Square Toe Appropriate?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Jigglypuff, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. Jigglypuff

    Jigglypuff Member

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    http://bostonian.clarksusa.com/eng/product/laureate/25860

    I know square toe's can be frowned upon, but for a business casual setting and for comfort reasons im looking for an afforable slip on with a tie bar like the one listed above. I dont think ive ever seen a cap toe for a slip on like the one listed above. Any suggestions for a better looking shoe? Opinions on the one listed above. Dont mind the neophyteness, Thanks all.
     


  2. YRR92

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    On a shoe, it's called a "bit," not a tie bar. The originals were Gucci's claim to fame, and they used an actual horsebit. That particular shoe doesn't have a captoe, it has an unusually reserved toe seam. That shoe is square-toed and awful. I don't see the point to buying a casual shoe that you couldn't wear with khakis, either.

    Cheap, casual, comfortable shoe = Bass Weejun. There is no cheaper shoe that's worth wearing (if you buy them at the outlet price of $50-$70 bucks). Only buy the leather-soled version, though. The leather and workmanship really aren't that good, but they're nicer than Bostonians, that's for sure. Cole Haan has some pretty nice loafers, too, though not much better than Bass. If you want a bit loafer, and a shoe that's a cut above those two, you might consider Dexter 1957 -- American-made, full-grain leather. I don't own a pair myself, but I've heard good things about the quality.

    If your budget extends north of that, go for Allen Edmonds -- actual decent shoes.
     
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    If you're going for comfort, you can do better. YRR mentioned the part about the horse-bit, which I'm glad he did.

    Grenadier - the OP posted a pair of shoes that could be had at DSW, and you're posting shell cordovan? Come on. That is like if I asked for opinions on Hugo Boss and you recommended switching to Attolini.
     


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    That's a dman ugly shoe, try something else.
     


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    Meermin is the mov, imo. They make the most stylish best made shoes for the money. AE is acceptable quality, but could be mistaken for orthopedic shoes in most cases.
     


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    Asks for affordable slip ons with bit, gets tassel loafers and 650$ penny loafers without bit.
     


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