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Putting together a shoe wardrobe.

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by BareSolid, Aug 16, 2009.

  1. BareSolid

    BareSolid Senior member

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    I am starting to build a smart shoe wardrobe.
    What are the most important styles and colours needed?
    I am thinking
    - a black pair of Oxford shoes
    - brown or burgundy brogues

    What else? I want a black pair, a brown pair and a burgundy pair but where to start?
    If you could suggest three of the most 'vital' styles in colours, bearing in mind I shall be starting in the autumn, I'd be very grateful.
     


  2. EricE.

    EricE. Senior member

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    three most important shoes IMHO:
    1. double monkstrap (black or dark brown)
    2. chukka (whatever color)
    3. brogued captoe derby (light brown)

    no specific order

    and of course if you already have the shoes that you have mentioned
     


  3. BareSolid

    BareSolid Senior member

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    three most important shoes IMHO:
    1. double monkstrap (black or dark brown)
    2. chukka (whatever color)
    3. brogued captoe derby (light brown)

    no specific order

    and of course if you already have the shoes that you have mentioned


    Thanks for the reply. I can't say I like chukka boots. Does anyone have any opinion on an appropriate colour for loafers?
     


  4. Ziss

    Ziss Senior member

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    It depends a bit on the climate where you live. Assuming you get rain and snow in the winter, and you'll start this autumn, I'd suggest you start with rubber soled shoes.

    In my opinion, a good starter wardrobe would be something like:

    3 lighter colored leather soled shoes for spring/summer
    1 pair of black oxfords for formal wear
    2 rubber soled shoes for spring/autumn
    2 rubber soled boots for autumn/winter

    ...something like that.
     


  5. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    Black Cap toe interview shoes - you wont wear them much, but they're necessary.

    Brown lace-up shoes - Cap toe, brogue, wingtip

    Brown Loafers, Penny's, tassels, bits, English.
     


  6. RUSSBHEEZ

    RUSSBHEEZ Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the reply. I can't say I like chukka boots. Does anyone have any opinion on an appropriate colour for loafers?


    brown, or black


    http://www.russbheez.com
     


  7. mkarim

    mkarim Senior member

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    A pair of burgundy loafers would also be versatile.
     


  8. hendrix

    hendrix Ill-proportioned

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    I'm sort of in the same boat, but i've picked up a couple of things from the Buying and Selling section.

    The way i see it:
    1) Black captoe oxford/balmoral (for job interviews, funerals, formal occasions)
    2) Brown Monkstrap or brogue (both very versatile)
    3) Brown suede chukka boots - again, very versatile, but slightly more casual.
     


  9. kolecho

    kolecho Senior member

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    1) Black plain cap toe in calf
    2) Bordeaux wingtip oxford or derby in shell cordovan
    3) Double monk or loafer in mid brown suede (loafer if you live in warmer climate)
     


  10. BareSolid

    BareSolid Senior member

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    Thanks all for the advice.

    A few things
    - I'm in a cold and wet climate but I still prefer not to wear rubber soles unless I am wearing plimsols at the gym.
    - I like the idea of getting a pair of brown monk shoes and brogues, perhaps the latter darker than the former (tan monks and dark brown brogues, perhaps?).
    - I have been curious at all these mentions of wearing black Oxfords to formal occasions, on the few times that I have worn white tie I have worn my beloved court shoes (opera pumps). They are also useful for black tie.
    - I might get some loafers but I'm still undecided, and it must be stated that nobody wears cordovan in England.
     


  11. chorse123

    chorse123 Senior member

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    Brown over burgundy. I'd go with:

    Black captoes
    Brown half brogues

    Then, in order,

    Suede chukkas or wingtips
    Tan captoes
    Brown monks (single or double)
     


  12. BareSolid

    BareSolid Senior member

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    Brown over burgundy. I'd go with:

    Black captoes
    Brown half brogues

    Then, in order,

    Suede chukkas or wingtips
    Tan captoes
    Brown monks (single or double)

    Ah... thanks! Suede brogues, eh? What colour? Do you think dark brown will be more versatile than black, light brown or tobacco?
     


  13. NakedYoga

    NakedYoga Senior member

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    Mafoofan has a very efficient solution to your predicament.
     


  14. ginlimetonic

    ginlimetonic Senior member

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    on the few times that I have worn white tie I have worn my beloved court shoes (opera pumps)​
    drench in gasoline and set alight. Nothing a pair of black wingtips can't replace i'm also starting to build a shoe warddrobe. after purchasing 1 pair made to measure that looks similar to John Lobb 04, i'm thinking of getting 1 burgundy, 1 in dark brown calfskin like these pictures. (shoes in pictures are NOT mine)
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  15. mafoofan

    mafoofan THE FOO Dubiously Honored

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    Mafoofan has a very efficient solution to your predicament.

    Don't tempt me to post the photo again. The blame will be on your head.
     


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