort of houndstooth pattern, with a solid shirt. anything in earth tones, or flannel, or tweed should work well. It's a rather basic dress casual shoe. I have something similar from AE, although a little dressier (vibram half sole, instead of the VIP outsole, and different toe stitching, although the overall look is the same)
     
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    We actually sell the shoe, and men are wearing them with suits in the brown or olive styles in a bit more casual atmosphere, they are also ising the as a causl friday look, or with a sport coat...
     
  8. johnw86

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    I like the first pair better, because I think there's a little more flexibility (and casual elegance) there. However, if you're looking for something to wear with chinos or jeans, the second pair will work.
     
  9. vista

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    Thanks all, Yeah, the first pair wouldn't seem quite right with jeans for me. The second would. But I'm trying to get away from jeans anyway. [​IMG]
     
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    Probably the most comfortable AE's I have....they can even go with chinos, but I opt for nicer pants and cords first....I have them in cordovan (merlot) and would get another in black......
     
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    Funny you should ask. I happen to have my merlot pair of Ashtons on at this very moment. I also have them in chili. They are, as others have indicated, a very versatile shoe. At the moment, I am wearing them very casually with an open necked sports shirt and khakis. I would wear the Ashton with anything except a suit--sport coat and tie, sport coat and open-necked shirt and anything more casual. I agree that they are an extremely comfortable shoe.
     
  12. vista

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    "I happen to have my merlot pair of Ashtons on at this very moment."

    Do they still make those? Maybe they're just not listed on the website.
     
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    JLibourel Senior member

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    Nope. They haven't been catalogued for some time. I got them on closeout for $129 about a year ago.
     
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    I have searched for months and have only seen one or two pair of AEs on sale: could you provide some tips about where or when I might try to find them?

    I heard that Nordstroms has a bi-annual sale, but I was wondering how low these were discounted (I only see them at their regular, full price there)

    Thanks.
     
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    got them on closeout for $129 about a year ago.
    I have searched for months and have only seen one or two pair of AEs on sale: could you provide some tips about where or when I might try to find them? I heard that Nordstroms has a bi-annual sale, but I was wondering how low these were discounted (I only see them at their regular, full price there) Thanks.
    sometimes 33% off, sometimes 40%, occasionally half-price. i've seen park avenues for about $190, and i once bought the dellwood for $149.
     
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    got them on closeout for $129 about a year ago.
    I have searched for months and have only seen one or two pair of AEs on sale: could you provide some tips about where or when I might try to find them? I heard that Nordstroms has a bi-annual sale, but I was wondering how low these were discounted (I only see them at their regular, full price there) Thanks.
    Of the 3 pair of AEs that I have, none cost more than $100. Â Two were purchased off ebay and one was a Paul Frederick closeout. Â Here in NYC, there's also a varying selection of them at Century 21 for about 50% off. dan
     
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    At Nordstrom's Anniversary sale (I think it's in July?) most AE models are $199 ($285 regular price). It's not a steal, but you have a lot more choice than if you just pick at outlets/ebay.

    I don't share the aversion some people have to AE's shoes/American styling, but I'm not a fan of the Ashtons myself.
     
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    Es at discount prices:
    1) Nordstrom Rack usually has several nice pairs of Allen-Edmonds (saw the shoe you posted--in my size, both brown and black) just yesterday at a Dallas Nordstrom Rack; 2) the ebay seller allenedmonds is the corporate auction store for discontinued styles and closeouts; 3) Allen-Edmonds maintains some outlet stores, e.g. in Cabazon, CA.
     

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