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Opera Pumps - What's the Deal?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Augusto86, May 10, 2007.

  1. Master Shake

    Master Shake Senior member

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    +1 I own black calfskin wholecuts in the event I someday find an excuse to wear black tie, since I can't justify buying patent leather shoes. It's a sartorial sin of the first magnitude to some; marginally acceptable to others.
    Agreed. That's the way I'm doing it. And I would never wear opera pumps ... they are too effeminate for my taste. It's great that they've been worn for x number of decades, but even in photos from long ago, they look effeminate.
     


  2. Joel_Cairo

    Joel_Cairo Senior member

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    you guys may not know it, but opera pumps (as well as opera in general) are Widely Considered Gay.
     


  3. Master Shake

    Master Shake Senior member

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    you guys may not know it, but opera pumps (as well as opera in general) are Widely Considered Gay.

    Manton now has to straighten this out!
     


  4. WN2

    WN2 Senior member

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    A tuxedo is a formal wear that truly has no meaningful use in current days, but we still attire ourselves in such for "formal" occasions.

    Isn't black tie supposed to be a "party" outfit while white tie is reserved for the "formal" occasions? At least that's what the practice over here is.
     


  5. thinman

    thinman Senior member

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    Isn't black tie supposed to be a "party" outfit while white tie is reserved for the "formal" occasions? At least that's what the practice over here is.

    Yes, black tie is officially considered semi-formal, whereas white tie is formal.
     


  6. Ivan Kipling

    Ivan Kipling Senior member

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    My instep is a little too high for this shoe. I wear grosgrain oxfords, for formal evenings. Not using them too much, these days.
     


  7. gdl203

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    My instep is a little too high for this shoe. I wear grosgrain oxfords, for formal evenings. Not using too much, these days.

    I don't think I've ever seen that before. Sounds interesting. Any pictures?
     


  8. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    I don't think I've ever seen that before. Sounds interesting. Any pictures?
    Santoni makes some.
     


  9. gdl203

    gdl203 Affiliate Vendor Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    Santoni makes some.

    Thanks. I found these bluchers online but no oxfords... First time I hear of grosgrain men's shoes
    [​IMG]
     


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  11. Augusto86

    Augusto86 Sean Penn's Mexican love child

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    so these are incorrectly listed and are actually for men?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/LADIES-BLACK-LOA...QQcmdZViewItem


    That was the picture that got me thinking.

    Honestly, this is one place where tradition can go hang. I patently([​IMG] ) refuse to wear shoes with bows. There's tradition, and there's looking like a twit. This falls firmly in the latter.

    But interesting information. TMYK!
     


  12. Philip1978

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    That was the picture that got me thinking.

    Honestly, this is one place where tradition can go hang. I patently([​IMG] ) refuse to wear shoes with bows. There's tradition, and there's looking like a twit. This falls firmly in the latter.

    But interesting information. TMYK!


    Yeah I have to be honest, I'm all for wearing well fitted clothing and reading about what goes together, but anyone wearing shoe such as these in my opinion should have their manhood questioned. Maybee they worked in 19th century but not today.[​IMG]
     


  13. Mark from Plano

    Mark from Plano Lifestyle change - no homo

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    Yeah I have to be honest, I'm all for wearing well fitted clothing and reading about what goes together, but anyone wearing shoe such as these in my opinion should have their manhood questioned. Maybee they worked in 19th century but not today.[​IMG]

    Yes I can certainly see what you mean. If your manhood is so fragile that it can be threatened by a pair of shoes that men have worn for centuries, then it's possible you might in fact be gay. You should probably steer well clear of these.
     


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    Yes I can certainly see what you mean. If your manhood is so fragile that it can be threatened by a pair of shoes that men have worn for centuries, then it's possible you might in fact be gay. You should probably steer well clear of these.

    So let me get this straight you walk around dressed up like it's the 19th century and think you look good?!?!?
     


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