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Semi-brogue or Cap toe?

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All, I'm looking for a versatile pair of black shoes to with trousers and a shirt as well as a full suit. Any thoughts on which would be preferred, the semi-brogue style or the cap toe? I'm referring to CT shoes, as the 50% off code is out there again, and I'm going to finally pull the trigger. Thanks for your help! Best Regards.
 

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Personally, I don't think cap toed shoes -- whether plain or brogued -- look particularly good with odd trousers and no jacket. I am probably in the minority on this, but to to me a cap toe is just too formal and demands a suit. Consider a pair of monk straps, which pair well with almost anything. Perhaps not the thing for a job interview or a funeral, but they can otherwise make the transition from shirt sleeves to suit coat very well.
 

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Thanks, well lets just say it'll be my FIRST pair of good shoes. So i'd like them to be versitile for now. Never really thought about monk straps, didn't think i could pull them off. but i'll have to give them a look. thanks!
 

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Originally Posted by Manton
Personally, I don't think cap toed shoes -- whether plain or brogued -- look particularly good with odd trousers and no jacket. I am probably in the minority on this, but to to me a cap toe is just too formal and demands a suit. Consider a pair of monk straps, which pair well with almost anything. Perhaps not the thing for a job interview or a funeral, but they can otherwise make the transition from shirt sleeves to suit coat very well.

I actually agree with this fully. Depends on what you need the shoes for, really. I tend to the conservative for such recommendations.

I will, however, admit a weakness for captoe bluchers.
 

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Originally Posted by Manton
Personally, I don't think cap toed shoes -- whether plain or brogued -- look particularly good with odd trousers and no jacket. I am probably in the minority on this, but to to me a cap toe is just too formal and demands a suit. Consider a pair of monk straps, which pair well with almost anything. Perhaps not the thing for a job interview or a funeral, but they can otherwise make the transition from shirt sleeves to suit coat very well.

I agree with this too. I'm a big fan of monkstraps and their versatility.
 

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I get away wearing dark brown and light tan cap toes with jeans, and from photos on SF, it's hardly bad to normal people.

However, after SF, I don't consider black cap toes versatile by any standard anymore.
 

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Originally Posted by Manton
Personally, I don't think cap toed shoes -- whether plain or brogued -- look particularly good with odd trousers and no jacket. I am probably in the minority on this, but to to me a cap toe is just too formal and demands a suit. Consider a pair of monk straps, which pair well with almost anything. Perhaps not the thing for a job interview or a funeral, but they can otherwise make the transition from shirt sleeves to suit coat very well.
I disagree, the Monk Strap is an advanced move and you might hurt yourself if you try this before you are ready. It's like trying a full-gainer when you've only yet just stopped holding your nose when you jump in the pool. Beware! I don't think black lace-ups crossover very well to jeans, ever. There are more dress occassions that will call for a somber lace-up, and a black cap toe is an excellent choice. You can opt out of any decorative perforation at the toe, and this shoe can go formal, too. The monk can't. Spend $400 or up on a great pair of lace-ups with a stitched welted sole, and keep them for when you are wearing a coat and tie. Get your self a pair of monk straps or slip-ons for business casual or going out in more casual clothes.
 

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