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Mercurio

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I own two pairs and am a fan––they are a strange shoe in that they are perhaps too "formal" to work with casual pants but they also have thick rubber soles and other details that make them a little too "doc marten like" to be a straight swap for a pair of actual dress shoes.
Those "Doc Marten" like details are part of their Norwegian stitch, that makes those shoes quite appropriate for wet weather, same as the ones from Heschung, another quality French shoe and boots brand.
 

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Current leather shoe wardrobe:

Thinking of getting some Paraboot Michaels, but unsure about the color. Considering:

Interested in what people would pick, but especially interested in the why: how do you go about picking shoe color in a casual wardrobe?

In this case:
  • I'm excluding black because I'd like my next black shoe to be slimmer, either a side-zip or a loafer of some kind.
  • I'm excluding brighter browns: I already have trouble wearing those Buttero Floyd I've included in the list. They are almost tan, quite saturated, surprisingly hard to include in an outfit.
  • I think all options I'm considering could work 🤷🏻 hard to go wrong. Leaning towards Lisse marron (because of the reddish color) or Bison (because I don't have a grained shoe).
Ha, that's my pic of my old buttero back zips in the top right. They're off with @conceptual 4est in Japan now 🙏

Also, I just got a pair of the brown bisons. They are sick. Get the bison, such a dope grain pattern.
 

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Yeah that one is awesome. Love the pile. I assume it's pretty hard to find?
Pretty easy. Just search eBay for "vintage Patagonia retro fleece" or "vintage Patagonia deep pile fleece." They are more expensive than the modern version though.
 

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I only got one (1) thumb for this and it was from @gdl203 who I suspect is positioned on Patagonia fleeces, so I can't really trust him.

Anyone else want to chime in?
The Patagonia Retro X is a stone cold classic, as DWW said it's akin to Levis 501s. No Uniqlo fleece even a WM collab comes anywhere near it. There are a million versions by almost every brand with the contrast pocket etc but they are all essentially inspired by the Retro X.
 

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I bought that exact fleece recently on a trip to Banff and I love it. It has a polyester lining inside that feels a bit plasticky but it seems to help with keeping it dry from sweat. I reach for it a lot when going for walks around the neighbourhood but that specific colour has a very outdoorsy vibe so I think I would feel a bit self conscious wearing on a subway or something.
 

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