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2quiet

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Hi everyone!

New here, and wondering if you might be able to enlighten me as to what an 'elegant' shoe silhouette might look like. I hardly know what a shoe silhouette is to begin with, let alone how to determine the comparative quality of different ones. My interest is in regard to formal shoes to be worn with a dinner jacket / tuxedo. Any info would be very much appreciated.

Thank you all for your time.
 

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You might argue that elegant is subjective to some extent, but with some underlying principles.

I'd suggest that for wearing with dinner jacket/tuxedo, that's irrelevant. You wear a traditional silhouette, period.
 

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Originally Posted by 2quiet
Hi everyone!

New here, and wondering if you might be able to enlighten me as to what an 'elegant' shoe silhouette might look like. I hardly know what a shoe silhouette is to begin with, let alone how to determine the comparative quality of different ones. My interest is in regard to formal shoes to be worn with a dinner jacket / tuxedo. Any info would be very much appreciated.

Thank you all for your time.


Patent Leather bowed pumps.

 

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If only I could find some bowed pumps which I could afford (student - next to no income). Am on the lookout on trading boards and eBay, so hoping!

Otherwise, what makes a 'traditional' silhouette? Other than those pupms am looking at oxfords (preferably balmoral), but even within those paramaters there seems to be quite a range of silhouette. Was just wondering how to tell the finer parts of that.

Thank you for replies!
 

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Originally Posted by 2quiet
If only I could find some bowed pumps which I could afford (student - next to no income). Am on the lookout on trading boards and eBay, so hoping!

Otherwise, what makes a 'traditional' silhouette? Other than those pupms am looking at oxfords (preferably balmoral), but even within those paramaters there seems to be quite a range of silhouette. Was just wondering how to tell the finer parts of that.

Thank you for replies!


I have seen some amazing Church, and Edward Green ones on ebay. Much cheaper than retail.
 

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http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI....RK:MESINDXX:IT This is about the only round toed shoe I've been able to find in (what I believe to be) genuine patent leather outside of retail AEs. Curious what you think. Otherwise there are a few nice calfskin shoes around, but feel I probably prefer the patent. Still, not in a hurry to get them, so I can wait out ebay for longer, I've really only just started looking. Thanks again.
 

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"Elegant" generally means sleek, slim. For example, the opera pumps above vs. bulky Nike sneakers. Chunky sole, square toes, etc., are not "elegant." Extra aesthetic details - such as wingtips - also work against elegance, bows notwithstanding.
 

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