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Black Pebblegrain - Oxymoron? (Alden & Peal)

Newlaw

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I'm thinking about picking up a more casual black shoe with a pebble grain texture. I'm a little worried that I will like the shoes "in theory," but then struggle with occasions to wear them. Seem too casual for a suit, but maybe would work well jeans... though I rarely wear black shoes with jeans. Do you guys own any black pebble grain shoes? If so, what do you wear them with and on what occasions? http://www.aldenshop.com/DrawOneShoe.asp?CategoryID=61 http://www.brooksbrothers.com/IWCatP...=&sectionsize=
 

patrickBOOTH

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I have a pair of black sctoch grain wingtip boots on order from Ron Rider. They are really high with a buckle and commando sole. They are for poor weather with suits. I wanted something functional, sporty, but also elegant as well. I feel that the stamping of the leather to make it a scotch grain, or pebble grain seals it off a bit and it is a bit more durable against moisture.
 

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I have a pair of Brooks Brother/Alfred Sargent chukkas in black pebble-grain with a dainite sole. When the weather is bad (I have 12 inches of snow to shovel right and it's being topped with freezing rain as I type this), I wear it with suits & sportcoats - although I think they look best with sportcoats. If you live in a part of the country with bad weather, it's almost impossible to conform to all the "rules". The BB shoe you linked to is a nice shoe and would probably be a nicer shoe than almost anyone else around you is wearing. I wouldn't wear them with my most formal suits, but they would work with a tweed, flannel, or any heavier suiting fabric.
 

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