Are you a shoe-man or a suit-man

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by culverwood, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. bowtielover

    bowtielover Senior member

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    I wuld say tie since I haev more of them then anything else but also a suit man since I soend at least half my time in one on a daily basis.
     


  2. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

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    If I had to rate relative importance in putting together an ensemble, it would go as follows:

    1. Suit or jacket

    2. Shoes (It amazes me how many otherwise reasonably put together men ruin everything with crappy or ill maintained shoes)

    3. Tie and square (Almost in a dead heat with shoes)

    4. Odd trousers (Rather bore me.)

    5. Shirt (If I am wearing coat and tie, I hardly ever remove my jacket. The shirt is more like an undergarment to me.
     


  3. glenjay

    glenjay Senior member

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    I believe that shoes can be a work of art. There are over 40 different basic styles of shoes, not to count different last shapes and mixing styles (like a cap toe, or wholecut, Adelaide).

    I also can't remember the last time I sat down and relaxed while I put a spit shine on a suit for an hour.
     


  4. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff grrrrrrrr!!

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    i used to be all into shoes and the intricacies and the art of wearing ornate and highly fashionable decadent shoes but my tastes have long been changed.

    i still deem shoes an important and integral part of one's wardrobe ,but for me it is not about buying the latest and greatest Edward greens or lobbs or what have you but more so just a pair that is nice enough to complement your current attire. nicely polished, clean, fitted, and works well with your suit or dress. it can be any item like a gucci bit loafer, a suede blucher or a sleek burgundy captoe.

    i do see me being a 'suit' man over a shoe man, but im not into suits per se, as i dont have a necessity to wear a suit almost none in a whole year, but i would say i am a man who loves the look of anything that flatters one silhouette to a slim , tall proportionate look.

    so that does entail a suit, if i had to wear one (more so a jacket and odd pants) or jeans and a casual top as these types of items are the ones that influence your tailored or slimmed look. shoes dont make that kind of a difference on you. just keep them well kept and clean i say.
     


  5. amplifiedheat

    amplifiedheat Senior member

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    I don't get the shoe obsession, either. Sure, they're important, but they fit off the rack. There's no challenge there.
     


  6. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    The more one thinks about it, the tougher the question becomes.
    All elements are equally important and together will create the final effect we seek.
    I gave my vote on the poll to shoes. If I look at this question based on necessity over desire, then I have to make it a 50-50 tie between a nice crispy collared shirt with a nice roll on the collar, and a nice well-maintained pair of shoes. Both of these items, to my eyes, signify cleanliness and elegance, dressed up or down.
     


  7. Svenn

    Svenn Senior member

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    I don't get the shoe obsession, either. Sure, they're important, but they fit off the rack. There's no challenge there.
    I agree. No offense to anyone here, but the shoe fascination seems a bit womanly to me [​IMG]
     


  8. Xiaogou

    Xiaogou Senior member

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    Shuman. Shoes are like wheels on a car. They can transform the rest of what you're wearing dramatically.

    This is a good analogy and the exact reason that I am a suit person. If the suit represents the car and the shoe represents the wheel-- I would rather have a stock E Class Benz than a Chevy with some rims.

    It is difficult to have high quality m2m suits or bespoke without having the footwear to match. IMO, you just cannot have one without the other. This might sound weird, but I prefer to buy shoes to go with a suit. I know I am the minority in doing this.
     


  9. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff grrrrrrrr!!

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    This is a good analogy and the exact reason that I am a suit person. If the suit represents the car and the shoe represents the wheel-- I would rather have a stock E Class Benz than a Chevy with some rims.

    It is difficult to have high quality m2m suits or bespoke without having the footwear to match. IMO, you just cannot have one without the other. This might sound weird, but I prefer to buy shoes to go with a suit. I know I am the minority in doing this.


    im with you.
     


  10. Xiaogou

    Xiaogou Senior member

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    I've never understood all this interest in shoes[​IMG] ... it's the last thing people would notice and the most inconspicuous part of the suit ensemble. To me, the critical part of an outfit is the shirt collar/tie knot area, that area has to be perfect... the jacket and trousers can have fitting flaws without much notice.

    Men have very few choices for accessories compared to women. High quality shoes, belt, wallet and watch are a must for a man.
     


  11. george88

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    I don't get the shoe obsession, either. Sure, they're important, but they fit off the rack. There's no challenge there.

    Fit off the rack....
    may be, but i let my pic speak for me.


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    i wear sport coats and jeans all the time, so i guess its easy for me to say - i like watches and shoes - forget the suits! [nt}
     


  12. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff grrrrrrrr!!

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    [​IMG]


    what is that pair of socks on top by the way? where do you get one? i love it.
     


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    I don't get the shoe obsession, either. Sure, they're important, but they fit off the rack. There's no challenge there.
    I am not sure why OTR and fit would have anything to do with enjoying shoes, including either more or less than the other pursuits listed. You mention there is no challenge there due to them fitting OTR. I think you enjoy challenges, where as some people might admire shoes (or whatever else) merely for their inherit aesthetics, etc.
     


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    shoe for me, i think it divides in to leather or wool in my mind, so leather wallets and belts also before suit
     


  15. culverwood

    culverwood Senior member

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    The more one thinks about it, the tougher the question becomes.
    All elements are equally important and together will create the final effect we seek.
    I gave my vote on the poll to shoes. If I look at this question based on necessity over desire, then I have to make it a 50-50 tie between a nice crispy collared shirt with a nice roll on the collar, and a nice well-maintained pair of shoes. Both of these items, to my eyes, signify cleanliness and elegance, dressed up or down.


    From the first post the question is not a logical one or what goes to make a good look but purely one of instinctive choice. When I have in mind a beautiful woman long legs and large breasts do no do it for me but give me a curvy figure over a tall thin model every day. Likewise in clothing although one can see the necessity of every item of clothing I value and care for my shoes to a far greater extent than the rest.
     


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