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My modest shoe collection

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by newyorker, May 14, 2005.

  1. newyorker

    newyorker Senior member

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    Hi, This is my modest shoe collection. I'm in my early twenties, working in New York City, and I wear business casual to work. [​IMG] If you're interested, from left to right: Brooks Brothers, ~$100 Polo Ralph Lauren (acquired today): ~$150 (retail: ~$300) Salvatore Ferragamo: ~$400 Andre Valentino: ~$50 (retail: ~$100) Do you like them? What do you think would be nice additions? I'm thinking of getting this pair. I know it's very unimaginative but still find the shoe quite attractive for business casual: [​IMG]
     
  2. StevenRocks

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    No wingtips?  That's suprising.  I'm a little older than you and I have black and 'cordovan' Florsheim models for work.

    Concerning your possible loafer addtition:  I like the shoe personally and don't think its unimaginative.  I've been looking at an AE or Ferragamo model of a similar style.
     
  3. AlanC

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    I vote split toe blucher rather than another bit loafer, but that's just me.

    Nice Polos and the Brooks are a good solid basic.
     
  4. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Personally, I would not wear the Brooks to the office, and the cap toe is awfully formal for business casual. As for the pair you're thinking of getting, it seems quite similar to the Ferragamo. I'd suggest a plain brown blucher.

    It might help if you elaborated a bit on what types of thing you're wearing to the office. Khakis and polo shirts? Button-downs without a tie? Sport coat or no sport coat?
     
  5. AlanC

    AlanC Senior member

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    Certainly I agree with that. Still, it's a good basic casual (weekend) shoe.
     
  6. newyorker

    newyorker Senior member

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    I wear spread cotton shirts with wool pants (all custom). I wear khakis on Fridays 1/4th of the time [​IMG] I think shoes really speak so much about a person. For me, the boat shoes says preppy the polo tan shoes says english the ferragamo shoes says italian the a. valentino shoes says city I wouldn't know what a split toe blucher would say or a wingtip would say. I also wonder if it they are a bit too fussy. I think these two models are actually rather American, not often found in other countries, am I not right?
     
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    While the wing tip used to be THE American business shoe, it is also quite common in other countries, particularly Canada, England, Japan, and Germany. I think it's less common (but certainly not unheard of) in Italy. I don't know about France or the rest of Europe, but again it definitely isn't a rarity there, either. As for the split-toe Blucher, that's also pretty common in one form or another abroad.
     
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    I disagree. I think the captoes are perfect for biz casual.
     
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    scnupe7 Senior member

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    I'll second a split toe
     
  10. A Harris

    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    If you are going to get a bit loafer, skip the Ferragamo and go with classic Gucci bit loafer, or a close facsimile.
     
  11. newyorker

    newyorker Senior member

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    Why do you prefer the classic Gucci bit loafer over the Ferragamo? I'm curious.
     
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    I don't like the Valentino toe cap, it's too huge.
     
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    No shoe trees???
     
  14. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    I agree.
     
  15. Roy

    Roy Senior member

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    The Polo Ralph Lauren shoe is pretty nice, the others are definitely not my taste. I'd prefer a shoe that is a bit more fashion forward than the ones you've posted.

    I just started building a shoe collection myself, i'd like to buy one or two pairs of pretty conservative shoes and the rest to consist of more fashion forward pairs.
     
  16. VMan

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    I own that same pair and I have to say they have held up well. I used to wear them a lot more either simply with jeans, or with more dressed-up clothes. I wear them a little less now because I think the bit looks a little pretentious for some reason - though that's just my opinion.
     
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    newyorker Senior member

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    I think you're right, and I frankly think that many people who wear bit loafers are actually quite open about being slightly elitist.
     
  19. LabelKing

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    How about a pair of slightly pointed Chelsea boots?

    Preferably with a chisel toe.
     
  20. VMan

    VMan Senior member

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    If I were you, my next step would be to upgrade the pair of black cap toes. Personally, I like monk straps a lot and would choose a pair of them.

    Also, why not throw a pair of chelsea ankle boots into the line-up?

    How about a pair of cordovan-colored shoes?

    Maybe a brown suede loafer?
     

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