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Choosing a versatile suede shoe

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by designprofessor, Aug 10, 2006.

  1. designprofessor

    designprofessor Distinguished Member

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    Gentlemen, heres my question:

    Which of these options would get me the most versatility for my clothing options.
    I have predominately dark striped suits, charcoal, browns , navy. I would like to try a suede shoe to go with these suits.

    1. Is it better to go with the darker suede?

    2. Wingtip or monkstrap? (cap toes don't seem to be catching my eye)
    Would the wingtip look dressier given my stripe suite options?

    3. I wear a 9D US, given the maker, what size should I be looking at since I have no prior experience with this brand.
    These are Alfred Sargent from Pediwear, (102 -106 GBP excl. vat)

    Any input or better deals other than lurking on ebay would be appreciated.

    a.Woking
    b.Reigate
    c.Euston

    Thanks for any input,
    dprof
     


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    a.Woking
    b.Reigate
    c.Euston

    Thanks for any input,
    dprof


    I would go with the Euston, Reigate, then Woking, in that order. but its really up to you.
     


  3. horton

    horton Senior Member

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    Here is a 9 shoe at virtual clothes horse that you'll probably either love or hate.


    [​IMG]



    grapevinehill was carrying brown suede shoes from polo (CJs and other levels of quality) that were worth watching too.
     


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    Will Distinguished Member Dubiously Honored

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    The semi-brogue with a punched cap and medallion is the classic suede oxford. The choice between a laced shoe and an oxford should be determined by how you expect to wear the shoe. The monk is better suited to odd jackets and less formal suits than the semi-brogue.

    The most useful shade, in my experience, is a mid-brown. What Edward Green calls tobacco.
     


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    Here is a 9 shoe at virtual clothes horse that you'll probably either love or hate.


    [​IMG]


    Is that a Vass?

    I Keed, I keed.

    Oh, and design professor, stick with the darker ones for your purposes. Stick with the lace ups unless you are a professor or in design. The lighter suede shoes look better with the lighter colored suit cloths. harmonize. Unless youre looking for that effect, people staring at our shoes may not be what you want.

    OK, OK I just never liked the medium to light colored suede shoes (except for cream or ivory) they look phony. Again, in summer with a tan poplin suit, ginger suede is acceptable but the shades from milk chocolate to dark chocolate are better for the darker and heavier weight suit cloths.

    That monkstrap pictured above is probably the last acceptable shade before we hit summer. It will oxidize over time.
     


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    Is that a Vass?

    I Keed, I keed.

    Oh, and design professor, stick with the darker ones for your purposes. Stick with the lace ups unless you are a professor or in design. The lighter suede shoes look better with the lighter colored suit cloths. harmonize. Unless youre looking for that effect, people staring at our shoes may not be what you want.

    OK, OK I just never liked the medium to light colored suede shoes (except for cream or ivory) they look phony. Again, in summer with a tan poplin suit, ginger suede is acceptable but the shades from milk chocolate to dark chocolate are better for the darker and heavier weight suit cloths.

    That monkstrap pictured above is probably the last acceptable shade before we hit summer. It will oxidize over time.


    It's one of the higher end Sutor Mantellasi. VCH actually has others pixs of same.

    Lance actually has a few other size 9 suedes (including lighter cream-like colors) but I think they're even more adventurous.
     


  9. designprofessor

    designprofessor Distinguished Member

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    I actually decided to wear my "alton's" today after reading this thread earlier. Here is a pic of what I am wearing today with them.

    http://img62.imageshack.us/my.php?image=1000560gg5.jpg

    Gene


    Nice! that's where I'm wanting to go with this. Looks like a darker brown wingtip.

    You wearing a suede belt?
     


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    Nice! that's where I'm wanting to go with this. Looks like a darker brown wingtip.

    You wearing a suede belt?


    Yep. Nothing special a J&M belt. I think it is the "michum" on there site.

    Gene
     


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    I vote for the monk-straps. The wingtips are rather bland in comparison.
     


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    These are more classic yet

    [​IMG]
     


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    I think GVH may be out of his Polo shoes, but for the longest time they were the thing to get from a value perspective.

    I paid $157 for my Alton's. Won't wear them til winter but that will be here some day.

    Perry
     


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    From my experience, particularly with the suits you described, you would be best served by a chocolate-brown, suede captoe.
     


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    I like these [​IMG] [​IMG]

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