Red Wing Oxfords with a Suit

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  1. kayumochi

    kayumochi Active Member

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    Most of you know that Red Wing makes a number of Oxford models and that even Nordstrom carries some of them. Walked over to Nordstrom today at lunch and found the 8051, 8052 and 8053 are only sold in their online store. The salesperson sniffed at my thought of wearing them with a suit when he took a look at them online. Maybe he is right. The 9042 and the 9043 are also Oxfords and could possibly be worn with a suit. Not sure what J Crew is doing with Red Wing Oxfords as the store here is closed for remodeling but the website shows only boots. Any thoughts?

    http://www.redwingheritage.com/boots
     


  2. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

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    You can, of course, wear any footgear you want with a suit. However, I personally would not wear any of those shoes with a suit--simply too casual. That said, they are no worse than the blunt-toed, rubber-soled atrocities I all too frequently see worn with suits these days.

    The shoes in question would probably be quite acceptable in most business casual environments...or so it seems to me.
     


  3. FlyingMonkey

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    This kind of thing is pretty common in more 'rugged' casual suit combinations. JLibourel is no doubt refering to standard CBD-type suits when he says that these don't really go - in that combination I would agree that you'd be better off with a more conventional type of business shoe. It's not that it would be completely beyond the pale, but just other shoes would be much better. But with a something a bit rougher and tougher (tweeds, twills, or other kinds of more casual fabrics and cuts), I don't see any problem.
     


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    I wouldn't, but I've seen much worse.
     


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    They have a "security detail" air about them.
    Do you work in security?
     


  6. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

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    The same thought crossed my mind, but--no offense intended to the OP--I just figured any guy who was sartorially sophisticated enough to be into things like tweed casual suits wouldn't be asking the question to begin with...and would want something a tad more elegant.

    Not that I have anything against Red Wings--I've had a a couple of pairs of their Irish Setter boots that gave me excellent service for many a year. My last pair was destroyed by my Tosa bitch Jessie some years back.
     


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    I always learn something new on SF. I had never heard of the Tosa breed. Sounds like the antithesis
    of miniature Poodles. Our most recent one died nearly a year ago at 16 1/2 .
     


  8. kayumochi

    kayumochi Active Member

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    I work in a casual business environment and usually wear Red Wing Beckham or Iron Ranger boots with dark, raw selvedge denim to work adding a blazer or sweater when necessary. Don't wear a suit so often these days (and don't really miss it) but when I do was hoping to find a shoe, not a boot, that I could wear with jeans as well ... I want fewer clothes these days and am looking to streamline my wardrobe.
     


  9. YRR92

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    Better to have a dressy shoe with jeans than a clunky shoe with a suit. I'll wear brown half-brogues with pretty much anything.
     


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    True. I am trying to pare down my wardrobe to only those essential, well-made items. Will give the half-brogues consideration.
     


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