please help me rate these shoes

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  1. eddiecibrian

    eddiecibrian Senior member

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    Being kind of new to mens shoe fashion, can you guys help me rate these shoes so i can figure out if I should retire these, from 1-10 on style on each shoe would be greatly appreciated.

    - as a side note, I only bought 3 of these shoes, the rest were given to me.

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    1) These are decent boots I would give them a 6.

    2) I'm not a big fan of black harness boots, so I give them a 3.

    3) Decent ankle boot with a fair amount of wear. I would clean these up and recondition them for a 5.

    4) I believe the thick rubber soled, apron toe bluchers, are Bostonian brand. This is a lower end brand (owned by Clarks), and the soles are ugly, I would give them a 1.

    5) The uppers look totally shot on these shoes, time to toss them, so only worth a 0.

    6) Those shoes just hurt my eyes, I would give them a -100. Throw them away as soon as humanly possible.

    7) Nice suede chukkas, best shoes in the collection. I would give them a 9 (because I cannot see exactly how worn the toes might actually be).

    8) Decent boat shoe, but they look like they have seen a lot of water. I would give them a 5.

    9) The monk straps look pretty worn, but they are monk straps so I have to score them a little higher. I would give them a 5.

    Please invest in some leather conditioner and some shoe trees as soon as you can.
     
  3. FlyingMonkey

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    Although I tend to think shoes trees are not quite as necessary as some here seem to think, I agree that almost all of these shoes show a distinct lack of care that in some cases has come close to ruining them completely.
     
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    The suede chukkas are the only ones I would even consider letting within 100 yards of my feet.
     
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    The first pair of boots and the suede chukkas are at the low end of acceptable.

    The rest I would deposit in the trash bin.
     
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    Suede chukkas look nice, as others have said. The first pair of boots look like a good rough-weather shoe. All the others to me look either in too poor condition, or not at all to my taste, or both.
     
  7. eddiecibrian

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    Love the blunt truth from you guys, yea I bought those Ferrragamo Chukkas at a thrift store in NYC, im surprised so many of you guys like the first boots, it's extremely heavy though...I feel like I'm wearing the tractor version of shoes
     
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    Suede chukkas at a push in the dark :) First pair of boots for walking the dog in the winter !! The rest ?? You know what you have to do :nodding:
     
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    I would only have use for about half the shoes in this collection but they are nice. Some better then other of course but not bad over all.
     
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    I would keep # 1 & # 7.
    The rest I would leave on my stoop this wkend if it was not raining and some would get picked up...
     
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    Just out of curiousity, why do you need a style rating 1 - 10 on these shoes? Surely you know which ones you like, and those would be the ones you keep regardless of our opinions.


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    #1 for the winter months while working the back yard, #7 for casual wear, and #8 for the beach. #5 have passed away, the rest are great for your next camp fire. Take care buddy.
     
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    As this is your 'awakening' to dressing better, your best strategy is to, when your budget allows, replace each pair one by one. Now if you have the funds to go all out and replace the lot, that would be the best. However, if you can only upgrade one pair at a time, here is my list, based on your photos:
    1, 2, 3 & 4 are all passable as Streetwear
    5.These will need work by are salvageable. (See below *) Target these for termination when you get something better.
    6. Abominations. Use them to take out the trash, burn them or throw them out.
    7. You can wear Casual or Dress Casual, provided you maintain your suede. See below *
    8. The deck shoes never go 'out of fashoin'. A summer shoe but in your case you can push it until first frost and only on rainy days. Strictly casual.
    9. Florsheim Monks need to be cleaned up. Keep them until you can replace them. (See below *) Target these for termination when you get something better.

    * NOTES:
    Suede: Buy from an Office Supply store, a few white erasers, you know, for students. Rub the eraser all over the suede to lift dirt.
    Buy some Suede Protecter spray and a suede brush. After the eraser, use your suede brush in circles gently on the suede to raise the nap (fibres) Then spray lightly.

    For all your other leather, some quick tips:
    Buy Leather conditioner and some black polish (KIWI Creme polish Black)
    For all the brown/natural leather, wipe with a clean damp terrycloth to remove as much dirt as possible.
    Apply sparingly, leather lotion. Work in by hand. Let dry 15 min, brush w-clean brush, then buff with a clean cotton cloth.

    For the black leather, same as for brown, but when dry, apply the KIWI polish sparingly with a finger. Let dry 15min. Brush, then buff.

    Get yourself some Shoe Trees and use them. They will help restore and maintain the original shape of the shoes.
    If you have none, use crumpled newspaper for now.


    Finally....tell us more about yourself and your day to day lifestyle / activities and budget and we will help you select your next shoes.
    Thank you for taking the time to post all the photos! It helped us help you 100%
     

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