Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

  1. Mr Knightley

    Mr Knightley Senior member

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    It is hard to find a place for black cap toe Oxfords these days - they are about as formal as you can go. I have a pair and wear them every now and then in the office, but feel that something less formal would do just as well. It really does depend on the country / nature of the business / what others wear. So yes, wait and see...
     
  2. Monkeyface

    Monkeyface Senior member

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    I have two black captoes at the moment, looking to buy a third soon and a fourth pair in about half a year. The third in a chiseled last, and the fourth as a balmoral. No idea where I'm going to find an affordable balmoral captoe oxford, so it might just be a dress boot.
     
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    EFV Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I've been thinking about getting a pair of balmoral boots for a while, since I really like the look of them. Admittedly, I'm no shoe guy, but the thing that's kept me on the fence is the area of use for such a boot. They're not really formal, since they are boots. But they're not sturdy enough to use as casual rough weather shoes either.

    Semi-formal/casual is generally where it's at for me, so I guess they have their place within this spectrum. Anyone care to elaborate on the versatility of a balmoral boot?
     
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    zengy Well-Known Member

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    With black captoes, would you wear a brown watch strap? I was debating this with a friend of mine, and I wouldn't unless it's the only option.
     
  5. jssdc

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    DMs too.....

    AS Wilson might fit the bill:

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  6. Cleav

    Cleav Senior member Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    You're quite right, thanks J :nodding:
     
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  7. Mr Knightley

    Mr Knightley Senior member

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    A tan one would be OK IMO. It's best not to be too studied when it comes to such matters. In the 80s there was a concept of 'controlled clashing', which I have always tried to bear in mind since.
     
  8. Monkeyface

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    Sure, I even have a brown briefcase. You shouldn't be too worried about matching everything. For the same reason it's not necessary to have belts in as many different colours of brown as you have brown shoes.

    Thanks! That's exactly what I'm looking for. The broguing is relatively subtle, and it still looks like a regular black cap toe from a distance.
     
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  9. zengy

    zengy Well-Known Member

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    Those are beautiful.

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    I see. I'm debating wether to get a dressy dark brown strapped watch or one with metal bracelet. I'll mostly be wearing black shoes at work, so in my head black strap would be better suited. Generally, I just prefer brown, and it is better than black for my skin tone.

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    Well, briefcase is different too me (I like tan), but I just think it looks more clean roughly matching the colour of strap with shoes and belt. Metal bracelet is more versatile of course and would remove that dilemma.
     
  10. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    I have three pairs of black shoes total. Two pairs of cap toes, one plain cap one punched, and one pair of DMs.
     
  11. jungleroller

    jungleroller Senior member

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    Black shoes I have none

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  12. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    What makes you think boots can't be formal?
     
  13. aravenel

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    Y'all are all insane. Black captoes are classic. If you wear even moderately CBD suits, they pair perfectly. No one is going to see them and think you are heading to a funeral, or wearing mismatched levels of formality.

    I have one pair, and am actively looking for another.

    If you never wear suits, don't get a pair. Otherwise, they are as versatile as it gets. Hell, in a pinch you can even spit-shine them and wear them with a tux.
     
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    ^ I agree.
    ...wait, are we talking about black dress shoes in general or captoes?
    Ever since my wife banned me from SF, I have been having trouble keeping up with this thread.
     
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    Noodles this is what office hours are for.
     

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