Streamlined Shoe Wardrobe

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Manton, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. aravenel

    aravenel Senior member

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    Manton, I don't share your aversion to oxfords with an odd jacket, but they would need to have brogueing and be of a color that is less formal--walnut for instance.
     


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    Manton, your rules would seem to suggest that someone who works in a business casual environment and wears a suit or blazer and greys maybe once a week should pretty much only ever wear brown shoes, with maybe one pair of black oxfords when wearing a suit. Then again, they also seem to assume regular wearing of suits or odd jackets and ties. Am I reading this right or is there a different way of looking at this if less formal clothing is your norm // some sort of case for CBCD (conservative business casual dress)?
     


  3. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    These are not rules. This thread is about, how can you stretch your shoe dollar really far and still cover everything AND be stylish?

    Yes, it assumes you wear suits, at least sometimes. If you literally never, ever do, then you can skip the oxfords.
     


  4. aravenel

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    Clearly one is going to have to tailor the list to your circumstances. If you only wear a suit once a month, you are going to need more casual brown shoes. If you wear only suits, you'll need more formal oxfords, probably in black.

    Though I'd argue that everyone, no matter what, should own a pair of black captoe oxfords, even if they aren't worn very often. It's one of those things that there's not a great substitute for IMO.
     


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    I am slightly embarassed to say that I don't own a pair. I have a pair of black plain-toe balmorals that I bought for black tie. I sometimes wear these with charcoal suits, but I don't work in an environment that is extremely formal. I don't go to board meetings and haven't been on an interview in some time. In other instances wear black shoes are preferred, like evenings out and weddings, I like the plain-toe better anyway, as it is not as business-y.

    If I find that I need a pair, I suppose I will buy them, though I'm not going to go get them now so they can sit in my closet.
     


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    Do you mean blucher? A balmoral is another word for oxford. I'll assume you mean blucher...

    See, a black plain toe blucher is a weird creature to me. It's very formal in that it's black and with very few embellishments, but it's informal in that it's a blucher. I'd definitely argue that a black cap-toe oxford would be superior here.

    Since you have it already, I'm sure most people wouldn't know the difference, and if it's a nice shoe, you're already doing better than 95% of the people out there. But I'd definitely prefer an oxford here.
     
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    No, it is a balmoral/oxford: http://www.kentwang.com/shoes/benchgrade-plaintoe-balmoral.html
     
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    I do understand the point of the thread and think it's a helpful post / discussion. I probably overstated things a little by referring to "rules."

    I'm more curious to see whether the same black is for suits // blazers and greys premise applies equally when one's everyday clothing is a bit more casual or if a certain amount of suit wearing was an assumption that went into that premise. In other words, are there only very few (or no) circumstances in which one might stylishly wear black shoes in a casual context (say odd jacket and trousers, no tie) // is brown is clearly superior for such casual purposes.
     
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    Ah, OK. In that case, I really just prefer the look of an unadorned captoe as opposed to a plaintoe. Plain is just *too* formal for me outside of black tie, and reduces the utility of the shoe.

    But this shoe fills largely the same role, so I'd say you checked the box of "formal black shoe appropriate for interviews, weddings, funerals, etc".
     
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    Makes sense, I think someone who also lives the CM style in all parts of their life would wear cords/chinos/raw jeans w. a BDs and, say, a tweed SC so I'd add maybe 2 other pairs:

    -brown chelseas (if you don't like boots get suede shoes instead)
    -the aforementionned thick Mitteleuropean blucher, maybe in grainy leather, certainly in mid to light brown.
     
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    :puzzled:

    I always thought suede was an all season leather.

    Especially the unlined kind?
     


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    Two types of unlined suede shoes came to mind: unlined suede chukka, which does not work well in summer. And unlined suede loafers, which is again easily and better replaced with drivers/slippers in summer.
     


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    +1

    CM? Conservative Menswear? [​IMG]
    CM? Casual Menswear? [​IMG]
     


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    Classic Menswear.
     


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