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Shoes in unusual patterns, designs or colours – recommendations?

Kropotkin

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Hi all,

Now, don't get mad at me, but I like formal-style shoes with a bit of pattern or an unusual sort of colour to them. If it helps to see the picture, I'm an academic, so my "smart" dress can be a lot more loose in terms of colour, pattern, etc than say buisness-wear, and I enjoy that freedom.

I would very much welcome recommendations for good shoemakers or brands that make shoes that match this description. The thing I've been finding is that the makers who go for such shoes tend to be relatively poor quality, and the good quality makers tend to go for fairly conservative styles and tastes. Ready availability in Europe would be a very agreeable bonus. Anything over €300 new will, sadly, be too much for me (unless I get very lucky at Cheltenham this week).

Here are some illustrations to help with what I mean:

rehab.jpeg

These shoes from Rehab are very much the kind of design or colour I am taking about, and indeed I bought a pair. They fell apart after less than a year, and the cobbler (who did an excellent job of fixing them) was very rude about the construction. So I want shoes a little like this, but better made.

barker.jpeg

I like these from Barker—pattern and colour are different but not too loud or crazy, and the brand is (so far as I understand) reputable. Unfortunately they are out of my size, but this is probably in the sweet spot.

As an illustration of what I find too much:


Quite apart from questions of shape and construction (I don't know enough about them to judge), most of these patterns would be excessive for my taste (I could probably get away with a couple of them).

Any recommendations or thoughts would be most welcome. Thanks!
 

jts287

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Allen Edmonds used to make the Leiden with a plaid wool pattern, and I think Mezlan has a bunch in the same vein too...
 

Kropotkin

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Thanks both! Allen Edmonds and Mezlan seem like things to try if/when I'm next in the USA—don't seem to be easily available in Europe. I had Cheaney down as fairly conservative, but I will investigate further.
 

paxonus

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Hi all,

Now, don't get mad at me, but I like formal-style shoes with a bit of pattern or an unusual sort of colour to them. If it helps to see the picture, I'm an academic, so my "smart" dress can be a lot more loose in terms of colour, pattern, etc than say buisness-wear, and I enjoy that freedom.

I would very much welcome recommendations for good shoemakers or brands that make shoes that match this description. The thing I've been finding is that the makers who go for such shoes tend to be relatively poor quality, and the good quality makers tend to go for fairly conservative styles and tastes. Ready availability in Europe would be a very agreeable bonus. Anything over €300 new will, sadly, be too much for me (unless I get very lucky at Cheltenham this week).

Here are some illustrations to help with what I mean:

View attachment 1352925
These shoes from Rehab are very much the kind of design or colour I am taking about, and indeed I bought a pair. They fell apart after less than a year, and the cobbler (who did an excellent job of fixing them) was very rude about the construction. So I want shoes a little like this, but better made.

View attachment 1352927
I like these from Barker—pattern and colour are different but not too loud or crazy, and the brand is (so far as I understand) reputable. Unfortunately they are out of my size, but this is probably in the sweet spot.

As an illustration of what I find too much:


Quite apart from questions of shape and construction (I don't know enough about them to judge), most of these patterns would be excessive for my taste (I could probably get away with a couple of them).

Any recommendations or thoughts would be most welcome. Thanks!
Look for Spectator shoes. Here is a nice selection:

https://www.herringshoes.co.uk/search.php?task=newSearch&nsFrom=0&nsLimit=24&country_id=44&sortBy=default&sortDir=desc&Tags[]=14&Tags[]=221&Types[]=1
 

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