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Spectator shoes.

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by LabelKing, Jun 11, 2007.

  1. LabelKing

    LabelKing Stylish Dinosaur

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    I hardly see anyone wear them and yet almost every high-end manufacturer inevitably has a spectator model in their seasonal catalogs.

    Is there some sort of historical prestige which accords the spectator a permanent place in shoemakers' catalogs? I can't imagine they sell that well.
     


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    Maybe they keep only one pair of each size in their warehouses just in case. [​IMG]
     


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    I hardly see anyone wear them and yet almost every high-end manufacturer inevitably has a spectator model in their seasonal catalogs.

    Is there some sort of historical prestige which accords the spectator a permanent place in shoemakers' catalogs? I can't imagine they sell that well.


    I often wear spectators as seen in the two examples below,

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    C&J for Peals. Love these shoes.

    And a Borgioli take on the spectator.

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  4. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Distinguished Member

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    I own a few and never enjoy wearing them. They sort of sit in my closet as curiosities.
     


  5. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    I often wear spectators as seen in the two examples below,

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    C&J for Peals. Love these shoes


    They do indeed look nice.
     


  6. LabelKing

    LabelKing Stylish Dinosaur

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    I'm sure we're in the minority here though.

    I used to have a pair of Spanish white calfskin and blue suede spectators and I just bought a pair of Moreschi cognac and caramel spectator wingtips; and yet our own purchases don't represent mass demographics.
     


  7. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    I love specs and wear my wo pairs semi-frequently in warm weather.
     


  8. acidboy

    acidboy Stylish Dinosaur

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    I bought this pair of Church's almost a year ago, and been wearing it regulary (save for rainy days) in casual situations. I even wear them with dark denim trousers. I guess it is just a matter of opinion, but I've been liking spectators since way back when and buying this pair was a treat for me. [​IMG]
     


  9. j

    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    I often wear spectators as seen in the two examples below,

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    C&J for Peals. Love these shoes.


    Those look really similar to my N&Ls:

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    Are the numbers inside yours anything like "8321 10E 297 / K18451"? I'm still not sure who made these, but they are excellent with channeled soles and very good finishing all around.

    I wore these when I was in Hawaii in January. I keep meaning to wear them with jeans as well, but really just forget. I got compliments the one time I did wear them.

    Edit: upon further review, it appears 297 is a C&J last, and the finishing is consistent with C&J handgrades. So I guess that does it.
     


  10. mr monty

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    I have several pair and wear them during the summer season. Usually with linen trousers.
     


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    I get a loot of looks in the street and everywhere when I wear my spectators... If you are looking to turn heads they are the ones...
     


  12. The Style Council

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    OK, I'm confused.... (doesn't take a lot)


    What denotes that a shoe is a spectator? I thought that they would be a brogue shoe of two differing shades of colours.


    But, iammatt posted a picture of these beauties, and I have seen similar, which were referred to as 'spectators'. These (this style) I wouldn't hesitate to wear, but, the two tone brogues is a big no no in my book and should only be worn with a zoot suit. (IMO).



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    Anyone for quick history lesson on 'spectator' shoes?



    TSC
     




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    Will Distinguished Member Dubiously Honored

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    I have a pair of brogues that I wear with linen suits and my next order will be a pair of casual specs.
     


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