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shoe advice: you guys are good at giving it

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by dhinggok, Jul 17, 2006.

  1. mikee

    mikee Well-Known Member

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  2. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Senior member

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    John Varvatos has great shoes and boots that go with jeans and suits too. Some are rather edgy and are versions of standard designs with a twist.
     
  3. skalogre

    skalogre Senior member

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    I have these Future Cats, I like them. Had to size up though. WHat other sorts of boots do you like?
     
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    I own a pair of Chocolate Brown and Clay Red Speed Cats, they are very comfortable but suck if you plan to walk around on the street a lot. with that thin sole you feel every crack and crease in the ground. I think the FutureCats are pretty cool too. They stand out with the off center laces and split heel.
     
  5. dhinggok

    dhinggok Senior member

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    So, basically you think that the mocs and the Dunks and/or Speedcats are the best combo? If that is the case, what do you think about the Banana Republic Urban driving loafer :
    http://www.bananarepublic.com/browse...scid=226984002

    You said that the driving shoes wear out quickly, but this seems to have added support. I really, really like the J. Crew Milbrook penny loafers, but they only come in dark brown and I would ideally wear them with my black velvet blazer from Theory, which I highly recommend, or my pinstriped blazer, or possibly my plain dark blue blazer. Thus, I feel like I need black shoes, right?
     
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    cheapmutha Senior member

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    i really dont like those br shoes.... too square and too black
     
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    Since you mentioned the Milbrook I have to add this as another option. [​IMG] It's from http://www.quoddytrail.com/index.html handsewn in Maine, you choose the leather. They're largely made to order and (others have told me) you can choose to delete the heel foxing or slightly change other details. Resoleable for cheap and top quality leather. They should last you for years if they are a look that you like. They also have a venetian loafer style if you prefer that. [​IMG] You can get both shoes in black, brown or cinnamon. Let me know if I'm getting a little too trad for any of you. [​IMG]
     
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    hmmm.... maybe im trad at heart, but i like those. would look good with some vintage 501s.
     
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    Again, you're probably not going to offend anyone at school wearing those BR loafers, but I don't like them. That velvet jacket might go well with a pair of those Nort SF dunks, though.

    Since whoever posted the Quoddy Trail link on AA (you, familyman?) I've really dug their 3-eyelet boat shoes.
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    More Trad than dhinggok is looking for, I'm betting. (Un)fortunately, I just bought a pair of J Crew's 2-eyelets for $30.
     
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    The first shoe is the full strap penny. I'll be ordering a pair in about 6 weeks. The only hitch with Quoddy Trail is that it's only a couple of guys in Maine hand sewing shoes so delivery time can be a bit long. Like 1-2 months.
     
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    So, basically you think that the mocs and the Dunks and/or Speedcats are the best combo? If that is the case, what do you think about the Banana Republic Urban driving loafer :
    http://www.bananarepublic.com/browse...scid=226984002

    You said that the driving shoes wear out quickly, but this seems to have added support. I really, really like the J. Crew Milbrook penny loafers, but they only come in dark brown and I would ideally wear them with my black velvet blazer from Theory, which I highly recommend, or my pinstriped blazer, or possibly my plain dark blue blazer. Thus, I feel like I need black shoes, right?



    I'm not fond of those. They look like those tempurpedic shoes from Brookstone.
     
  12. dhinggok

    dhinggok Senior member

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    I found boots that I like. Here they are:
    http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/...=1153350562890

    Now I have two problems. One, they are out of my budget. Two, I would be giving up both the Puma Speedcat US Editions and the Nike Dunks for them and I don't know if that is good trade off or not? If I was working and a little bit older and in a different environment, this wouldn't be a question, I would go with the boots. However, I am 18 and in college, so it is a question and a very hard one at that. Especially given that it is slightly out of my budget.
     
  13. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    I saw those exact boots at Nordstrom Rack for $129.
     
  14. familyman

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    Decide if you can wear that boot every day. Is your style such that it would look at home with your clothes? It's a pretty expensive boot for an 18 year old if you'd only be wearing it a couple of times a week. I'll admit here that I'm generally against the idea of designer boots so I do have a bias. For the same price you could get this boot from Alden and I think you'd have better construction and access to Alden's recrafting service. It's a boot that would last you more than a decade. [​IMG] I'm ok with designers for clothes for the most part and I understand the markup on them, but with shoes and boots I think money is best spent with shoe and boot makers proper.
     
  15. drizzt3117

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    I'm rather fond of Varvatos boots and shoes for the most part. As I commented before, the construction looks pretty good. One thing you might want to keep in mind though is if you're talking about Varvatos is that a lot of his footwear is pretty soft and comfortable and might not be incredibly durable for NE winters.
     
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    The one thing that's always confused me about this forum is the love for dry denim and breaking it in yourself so the distressing is 'real' and 'genuine' and then one thread over the love for pre-distressed boots. I understand that boots take WAY longer to really break in and show wear, but they also last much longer and are less fickle style wise.
    I tend to agree. If I had my choice of paying a couple hundred doillars for dry denim or a pair of Red Wings, I'd choose the latter. It's the better investment long-term.
     
  17. hrvatsko

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    anyone here wear aldo's? was in their store recently for the first time, they have some decent looking boots and casual shoes. the boots are mostly made in italy, shoes romania and china :/ i kinda like these, on sale for $60: [​IMG] also thinking about these kenneth cole sneakers, made in italy: http://www.kennethcole.com/scripts/s...&g=m&store=kcl
     
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    Aldo shoes are garbage. They're disposable at best. I also think that sneaker is quite ugly and reeks of Italian eurotrash, but that's just me.
     
  19. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    I'm not fond of that sneaker. You can likely get something of nicer quality and IMO better design elsewhere for less than $60 USD.
     

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