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Looking for a versatile dress shoe

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by blue123, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. Mariooo

    Mariooo Senior member

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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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  2. blue123

    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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  3. UglyJoe

    UglyJoe Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  4. thinman

    thinman Senior member

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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).
     
  5. fritzl

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    not at all.
     
  6. Buddha25

    Buddha25 Well-Known Member

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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?
     
  7. jon54

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    I'd definitely go for the black cap-toe and plain-toe oxfords that I regularly use in the office.
     
  8. lestyr3

    lestyr3 Active Member

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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
     
  9. b1os

    b1os Senior member

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    FWIW, if I'm not mistaken, oxfords always have closed lacing. Bluchers have open lacing.
     
  10. lestyr3

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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.
     
  11. b1os

    b1os Senior member

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    Ok, just wanted to make it clear so the OP doesn't get further confused.
     
  12. bellyhungry

    bellyhungry Senior member

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    Get a pair of RL Darlton/Marlow and be done with the quest...
     
  13. blue123

    blue123 Well-Known Member

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    So I made my choice and picked these up on sale today. I love the look of the shoe. The color is great too both with dark jeans and slacks. I will definately invest in another pair of AEs!

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