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Recommend some shoes to me?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by cmrocks, Jun 14, 2006.

  1. cmrocks

    cmrocks Senior member

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    I would like to pick up two new pairs of shoes for the upcomming school year. I'm 20 years old and attending at UBC. I wear jeans probably 4 days a week and twill (or linen, depending on weather) pants the rest of the week. It cools off enough here to allow sweaters or jackets to be worn probably 8 months of the year so I have quite a few of those. I have two jackets I wear a lot, a navy peacoat and a dark grey moto jacket. Most of my sweaters are black, grey or other dark colors.

    Unless you guys can convice me otherwise, I want to get a pair of brogued oxfords and a pair of suede moccasins. Does that sound like a good enough to cover most casual situations? I do have a pair of black and brown captoe dress shoes for other occasions.

    I'm really struggling with colors. I would like shoes that will go with most everything I own and I DON'T want black shoes (unless they are sneakers). It seems like brown is highly recommended. Would it be better to get the oxfords or moccasins in brown? I'm leaning towards the oxfords. For the moccasins, I was thinking about some kind of tan color that would still go well with black and grey. Any suggestions?
     
  2. thinman

    thinman Senior member

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    I suggest you consider chelsea boots instead of the brogued oxfords. Chelseas look great with jeans and work for clubbing. The brogued oxfords may be more versatile, but you already have black and brown captoes to cover situations where oxfords would work and chelsea boots wouldn't.

    Slip-ons would give you diversity in your shoe wardrobe and are a great idea.

    I would suggest some shade of brown/tan for both shoes. I rarely buy black shoes anymore, as I find the antiquing on brown shoes, as well as the many possible shades of brown, much more interesting. Cordovan is also a possibility. If I were in your situation, I would probably buy dark brown chelsea boots and lighter brown, perhaps tan, loafers.

    Edit: Brown/tan won't coordinate well with black trousers, but could look OK with a black sweater, given the distance between them.
     
  3. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    If most of your clothes are dark neutrals, tan loafers are going to bring the eye downward. You probably don't want to do that. Then the alternative is to go with a medium shade of brown.
     
  4. cmrocks

    cmrocks Senior member

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    Thanks guys,

    I'll look into getting a pair of more casual brown boots. In the pictures I have seen, they always look great paired with jeans. An extra inch or two in height can't hurt either.

    I really want to get a pair of moccasisn though. What color would you recommend? I would like something other than brown. Is grey suede a possibility?

    What about oxblood colored boots and brown suede loafers? I really need help here.
     
  5. skalogre

    skalogre Senior member

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    Thanks guys,

    I'll look into getting a pair of more casual brown boots. In the pictures I have seen, they always look great paired with jeans. An extra inch or two in height can't hurt either.

    I really want to get a pair of moccasisn though. What color would you recommend? I would like something other than brown. Is grey suede a possibility?

    What about oxblood colored boots and brown suede loafers? I really need help here.


    First of all a disclaimer. I never wear loafers; I dislike them with a passion. My scale of evil (sorry Bill Bailey!) in ascending order: plain loafer - mocassin - tassle loafer - mocassin tassle loafer.

    Anyway, from there, oxblood-coloured boots sound good to me but a little mroe towards dark weathered burgundy, as do country boots and army boots (older ones - NOT the style used by the British & US military nowadays). City boots like the Edward Greens are very nice and I have a weakness for brogueing.
     

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