Opera Pumps: Show me your real world pics

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by sartort, Jul 31, 2008.

  1. Cravate_Noire

    Cravate_Noire Senior member

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    I've got only the AE Ritz and need another, more filigree pair because of the vamp and the 360° welting!
    Getting these in Germany will be a quest of epic scale...I will consider ordering from S&H or B&E, thanks for the links!

    (Pulled the trousers a but up in the first pic)
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  2. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Goon member

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    O man.

    those would be way too feminine for me


    It helps to be masculine in the first place.

    This is a great thread because there are many photographs on the interwebz fora of pumps, few of men in them, and much of the chatter focuses on the shoes alone rather than how the shoes contribute to the overal look for dinner or formal wear...almost as if the shoes were going to the event, and not the man.

    My opinion is that when a man is dressed severely in black and white, in surroundings that are typically (although not always) special, and often surrounded by women, some of whom will be beautiful (one hopes), and most dressed well, if you come off as feminine unintentionally because of your shoes, well...

    ...you're f*cked for the evening anyway, and not in a good way.

    Pumps take something mundane and make them special and connected to history. For me, that is inherent to having personal style in an age of aesthetic mediocrity.

    It is almost guarenteed that at a black tie event, the least stylish men will be wearing lace-ups (or, say, bicycle toe loafers). I do not mean that there will not be guys who look good in their oxfords or patent derbies, but all of the ones who wear their dinner clothes uncomfortably and self-consciously will be in lace-ups as well.

    Why join them?


    - B
     


  3. larsrindsig

    larsrindsig Senior member

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    How about these

    The first pair are from Shipton & Heneage; the second from Bowhill & Elliott.

    I'm sorry they're not real world pictures, but they might be an option for you. I know that Bowhill & Elliott will be very well made and they run at 110 pounds. S&H 129 pounds.


    As I understand it, Bowhill & Elliott makes slippers for S&H. (My only reference is an old AAAC post and eyeballing - they do look very similar to me).
     


  4. Film Noir Buff

    Film Noir Buff Senior member

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    Here are mine , EG , last 100. I had mine cobbler dye the bow to black (GVH had them green ). Came out ok, like the last shape a lot. I want to wear them for the wedding, but wife wants me to get the patent lether lace up, so we will see. [​IMG]
    The bow was green?
     


  5. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    I bet Manton wears pumps.
    I don't actually.
    I'll bet Manton wouldn't dare. He has better sense.
    But neither do I dislike them. I simply have a decent pair of formal lace-ups, and prefer to spend my shoe dollars elsewhere than on another formal shoe.
     


  6. chorse123

    chorse123 Senior member

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    These are mine, though I haven't worn them yet. I only wear black tie once or twice a year. [​IMG]

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  7. Film Noir Buff

    Film Noir Buff Senior member

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    These are mine, though I haven't worn them yet. I only wear black tie once or twice a year. [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Silk?
     


  8. chorse123

    chorse123 Senior member

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    I believe so.
     


  9. marc237

    marc237 Senior member

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    I also wear the pumps. I think the concern that they are effeminate is silly.
     


  10. SuitingStyle

    SuitingStyle Senior member

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    The bow was green?

    yes, then I had my cobbler dye into black
     


  11. ethandesu

    ethandesu Senior member

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    I also wear the pumps. I think the concern that they are effeminate is silly.

    Hear hear. I wear Opera pumps from Church's custom grade (mine too are exceptionally tight) and I have never been considered effeminate. But then I think being very straight and fairly masculine helps with the overall look. If I was 65kg instead of 95, clean shaven rather than bearded, and gay rather than a straight married man, I'd probably opt for a lace up. Thankfully I'm not, and can wear my operas without fear of ridicule!

    ethandesu
     


  12. grimslade

    grimslade Senior member

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    yes, then I had my cobbler dye into black

    It was a green tartan, no?
     


  13. SuitingStyle

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    It was a green tartan, no?

    yea, the one GVH had , I think everyone was scared off from buying them because of the bow color.
     


  14. Film Noir Buff

    Film Noir Buff Senior member

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    I believe so.
    Very nice, very minimalist. How do they react to walking around on pavement?
     


  15. Film Noir Buff

    Film Noir Buff Senior member

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    yes, then I had my cobbler dye into black
    Hmm if the bows were black watch tartan I might have liked to keep that.
     


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