Need a suggestion for Brown Shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by craig, Nov 1, 2004.

  1. Brian SD

    Brian SD Moderator

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    What about Loake? Never really talked about much here, but I think they look quite nice, and they are goodyear welted as well. http://www.plal.com/loakes.htm
     


  2. craig

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    Those are beautiful shoes, but I think they are a bit out of my price range. I wish they were in it.
     


  3. johnnynorman3

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    Alexis is the person you don't want to be listening to here -- she has tastes that are trendy and "fashion," as opposed to classic and lasting. If you work in a conservative office, you simply can't go wrong with a pair of cap-toes. I agree that Grenson's are much more elegant than the Alden lasts. I have a pair of Grenson's from Bennies, and I'm wearing some BB Aldens right now. While I am planning on wearing the Grenson's to a function I am going to next week, for every day wear I actually prefer the Alden's. A well-made, well-shined "bland" shoe allows me to dress a little bit better without seeming like a dandy (if that makes sense).
     


  4. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Senior member

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    Alex, I love Santonis. The styling is much more elegant than Alden. I definitely would rather have a pair of Santonis than a second pair of Aldens. My point is that all styles have their place in a wardrobe. If you are going to own 1 pair of brown shoes in a conservative office, why not go with something that doesn't shout "look at me."
     


  5. craig

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    I actually live in Atlanta, so I will try and go to Bennies some time in the next few days. Thanks for all the input
     


  6. drizzt3117

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    craig:

    The last time I talked to Chris at Bennies, he said he had some 10.5-11 narrow captoes in stock still (in black at least, maybe he has them in brown also)
     


  7. Brian SD

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    If you're referring to the Loakes that I posted, the prices on the price page at Plal are not in USD. Divide it by 3.80 to get the USD prices... Loakes should be around $160 - 250.
     


  8. johnnynorman3

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    Several stunning pair of Mantellassi on Yoox for $300-ish. More sizes than they usually have. A great whole cut and a great cap toe, especially. BEAUTIFUL.
     


  9. LA Guy

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    Yes, the Mantelessi's are terrific. I am not a big fan of captoes, however. I recommend a plain toe - they seem just so much more elegant to me.
     


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    Since I am sort of an Allen-Edmonds buff, I thought I toss in my 2-cents worth. A-E only has a couple of dark brown dress lace-ups--the Byron and the Seneca. The Byron is A-E's second most dressy lace-up after the Park Avenue. I would only wear it with a sport coat and tie at the most casual, preferably with a suit. The Seneca is, I think, at its best on men with short, broad feet--it has a very elongating effect that made it look sort of clownish on my size 13D feet. In the lighter brown Antibes calf there are more options--the Park Avenue (very dressy), the Cortland (kind of boring), the Hillcrest (nice if you like the bicycle toe, which I do not), the Hancock and the Harrison. The latter three would probably be the most versatile--conservative enough for most business situations, yet they would not be out of place with more casual attire. I have the Hancock, may pick up the Harrison and/or the Cortland one of these days.
     


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  12. Alexis

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    And my point is that the conservatives need a little shaking up. Especially today.

    Nevertheless, I do see the logic in bowing to conformity for the sake of survival in the office space. If you can survive a cubical, you can stomach a pair of American-made, basic brown shoes with no character or sex appeal. Just, please, get them away from me after hours.
     


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    (craig @ 01 Nov. 2004, 08:34) Those are beautiful shoes, but I think they are a bit out of my price range. Â I wish they were in it.
    If you're referring to the Loakes that I posted, the prices on the price page at Plal are not in USD. Divide it by 3.80 to get the USD prices... Loakes should be around $160 - 250.
    Those Loakes look pretty nice. Does anyone have an opinion of these? Anyone ever owned a pair?
     


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    If you're going to be plunking down that hefty amount of change for a pair of shoes, you'll want to be able to wear them in most environments and on most occasions. This rules out any of the "fashionable" items you might see out there. Stick with "conservative," whatever the hell that means: It'll last you a lot longer.

    Of course, I don't have the tits to back this up, but don't say I didn't tell you.
     


  15. LA Guy

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    I say go with something that looks nice *and* are office appropriate. I recommend a pair of chisel toed waxed leather lace ups by Costume National. Seriously. Look on Yoox. They will be okay for the office (the shapes are not extreme - and will not draw looks except from those who know), and they won't make you look like a complete knob at a club or worn with jeans.
     


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