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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by montecristo#4, Jan 3, 2005.

  1. montecristo#4

    montecristo#4 Senior member

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    I recently purchased a very nice pair of RLPL cordoroy pants in bright red.

    However, I just realized I have a problem -- I have no idea what kind of shoes to wear with them.

    Brown or cordovan shoes simply won't go -- the red will clash.

    The only thing I can think of is maybe black loafers? Too bad I don't own a pair.

    Or maybe I've finally discovered a fit setting for blue suede shoes.


    Any ideas?

    Thanks,
    Montecristo
     


  2. amirrorcrackd

    amirrorcrackd Senior member

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    I don't know if you meant that as a joke, or not, but I don't think I would go with the blue suede shoes. Blue and orange are complimentary colors, and bright red and orange are very close, so the red and the blue would be highly contrasting. In certain situations, I see no problem with contrasting clothing, oftentimes it is ideal. in this situation, however, I just can't see it. I too would go with a black shoe. A matte black shoe. If the pants are tapered (and I would assume they are cause they are RLPL) then a loafer would be good. If they have a wider bottom, or a bootcut/flair, go with an ankle boot.

    You should try it with varying combinations and post pictures, you know, for my curiosity.

    Good luck,
    Dan
     


  3. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    Sounds like a good spot for white shoes [​IMG]
     


  4. demeis

    demeis Senior member

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    E broadstreet best of both worlds
     


  5. globetrotter

    globetrotter Senior member

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    I seem to remember hearing that a relativly common (upper class) country look in the UK last year was bright cords with black velvet slippers. can any of the brits confirm?
     


  6. Horace

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    Question:  in all seriousness:  does whatever constitutes the British upperclass, given the fate of the Reform Bill oif 1832 and the heavy taxation following the First World War (not to mention the attrition of the "show" itself), actually follow or develop trends?  I would've thought that they were immune to fickle fashion and whatnot.

    Edit: I'd wear Black Alden loafers avec tassle.
     


  7. amirrorcrackd

    amirrorcrackd Senior member

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    Those shoes look really clunky to me...too much going on, and I don't really like the last. Maybe they look different on a foot and with a pair of pants. Check ebay for Miu Miu shoes. They tend to make shoes that are really interesting but not entirely "functional." Stuff that won't get much wear cause it's kinda out there, but they are very attractive looking, and might go well with your someone out there cords. You should be able to get a pair for under $150.00, and being that you won't wear them all the time, you don't exactly need handmade shoes.

    Dan
     


  8. montecristo#4

    montecristo#4 Senior member

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    Hmmm.... Maybe I could go with these that I just won on Ebay. Of course, I never thought they'd be much good for anything except as slippers.... [​IMG] And yes, for the record, I hate the gold embroidery.
     


  9. Mike C.

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    My dad has the exact same pair. He wears them with chocolate suede chelsea boots or cognac (sp?) colored loafers.
     


  10. Fabienne

    Fabienne Senior member

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    I'd say brown suede shoes. They work with bright orange cords beautifully, in my experience. They should work with red. But I'd try suede, different shades, to match the feel of the fabric. That would be the safer route, to think in terms of texture first, not necessarily color. This isn't to say black patent leather shoes wouldn't work.
     


  11. Fabienne

    Fabienne Senior member

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    And black isn't going to compete with bright red?
     


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  13. truthhurts

    truthhurts Senior member

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    With a white shirt. Hot baby.
     


  14. Horace

    Horace Senior member

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    I don't believe that the colors compete. They are at natural odds, given the influence of texture on both colors. Perhaps one could argue that a shiny cordovan black throws the red cord. trouser into sharper relief. Or the the black mutes the end point of the trouser, thereby calling less attention to it.
     


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    these type slippers are exactly what I was talking about.
     


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