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

  1. jrd617

    jrd617 Stylish Dinosaur

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    Interesting, I'll have to try this. My burgundy calf shoes look like they're infused with polystyrene. Do you find that this helps them to look less shiny?
     


  2. dopey

    dopey Stylish Dinosaur Dubiously Honored

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    Shininess was never the problem with mine. It was that the burgundy calf looked flat, dull and lifeless.
     


  3. mymil

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    Vass Old English F Last

    I agree, it could work with a suit—I just don't wear them! I think for those who don't need to do CBD, it's very versatile.
     


  4. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Distinguished Member

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    :cheers:

    The North by Northwest look is truly a classic. :)
     


  5. chogall

    chogall Distinguished Member

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    Thank you.
     


  6. glenjay

    glenjay Senior Member

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    I am familiar with a quarter brogue, half brogue, and full brogue, and I know the difference. But, I'm not sure what a punch cap is. Is this a cap toe with a medallion and no broguing on the cap seam?
     


  7. Leaves

    Leaves Affiliate Vendor Affiliate Vendor

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    I've never used the term quarter brogue personally, only semi brogue and full brogue (or just brogue).

    Punch(ed) cap toe:
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  8. Patrick R

    Patrick R Distinguished Member

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    From a similar thread a couple of weeks ago where we were limited to 5 shoes:

    Since I get to add a sixth for this thread, I'd throw in my black stitch caps:
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  9. glenjay

    glenjay Senior Member

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    Thanks Leaves, I thought I was missing something. So it would seem that a punch cap toe is the same as a quarter brogue. I think the delineation of quarter brogue is more accurate than punch cap, so I will continue to use that. :satisfied:
     


  10. Fred G. Unn

    Fred G. Unn Distinguished Member

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    Nice Patrick, this thread needs more pics. I'd include my RL Marlows too. If limited to 6 from my actual current closet (instead of a hypothetical), these are what I'd probably grab:

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    RL Marlow, C&J Hallam, C&J Westbourne (chestnut, although a true burgundy shoe might be better here), AE Malverns, Peal (Sargent) suede caps, C&J Lowndes. I'm not expecting much love around here for that last one, but I actually wear it a lot and can dress it up or down. I rarely wear loafers so I could do without 'em. A pair of beater boots with a Dainte sole would be nice to add though, like my Loake Litchfields below.

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  11. globetrotter

    globetrotter Stylish Dinosaur

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    black cord ankle boots
    wholecut with medalian
    full brogue
    austerity brogue
    split toe nowegian


    for summer
    black calf perferated ankle boot
    black woven leather with solid cap toe ankle boot

    for winter
    black shearning lined side zip calf ankle boot

    casual
    black redwings cord boot
    gray dessert boot
    black kangaroo rm williams

    black shearling boot

    black canvas doc marten ankle boot
    black canvas paladium boot
     


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    Patrick - love the shell shortwings.
     


  13. AldenPyle

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    Necessity?

    In any case, this is a good idea. I will try it on some calf pennies which have grown too purple (which I think might be the real danger of burgundy calf).
     


  14. NORE

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    Having only read the OP I say:

    1) Had them, they saw very little wear so they had to go.
    2) My go-to shoe (EG Midford dark oak antique)
    3) No thick soles for me. I don't walk enough to warrant them
    4) No monks for me, buckles are for pilgrims and the amish
    5) Polo tan tassels (C&J/RL Redway)
    6) No suede oxfords for me, they just didn't pair well with anything I own

    As to the basic principles:

    -Oxfords are for suits - Agreed
    -Black is for suits - Agreed
    -Brown is almost always better than black unless your color range that day is entirely "city" - Agreed
    -Calf should never be burg; burg is for shell - Disagree (see my crust calf Inverness :drool: )
    -No loafers with suits - Disagree. Loafers can be worn with summer suits, think cotton/linen
    -Bulky shoes can be OK with worsteds and other lightweight clothes but dainty shoes look ridiculous with heavy clothes - Strongly disagree. Bulky shoes should not be worn with a suit unless medically prescribed.
    -It's easier to wear a dark shoe with a light suit than the reverse - Agree, but I break this rule often
    -Shell and suede are for fall/winter - Disagree. Suede can be worn year-round. Not into shell but since they wear warm, OK.
    -Tan is for spring/summer - Agree/disagree.


    Partial exceptions:

    -Full brogues are OK with tweed odd jackets - Agreed, but I also wear them with flannel suits (browns)
    -Black, if it is not an oxford, can be worn with a blazer and grays - Black, if it is not an oxford or a slipper should not be worn period
    -Sleek, unlined suede loafers are OK with tweed - I guess
    -White and dirty bucks (i.e., suede) are for summer - My pair are the milkshake saddle shoes, would never wear bucks, dirty or otherwise.
     


  15. JubeiSpiegel

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    My list, based on a more casual lifestyle. I could live with only the following shoes:

    JL City II in black calf
    EG Galway in dark oak grain & walnut country calf
    EG Dover in brown grain calf
    GG St. James in vintage cherry calf
    GG Wigmore in burgundy grain & vintage burgundy calf

    This also substitutes as my personal grail list.
     


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