Looking for a versatile dress shoe

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  1. blue123

    blue123 Well-Known Member

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    I am not in a super conservative environment. I already own a pair of black interview/funeral shoes as well. I also own a pair of decent dark brown cap toes that I wear with my slacks. I wanted something nice that can be both casual and work friendly. I know that finding one to cover everything is next to impossible. I actually picked the two at the top since I can get both a good price on sale. I saw the Mccalister, however I am not sure if that is too dressy to go with jeans????
     
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    jjr4884 Senior member

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    definitely would say a balmoral rather than a blucher... bal's look 100x better with a suit IMO

    my walnut strands from AE look just as good with a nice pair of jeans/casual pants as they do with my suits. Also, if you want black, i tried these on with jeans a few months ago, and i gotta say, pics do not do them justice. They look really nice, and i'm sure they will look equally as good with dress pants as well.

    http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/magnann...origin=category&fashionColor=&resultback=1779


    I also have the AE mccallisters in merlot, but i have yet to wear them with jeans. i feel the wingtip and merlot color put them more towards the "dress pants" side, however i have no doubt with the right outfit, they can be worn in a more casual manner, its just a more serious looking shoe than the strand
     
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    who says that? the rules?
     
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    fritzl Senior member

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    argh, not at all. been there, done that, got the shirt.
     
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    I said "probably".
    Out of the two posted shoes, the AE are actually nice and will work.
    #1 and jeans? with skinny and very tapered ones, if he likes this look .umm... yeah, otherwise.. not really...

    But I got the impression he will use the shoes more for jeans/slacks and wearing suits rather sporadically, ergo my advice for derby
    IRL only few people will notice the difference between open/closed laces on dark shoes (unless the trousers probably have little or no break)

    Agreed, there are a lot of factors which will determine the versatility of something
     
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    blue123 Well-Known Member

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    So number 1 is going to be tougher to pair with jeans due to its elongated look? Does anyone have any pictures of strand with jeans? I just want to get an idea if possible...I also like the look of the shoes below, I know they are generic...

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    My eyes! No, I'm sure it can be done - almost anything can be done. But if you are wearing jeans and just decide to throw on some black cap-toe oxfords you are probably going to look a little silly, no? Much less likely than with a medium to light brown oxford, IMO.
     
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    Brown monkstraps, double monks, or chelsea boots are extremely versatile. They're not strictly "correct" with a suit, but I don't know of any single shoe that is versatile enough to be optimal with everything from jeans to a suit (maybe a wholecut, as was mentioned earlier).
     
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    not at all.
     
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    I got the strand, I love it! Looks great with dark jeans and dress pants. I just picked it up today before I head to the beach. They are a bit stiff, I guess they need to be broken in?
     
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    I'd definitely go for the black cap-toe and plain-toe oxfords that I regularly use in the office.
     
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    If you already have relatively formal black and brown pairs, then why not try

    1. Cordovan/Oxblood colored wingtips (goes with more than you think; that's my most-used shoe and my office is trousers-no-jacket)
    2. Brown suede oxfords (closed lacing if possible, though not necessary)
    3. Leather chukkas (NOT suede)

    Alternatively, take Thinman's suggestions - as he says, there's nothing that'll go flawlessly with everything (and wholecuts are typically quite expensive - the only one I've seen for less than $400 was Shipton & Heaney).

    BTW check out the Mr Porter shoe sale right now, they'll have a few things that'll fit the above bill
     
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    FWIW, if I'm not mistaken, oxfords always have closed lacing. Bluchers have open lacing.
     
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    True, not arguing.

    It's just that so often bluchers/derbys are described as oxfords in the description when you go shopping for them - makes me want to pull my hair a little bit when I see that.
     

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