Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by iloveshoes, Feb 17, 2012.
I have those exact same Magnanni grey suede wingtips. Where did you get the croc double monks??
Nice collection! When I was 22, I think I had 4 pairs of shoes: running, basketball, square toed bluchers for going out, and black dress shoes...
I'm 25, have 14 pairs of handmade shoes and it has more gaps and holes than the plot in Transformers. What I've learned though, is that one pair of C&J and better easily equals two or three pairs of lesser shoes.
Great collection. Thanks so much for sharing. You know what I really like, those Ferragamo loafers. They look well loved and the patina is very nice.
I saw a couple pairs of chukkas but no other boots. The Indy boot by Alden is favored my many SF members.
I have two racks full. One outside the closet, one inside. About 30 pairs. WHen I buy another pair, it had better upgrade something I already have, because I need to send one of those on their way...because I just can't make more space for shoes.
As to the question of is that enough? That's NOT enough!
43 pairs here, which is not really 'enough', though it's admittedly not driven by necessity. One thing I've learned though - great quality and design and a great fit eventually become more satisfying than quantity and variety.
As far as what you need, there are enough classic colors in your collection so you can branch out into more adventurous stuff that's good for wearing occassionally - navy blues, all different colors of suede (I have some dove grey gibsons from Grenson that I'm really attached to), McNairy colored soles that are so popular now. Saddle shoes. Corthay makes a pair of super-sleek laceups that are dark purple, and they are beautiful. You're missing a classic dark brown suede wingtip or captoe. You don't already have something that's white or dirty-buck beige for summer. As others mentioned, you dont have a full boot (Alfred Sargent Harris Tweed boots look pretty cool).
you can easily forego it...
I have set my personal limit at 10 pairs of leather soled shoes.
Instead of suggesting a brand, I offer this: take a look at the pics of your shoes (or at your shoes IRL) and notice how if you follow the sole edge from the center of the toe around the outside of the shoe back to the heel, there is little or no contour (save one pair, the mushroom colored wingtips). A great shoe will dip inward before the heel. Here I think the kids call that a "narrow waist". Think of a Corvette stingray's shape. Look for a shoe that has this contour. If your taste is anything like mine, anything less simply will not do after that.
Feel free to look thru my photo album for some examples.
Let's see... Mostly a mix of Carmina/C&J/Alden
Black quarter brogue oxford
Black captoe oxford
Burgundy cordovan oxford
Brown quarter brogue oxford
Brown captoe oxford
Brown suede oxford
Burgundy cordovan wingtip oxford
Black three-eyed blucher
Boots - dress and casual
Black chelsea boots
Light brown suede chukka
Dark brown suede chukka
Very dark brown cordovan chukka
Brown leather chukka
Navy blue suede blucher
Brown suede half-brogue blucher
Brown cordovan wingtip bluchers
Black leather wingtip bluchers
Jesus, typed out like that it really seems like a lot. What makes it worse is that this is after I purged a bunch of shoes... At this point I am drawing a line, even though I've said that before. If I get a new pair it will be to replace/upgrade an old pair. I don't want to have any shoes that I don't wear at least once every two months. Well, I haven't worn the navy suede shoes in while but I can't bring myself to get rid of them. I am not a fan of loafers or monk straps (I make up for it by being a big fan of suede and boots.)
I'm around your age but have nowhere near as fine a collection as yours. Props on maintaining them in good shape, too!
1 - Very nice collection
2 - It begs the question, how in heck did you at age 22 find the means to acquire such a haul of beautiful shoes? When I was 22, I needed to duct tape my running shoes together to make them last longer!
based on his description, he probably works at nordstroms and bought these things at a deep discount.
I'm be quite frank, I don't like many of those shoes and I can't imagine when you have time or occasion to wear even half of them.
That said, I probably have about 30 pairs as well at this point, but I've decided that if I don't wear a shoe for nearly 2 months, it needs to go and stick it on ebay.
My thoughts exactly. I get the feeling he's buying things because they're "a great deal" and he wants a big collection. I think it'd be way more stylish to have spent the same amount of money on fewer shoes. Im not saying that's too many shoes he has, but I doubt he gets to wear them enough to enjoy them. Just my 2 cents.
Thanks for the feedback! I agree, there are some I find I never wear and actually want to shrink down the collection and maybe purchase something I can enjoy more. I really end up wearing my Santoni's the most and most the others get pushed aside. I have been looking into Vass and am really intrigued by those. I have been researching shoes a lot lately and love learning about the construction of shoes like those.
Thanks for everyone's feedback, I am new to SF and look forward to learning from everyone's knowledge.
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