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Best with dress shoes - tapered or boot cut?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by jamesbond, May 12, 2006.

  1. jamesbond

    jamesbond Senior member

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    What do you think goes best "dressed up" a pair of tapered jeans or boot cut? I think they have to be slim fitting regardless of the bottom but was interested in others opinions.
     
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    Personally I prefer the look of dress shoes with jeans to be with tapered jeans.
     
  3. skalogre

    skalogre Senior member

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    Bootcut. Especially for more sleek shoes. Balances out nicely.
     
  4. Get Smart

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    dress shoes with half a break, straightleg or slight taper

    dress shoes with more break, bootcut
     
  5. Arethusa

    Arethusa Senior member

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    I prefer bootcut or straightleg, but taper can work. As Get Smart noted, shoe shape can generally point you in the right direction.
     
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    dress shoes with half a break, straightleg or slight taper

    dress shoes with more break, bootcut


    That's a great way to go about deciding. Do you think that loafers vs. laceups makes a difference too? I don't do the dress shoes and jeans combo much, but I'm inclined to think that loafers would look better with the vamp partially obscured by a bootcut.
     
  7. Brian SD

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    IMO, dress shoes with anything other than tapered is a wee bit tacky.
     
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    I prefer a slimmish straight leg works. Slight bootcuts in dark denim are fine, too, although the look - especially with loafers - has been appropriated by certain sorts of dressers.
     
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    Other factors to note are the degree of detail in the shoe and, most importantly, the size of your foot. Very generally, there is a classical proportion of shoe you may want to show. If you have a small foot and wear a boot cut, your shoe may disappear. Also, in the history of clothes, at times when the shoe shoes more, then more attention is paid to the detail and elaboration of the visible elements of the upper -- the stitching, brogueing, etc.
     
  10. Get Smart

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    I'm inclined to think that loafers would look better with the vamp partially obscured by a bootcut.


    I like wearing loafers w/jeans too and yer right about the vamp needing to be partially covered, bootcut or straight.
     
  11. DGP

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    IMO, dress shoes with anything other than tapered is a wee bit tacky.


    I think this depends on the deffinition of a dress shoe. If you are talking the lace-up oxfords one wears with their suits to a job interview, I agree. However, if one uses the term "dress shoe" more loosely, to refer to any leather shoe that isn't a sneaker, then I think it depends on the type of "dress shoe."
     
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    This is a good thread. I've been wondering if there could be some solid guidelines for this, since we sometimes recommend this idea but come up short on specifics.

    Does anyone have pics of good or bad dress-shoes-with-jeans looks?
     
  13. DGP

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    This is a good thread. I've been wondering if there could be some solid guidelines for this, since we sometimes recommend this idea but come up short on specifics.

    Does anyone have pics of good or bad dress-shoes-with-jeans looks?



    Personally, I like the look of a dress boot with a semi-slim to slim straight leg jean. I was looking at jeans on the Barneys website, and that's how they are showing a lot of them, and I think it stacks really nicely, sort of like Get Smart's Levis that he posted.
     
  14. jamesbond

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    Heres a few borrowed from the Satorialist...

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  15. Englandmj7

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    Dress shoes look absolutely ridiculous with boot cut jeans.....if you wear a nice slim/non-chunky pair of dress shoes you certainly don't want to completely cover them up to the toe with your denim....unless you wear super tight t-shirts, have gelled spiky hair, and are named Rico, in that case, the said fit would be perfect.
     
  16. Arethusa

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    Someone can't tell the difference between boot cuts and bell bottoms.
     
  17. skalogre

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    Someone can't tell the difference between boot cuts and bell bottoms.
    sounds that way
     
  18. btinl

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    Someone can't tell the difference between boot cuts and bell bottoms.

    lol
     
  19. Englandmj7

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    I know the difference.......anything above a 9" opening usually covers up a dress shoe far more than it should. Most bootcut jeans are bigger than that.....
     
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    I know the difference.......anything above a 9" opening usually covers up a dress shoe far more than it should. Most bootcut jeans are bigger than that.....
    That depends on your shoe size, but I think a 9" opening is pretty damn big. I don't follow jean dimensions, but you may be right on this.

    My Uniqlo selvage jeans are 9" across and I wouldn't wear them with dress shoes or chelsea boots. I wear my slimmer jeans with dressier shoes.
     

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