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Squared-toed Shoes

scarn15

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Just wondering what other people think of these Steve Madden shoes. I understand that these fall into the "dreaded" squared-toe shoe category, but these shoes do not look nearly as chunky as most others. Still a fashion faux pas? Your input is highly appreciated. Sorry in advance for the poor picture quality. =\\



 

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Originally Posted by scarn15
Just wondering what other people think of these Steve Madden shoes. I understand that these fall into the "dreaded" squared-toe shoe category, but these shoes do not look nearly as chunky as most others. Still a fashion faux pas? Your input is highly appreciated. Sorry in advance for the poor picture quality. =\\
Yes.
 

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Yes, they're pretty horrible
 

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^ Agent provocateur?
 

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Originally Posted by scarn15
Just wondering what other people think of these Steve Madden shoes. I understand that these fall into the "dreaded" squared-toe shoe category, but these shoes do not look nearly as chunky as most others. Still a fashion faux pas? Your input is highly appreciated. Sorry in advance for the poor picture quality. =\\




To me, square-toes will always be trendy, and eventually, completely passe' (much like disco shoes or those horrible, unstructured dancing shoes I used to wear with pastel Miami Vice suits in the 80s). There's no hope of them ever achieving "classic" status. That being said, I still say live and let live. I was at a funeral last week, and was appalled at what MOST of the men were wearing, from head to toe. I saw Doc Martens, Sketchers, and tennis shoes, all being worn with what the wearer undoubtedly considered "dress" clothes...not to mention a preponderance of white socks and polyester. I told my wife that if the state of American culture is in direct proportion to mens' sense of propriety in dress, we are disintegrating rapidly. My point is, had you been at that funeral, wearing these shoes, nicely polished and with a half-way decent gray suit, you would have been the second best-dressed man there. So don't lose any sleep over them.
 

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There are a couple of reasons that square toed shoes are not generally liked.

The least convincing is aesthetics. By the standards of quality shoes, which are generally sleeker, rounder or chiseled, they are boxy and, well, square. But really, that is just personal and cultural preference. Rather than classic styles, these type of shoes will have "fashion" attributes, and may look dated more rapidly. That's one of the purposes of fashion, to date quickly so that newer models need to be purchased.

The more convincing is quality of materials and construction. Square toed shoes are usually made form cheaper grades of leather, typically corrected grain. These are low grade hides with imperfections that are sanded down, then impressed with dye and pigments to make a false grain surface. This type of leather doesn't shine up as nicely, and it looks like hell once it starts to scuff or otherwise get damaged.

Generally, these type of shoes are glued together, and have rubber soles (which are not bad in and of themselves). The materials used to build the interior parts of the shoe, insoles, linings, etc, are cheap, often paper or scrap leather board, plastic, etc. This stuff does not hold up over time. I've read that one reason they are squared toed is that this is simpler and cheaper to mass produce than a more rounded or chiseled toe.

So, the squared toe indicates it's probably a shoe that was cheaply constructed of inferior materials. It will not hold up to wear as well as a better quality shoe, and I can say pretty definitively, it will not be as comfortable, or as supportive of your foot. T will wear out more quickly, and have to be replaced, and will go out of style much sooner.

A fashion faux pas? Who is the audience? If you are talking clubbing with 20 somethings, no, not really. If you are talking working in an environment where you shouldn't look like you are clubbing with 20 somethings, well, yeah, absolutely not something to put on your feet.

In the long run, as you buy new shoes, you will get more mileage out of classic and better constructed ones. You can find models of those that won't look too grandpa. That doesn't mean you have to throw these out right now, (unless you are over say 27, in that case, as above, kill them with fire), but I wouldn't buy any more like them.
 

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Im pleasantly surprised at the lack of rudeness here.

people probably just read the "gentleman" thread today
 

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They are just a bit Oompa-Loomaish.

Part of that is the square toe, part is the upturned profile.
 

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Originally Posted by scarn15
Just wondering what other people think of these Steve Madden shoes.

Your Steve Maddens are not the dreaded square toe. They are Chisled Toe. Chisle toed taper at the front of the toebox, as yours do. In other words, you're ok. Here are some examples of hideous Square Toed shoes.... http://www.google.com/images?um=1&hl...=&oq=&gs_rfai= Gucci
unbranded
unbranded
Another Steve Madden offering....
Let's put this into perspective. Within this fora are shoe afficianados, many of them multi-millionaires/billionaires who will reject the Steve Maddens on principle, not because they are chisled toe, but because they are low end and of inferior materials and workmanship. An example of a much higher quality shoe (at 3-4x the price of your Steve Maddens) is the 'Lowndes' by Crockett & Jones.
The Lowndes is a chisled toe, but as you can see, is far more stylish and of much higher quality materials and workmanship. StyleForum members will approve of the Lowndes for these reasons. On the street your Steve Maddens will get more respect than square toe. The bottom line is, they are perfectly fine for the outside world, but consider them as a casual shoe on death row. Never wear them with a suit if you can avoid it and never buy another pair like them again.
 

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Originally Posted by Man Of Lint
Your Steve Maddens are not the dreaded square toe. They are Chisled Toe.
Chisle toed taper at the front of the toebox, as yours do. In other words, you're ok.

Here are some examples of hideous Square Toed shoes....
http://www.google.com/images?um=1&hl...=&oq=&gs_rfai=

Gucci
http://www.lvguccishoes.com/images/Gucci%20Leather%20Shoes/gucci-leather-shoes-12.jpg[/img

unbranded
[img]http://alt.coxnewsweb.com/cnishared/tools/shared/mediahub/05/08/38/slideshow_1380856_badguy.1122-BH071.jpg[/img

unbranded
[img]http://static.letsbuyit.com/filer/images/uk/products/original/236/78/airflex-leather-square-toe-shoes-23678141.jpeg[/img

Another Steve Madden offering....
[img]http://www.shoesteal.com/productimages/Shoes_iAEC1086552.jpg[/img



Let's put this into perspective. Within this fora are shoe afficianados, many of them multi-millionaires/billionaires who will reject the Steve Maddens on principle, [U]not[/U] because they are chisled toe, but because they are low end and of inferior materials and workmanship.

An example of a much higher quality shoe (at 3-4x the price of your Steve Maddens)
is the 'Lowndes' by Crockett & Jones.

[img]http://www.crockettandjones.se/skor/monk%20shoes/b/lowndes-db.jpg[/img

The Lowndes is a chisled toe, but as you can see, is far more stylish and of much higher quality materials and workmanship. StyleForum members will approve of the Lowndes for these reasons.

On the street your Steve Maddens will get more respect than square toe. The bottom line is, they are perfectly fine for the outside world, but consider them as a casual shoe on death row. Never wear them with a suit if you can avoid it and never buy another pair like them again.[/I]

They are every bit as square toed as the horrible 'kill it with fire' shoes you posted. I don't know who your optometrist is, but you need a new one. Chisel toes are nice. Those are more ax toes.
 

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