Can a man live without plaintoe black bals for formal suit appearances?

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  1. josepidal

    josepidal Senior member

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    When I bought black oxfords, I chose EG cap toes with broguing over plain toes, not really giving weight to how plain toes are the more formal choice (and black shoes are formal shoes).

    I noticed that the Purple Label looks all feature the Grant monkstrap, which has broguing. While I understand these are somewhat fashion forward, might my current shoes serve me well enough such that I'll never need to buy another pair of black cap toes unless I need another just for rotation purposes? (I'm a lawyer.)
     
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    When I bought black oxfords, I chose EG cap toes with broguing over plain toes, not really giving weight to how plain toes are the more formal choice (and black shoes are formal shoes).

    I noticed that the Purple Label looks all feature the Grant monkstrap, which has broguing. While I understand these are somewhat fashion forward, might my current shoes serve me well enough such that I'll never need to buy another pair of black cap toes unless I need another just for rotation purposes? (I'm a lawyer.)



    Yes of course you can live without a pair of plain toe Oxfords. You can wear opera pumps.

    If you choose to disregard these two options, fear not once again - for everyone else will be wearing all sorts of bizarre shoewear and you will fit right in with them wearing shoes with broguing on them. [​IMG]
     
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    i say opera pumps are for the fat lady that sang.
    go buy yourself a plain toe shoe with a mirror polish. preferably with a thin sole cut close to the upper.
     
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    When I bought black oxfords, I chose EG cap toes with broguing over plain toes, not really giving weight to how plain toes are the more formal choice (and black shoes are formal shoes).

    I noticed that the Purple Label looks all feature the Grant monkstrap, which has broguing. While I understand these are somewhat fashion forward, might my current shoes serve me well enough such that I'll never need to buy another pair of black cap toes unless I need another just for rotation purposes? (I'm a lawyer.)



    You do understand that formal means dinner jacket and pants, a.k.a. a tuxedo?

    The plaintoe is only "needed" if you're wearing the dinner jacket and pants. In a suit, the cap-toe is more appropriate. Plaintoe is fine as well.
     
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    i say opera pumps are for the fat lady that sang.
    go buy yourself a plain toe shoe with a mirror polish. preferably with a thin sole cut close to the upper.


    I am neither lady nor fat - rather slim on the contrary (waist size 30). I can sing a little and prefer a good patent leather pump shoe [​IMG] . They originated as a court shoe and have been in a man's wardrobe continously for several centuries. As the oldest surviving item in a man's wardrobe they are a living fossil and every conservation measure must be mobilised to preserve their survival into the future.
     
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    Just get a pair of black calf wholecuts. You can wear them daily for work, and they can also double up for black tie (which is not frequent).
     
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    what diorshoe said
     
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    I'd get black demi-boots before what you're talking about.
     
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    I assume Jose means for suit-wearing, not tux-wearing. If you've got, say, dark-brown captoes, you should be fine. But I'd be surprised if anyone thought half-brogue bals were somehow too "casual" in a legal office.
     
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    Certainly one can live without plaintoe balmorals but I can't come up with a reason why one would want to not have plaintoe balmorals in their shoe closet.
     
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    I am neither lady nor fat - rather slim on the contrary (waist size 30). I can sing a little and prefer a good patent leather pump shoe [​IMG] . They originated as a court shoe and have been in a man's wardrobe continously for several centuries. As the oldest surviving item in a man's wardrobe they are a living fossil and every conservation measure must be mobilised to preserve their survival into the future.

    sorry, i did not mean you are fat or a lady.

    im just saying i dont like opera pumps. i would reserve them for the courts.

    hardwood, basketball of course.
     
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    As the oldest surviving item in a man's wardrobe they are a living fossil and every conservation measure must be mobilised to preserve their survival into the future.

    This is one case where I have no problem with natural selection and the extinction of a species [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

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