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Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Claghorn, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. jfrater

    jfrater Senior Member

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    Okay guys - time to dissect my shoe collection. This is what I have so far. I currently have six pairs of shoes also on MTO which won't arrive for a while. I figured I ought to cull the ones I already have based on your advice for good taste.

    I would really appreciate it if you could tell me which shoes are for suits, which are for blazers/sports coats, and which ones I ought to throw away. Can you also tell me how I might pair the more difficult boots and multiple-colored shoes (unless you are saying to ditch them of course).

    In a couple of cases I have duplicate styles and similar colors from different brands - Alden and Allen Edmonds for example. Would you suggest I get rid of one pair and keep the other - if so what criteria should I use to determine which ones to keep? Presume the fit of everything is perfect.

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  2. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    This. Thats a great tie to have, mac, and the Hober family is awesome. truly great people to do business with. Enjoy it.
     


  3. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    Jfrat, I think 10 11 12 16 18 19 and 20 are pretty bad, the rest I range from ambivalent to/not my style to very nice indeed.
     


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    That's a serious collection of shoes, jfrater. Curious to see what people suggest in terms of pairings.
     


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    Murlsquirl The Moral Squirrel Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    Yes and yes....
     


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    May I ask what you dislike about 10 11 and 12? That will help me with future purchases. The others I agree are not great.
     


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    10 is too square and 12 too pointy.

    11 looks too pointy but might be ok from a different angle.

    Hope that helps.
     


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    Jfrat - Oxfords with suits. Monks with suits sometimes and odd jacket and trousers other times. Derbys and loafers with odd jacket and trousers.
     


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    So never oxfords with sports coats?
     


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    I'm not a stickler for that general rule for people with small shoe wardrobes, but you have enough shoes that I really cannot imagine a reason to break it. If you must, heavily brogued oxfords (especially if suede) could work, but save the stitch cap / punch cap / austerity brogues for something more formal.
     


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    Edited to say that I am confused about the difference between oxfords and derby's - I'll research it and reply again :)
     
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    @jfrater , here my 2 cents (which is incidentally a lot less than your shoe collection must have cost)....
    In general most of them are ranging from acceptable to very nice. A few pairs stand out less favourably to my eyes:
    12 - too pointy & don't like the novelty styling here (i'm not against some novel stylistic cues per se, if done tastefully. E.g. I like #16)
    18, 19, 20 - just plain ugly, I'm sorry to say.
    21 - the colours look a bit cheap to me. It's hard to get spectators right, IMO. or any two-tone shoe for that matter.
    23 & 24 - don't like the styling, it's neither here nor there.
    27 - again, novelty styling gone wrong.

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    All very good points I think - having expunged the ones you have all said you dislike has made me realize I need to get shoe shopping!
     


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    Wrong. You have just about all bases covered already.

    Expunge the bad ones, change the shoelaces on 26 and then work with what you have.
     


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