Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Slickman, May 23, 2012.
Keep it simple, no suede and preferably not patent as well.
Are calf plain toe oxfords with silk laces acceptable for black tie, or do they need to be patent at the very least?
They don't need to be patent. But I don't understand the hate of patent leather around here. I think if you are going to get a pair of shoes specifically for black tie use, they ought to be patent.
I hear you, but for whatever reason I feel like patent looks cheap especially once it creases. How do you even maintain patent? Rub with damp cloth?
If you only wear them for black tie, it's unlikely they will ever crease much--but then, your lifestyle might be a lot fancier than mine. As for maintenance, Saphir sells a liquid cleaner/polish specifically for patent leather. It's what I use. Seems to work quite well at getting out scuffs and scratches.
What do you think of these? Ignore the fugly socks
I like it with/without the pule socks.
Honestly, I'd stay away from opera pumps. Unless you're always impeccably dressed, opera pumps will look really bad, IMO IMO IMO. I just think in this day and ago opera pumps look too feminine for most people. Everyone will be asking why you're wearing women's shoes.
Brooks Brothers sells the entry level patent leather shoes, made by Church I think. I own a pair. They're fine although I'm not a fan of the last.
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I wear my formal shoes usually once a week, much more often than most people. The creases don't look that bad although they are noticeable.
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