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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by CoolNickname, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. CoolNickname

    CoolNickname Well-Known Member

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    I'm a teacher trying to build an interchangeable wardrobe. I own a pair of black, charcoal grey, brownish grey, dark blue, and dark blue pin stripe wool trousers, two pairs of polyester-rayon blend black trousers, and one pair of khakis.

    I plan on purchasing black oxfords like park avenues and pairing them with pants above. I rarely wear suits, but I've read that everyman should own black oxford lace-ups. I own the following which I have already worn.

    Kenneth Cole Reaction Shoes, Key Note Moc Toe Loafers

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    I purchased the following unworn shoes. I have over spent, and need to budget for slim fitted khakis and button-up or v-neck shirts. If I could only keep one pair which would you suggest? Two pairs?

    Santoni Quest Loafers: Purchased on sale for $349.00 from $535.00


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    AE Clifton: Purchased for $295.00

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    To Boot New York Senato: Purchased for $325.00.

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  2. indianshaft

    indianshaft Senior member

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    I would suggest you go back return them all and consider doing some more research on how to build an interchangeable wardrobe.
     


  3. jerrybrowne

    jerrybrowne Senior member

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    ^^Not very nice.

    Of the above options I would get the AE Cliftons and hold off on the black park avenues. I think you'll find brown shoes to be more versatile, and the Cliftons are the best built of the shoes you have purchased.

    Also, you might be able to get the Cliftons for cheaper if you look around. Good luck.
     


  4. LooksGood

    LooksGood Senior member

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    Can't you make due with 2 pairs of dress shoes, one black, one brown? Also, limit yourself to one pair of trousers that you'll wear to important meetings. I actually don't recall any of my high school teachers ever wearing trousers, always khakis(usually during meetings with faculty or parents) and jeans(everyday teaching). Do you need all these clothes because you teach at a private school?
     


  5. JubeiSpiegel

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    From your list, i would go with the AE Clifton, but as suggested there might be better prices available. The rest of your list is not worth it, especially at those prices. If you went with the AE Park Avenue that seems fine, might want to wait for a sale if you can though.
     


  6. eluther

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    Both the Santoni and the To Boot shoes are non-starters. To understand why not, spend more time kicking around the forum/researching menswear to appreciate what makes a pair of shoes worth $300.

    The Cliftons are nice and will go well with what you already own, besides the black trousers, which aren't going to get much love around here any way.
     


  7. tben

    tben Senior member

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    You're an teacher?! (Smacks head with disgust)
     


  8. chogall

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    E Clifton stays, return the rest. Actually, check around eBay, Nordstroms (think they are having their semi-annual sale right now), you might be able to find AE Clifton for a much cheaper price.

    Always buy RTW items on discount. Always.
     


  9. CoolNickname

    CoolNickname Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for your suggestions!
     
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  10. Latour

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    If you could keep one pair? Two? Did you buy all of these or are thinking of buying since you seem to want one or two pairs of shoes.You're a HS teacher? OK

    http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF1607_1_40000000001_-1

    http://www.mephistowebstore.com/gusto.html

    It always seems odd to me that people on SF say they need clothes for a job, interview or something. We usually begin school at 6, put on our blazer or jacket, shirt, trousers, shoes etc.As we outgrow them they are replaced so at 22 or so we already have the clothes we need and won't outgrow soon and just use these for any job,interview, wedding etc.
     


  11. Joshua Lee

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    I'd send them all back, and thrift off ebay. Probably spent 300$ buying 6 different blazers and a vintage burberry trench coat.
     


  12. jerrybrowne

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    I see you've had issues with teachers in the past. :confused:
     
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  13. tben

    tben Senior member

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    Look closer...

    Original Post:
    Originally Posted by CoolNickname [​IMG]

    I'm an teacher and trying to build an interchangeable wardrobe. I own a pair of black, charcoal grey, brownish grey, dark blue, and dark blue pin stripe wool trousers, two pairs of polyester-rayon blend black trousers, and one pair of khakis.

    I plan on purchasing black oxfords like park avenues and pairing them with pants above. I rarely wear suits, but I've read that everyman should own black oxford lace-ups. I own the following which I have already worn.


    This is my issue with teachers...
     


  14. CoolNickname

    CoolNickname Well-Known Member

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    Thank you all for your input! Your advice has helped me tremendously. I will start with one shoe and look for a better deal.

    The only pair of dark jeans I have are in black which I wear at night. Other than not matching my black trousers, will the Cliftons in walnut go with them? Would having them in a darker brown or burgundy suit my needs better in regards to versatility, or does the look in the walnut finish make up for any gains in that area?
     
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