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Putting together a shoe wardrobe.

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

  1. ramuman

    ramuman Senior member

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

    In all fairness, you do have other shoes like your John Lobbs. People make it seem like you workout in the morning with Alden pair #1, goto work in #2, see a play in #3, and sleep in #4. The 5th of course being a backup.

    Also, that pic will not get old. Aportnoy has one end, you have the other.
     


  2. Benzito

    Benzito Senior member

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    Is it totally hokey to have the identical shoe in two different colors? I found a great deal on some black AE Dawsons (last year's, I assume) and went back a few days later and saw the same in brown and figured, what the heck (the second pair was even cheaper b/c they were seconds).

    I doubt anyone in the office would know unless I pointed it out, which is good and bad.
     


  3. John152

    John152 Well-Known Member

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    Is it totally hokey to have the identical show in two different colors? I found a great deal on some black AE Dawsons (last year's, I assume) and went back a few days later and saw the same in brown and figured, what the heck (the second pair was even cheaper b/c they were seconds).

    I doubt anyone in the office would know unless I pointed it out, which is good and bad.


    No, it's only acceptable if you have the same shoe in the same color and many times over. I think with this Mafoo should post the picture. [​IMG]
     


  4. Fuuma

    Fuuma Franchouillard Modasse

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    A shoe wardrobe=two pairs so that you don't wear the same pair everyday. The rest is just superfluous stuff that you should buy according to what you enjoy, almost no one cares. As for the styles you need it depends on restriction in your dress possibilities, your wardrobe and your personal taste. Some get by with cowboy boots only and are quite happy so it is a meaningless question.
     


  5. mafoofan

    mafoofan THE FOO Dubiously Honored

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    I can't live in defiance of the popular will.

    [​IMG]
     


  6. Benzito

    Benzito Senior member

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    Those can't all be your shoes. No trees? Or do you just wear them once and throw them out?
     


  7. gazman70k

    gazman70k Senior member

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    I can't live in defiance of the popular will.

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    I never grow tired of this picture. It has the familiarity that only an 80's sitcom like Mork and Mindy can offer (I grew up in the 80's but I suppose you can add your own era here).

    Could you please share their current state of wear? Please also share thoughts on whether they are aging differently and if so what characteristics and patina are they developing? Do you have a favourite pair? Conversely, do you have a pair that you dislike? Willl that pair become the beater pair (perhaps the pair you will wear into less than ideal situations like heavy rain or mowing the lawn).

    It would be also helpful for you to share the procedure by which you rotate them and if so, have you got a designated pair for each day of the week (which helps with giving them an identity or a name, so to speak). Which then leads me to ask whether or not you have developed an aversion to wearing Monday on a Wednesday and if so, does Monday become Wednesday. What happens then to Wednesday? Do your other shoes get the same amount of rotation or is this more an ad hoc decision made on the fly?
     


  8. LesterSnodgrass

    LesterSnodgrass Senior member

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    ^^^^^

    Lil Matt -- if your wife doesn't give you hell for paying $3k for five pairs of the same shoe . . . .
     


  9. luk-cha

    luk-cha Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Black plain or perf cap toe oxford

    brown calf or bordo shell full brogue

    chestnut or whisky colored norwegian

    then as top ups

    suede semi brogue

    chukka tan suede or mid brown calf

    penny loafer - unlined shell would be my preference
     


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    kev777 Senior member

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    Although theres no denying thats a wonderful shoe, everytime i see that pic i just cant help but thinking at least one village still has its idiot.................
     


  12. mimile

    mimile 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.


    For what use? And how much do you want to pay?
     


  13. furo

    furo Senior member

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    I wear an Alden captoe as my black shoe. Shell Cordovan blucher with double stacked soles. I really like the fact that they are built like tanks (you can see an example in my sig below).

    For brown I love my AE Park Ave's, but I also have a few others from AE, as well as an Alfred Sargent plaintoe (almost a wholecut).
     


  14. Big A

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    I can't live in defiance of the popular will.

    Nooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!

    At least it is semi-topical this time
     


  15. tattersall

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    Although theres no denying thats a wonderful shoe, everytime i see that pic i just cant help but thinking at least one village still has its idiot.................

    ...and every party has its pooper. You have to admire the man for knowing what he likes and sticking to his guns.
     


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