Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Manton, Mar 5, 2013.
why all the rules?
Think I've broken all of these rules already and I'm only 22. Does that mean I'm gonna be wearing bright purple shoes in two years?
calf doesn't take burg dye well. It always looks plasticy and fake to me. Shell is ideal for burg.
I would say that's accurate - it's the proportion of the ankle to the shoe that can make them look unnatural.
I think there was a similar thread not long ago, but this is something I've been considering more of late. I like Manton's list, but I feel like thick soles can make anyone look like a sped, so I'd swap those out for something more casual like a suede chukka or even a poor weather shoe like the C&J Exmoor.
I have totally converted from the chisel toe to the round toe.
In fact, I have a pair of U-last Vass that I need to sell.
Generally agree, but...counterpoint (although definitely not to be in a 6-shoe wardrobe):
You're being redicoulous.
I'll have to pretty much agree with that, you need to pairs of shoes:
Someone that only wears CM for office work and has to be very dressed up should replace the brown wingtip with a black pair. In fact a major advice for SF readers would be to embrace black shoes. Another point specific to SF would be to stop with the super sleek and eccentric shoes with comparatively sedate suits; there can be no part-time or halfway dandies, go hard or go home.
The rest is optional or for specific usage (say something for black tie). I don't follow that advice but then this thread is the little brother of the good taste thread not the maximalist, clotheshorse or fashion whore thread.
I like the F-last myself, fancy toes only go well on things like Corthay, if you like such a thing (very IMHO, not something anyone has to agree with me on).
Couldn't agree more. Brown shoes can be lovely, but black is a safer choice in many circumstances IMO. A well shined pair can also be extremely sleek and elegant and I tend to like them better in the evening (I am not going to put on a suit and tie to grab a burger and beer at my local pub). I understand the love of brown shoes on this forum, but I think many people here overrate them compared to black shoes.
If you guys want to wear burg calf, be my guest.
Foo and fuuma, your list doesn't work for me because I have a strong aversion to oxfords with odd jackets.
Depends on the context. If you wear lots of suits, black shoes are great and do indeed go with a lot. If you mostly wear sportcoats, I find black shoes to be far less than ideal--brown almost always works better.
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