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I must have lost my mind this afternoon because I lined up all my dress/casual shoes and asked my lovely wife for her advice. I will spare you the full back and forth but here are some of the highlights (her words):
  • You have too many brown shoes
  • I don't like those McDonald's ones (pointing to the LWB)
  • Why are those so orange (pointing to the AE Wilbert)
  • Those loafers aren't bad but why didn't you get Weejuns (pointing towards Rancounrt Pinch Penny)
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After the initial unprompted comments I asked what she thinks is the next shoe I should buy. After knowing each other for 30 years and married for 20, she is not one to mince words and responded with: Are you ever going back to work? I mostly avoided the question and said that no matter what I will be in a much more casual dress of chinos (and maybe jeans) for work and similar on the weekend. She then took this as another opportunity to remind me how much she hates the "McDonald's shoes" (aka the LWB). I pressed her for an answer and received this response: Well, you should have got a Dirty Buck and a Brown Suede Chukka but since you already have that brown lace up (aka brown suede PTB) I think you need a Tan Suede Chukka.

I remembered someone (maybe @BAK) posted here or on IG that AoM just announced a new Desert Chukka Boot Tan Suede Barrie Crepe that seemed interesting to me. I showed it to my wife and her response was: You showed me it the last time we were at the store [AoM] and I already told you I liked it. I responded with: That one is on a different last, it has a leather sole, and you did not want to be in the store long enough [Covid] for me to try it on. Her final response: They are both Tan Suede Chukkas and only you and those other crazy people on that forum you read would notice the difference because normal people would not.

I will be at AoM this week double checking my size and placing an order. Anyone have advice on how to size for a Barrie lasted unlined Chukka (relative to lined Barrie lasted shoes) in case I can't make it to the store?


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I think your "McDonald's shoes" look great but that categorization is frankly hilarious. My wife would probably say the same. I've been considering a pair of those to round out my collection of plain toe bluchers, oxfords and chukkas.
 

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I think your "McDonald's shoes" look great but that categorization is frankly hilarious. My wife would probably say the same. I've been considering a pair of those to round out my collection of plain toe bluchers, oxfords and chukkas.
They are a 9.5D if that is your size and you want a pair. They are brand new and only tried on indoors on carpet (not even walked in) so I am on the fence about selling them. The Modified last is an even better fit for me than Barrie so I have been considering just getting a few Modified lasted shoes from Moulded in NYC.
 

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I must have lost my mind this afternoon because I lined up all my dress/casual shoes and asked my lovely wife for her advice. I will spare you the full back and forth but here are some of the highlights (her words):
  • You have too many brown shoes
  • I don't like those McDonald's ones (pointing to the LWB)
  • ...
Maybe you need some trousers to go with your LWBs?



Or maybe not.
 

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They are a 9.5D if that is your size and you want a pair. They are brand new and only tried on indoors on carpet (not even walked in) so I am on the fence about selling them. The Modified last is an even better fit for me than Barrie so I have been considering just getting a few Modified lasted shoes from Moulded in NYC.
I'm 8D Barrie which is very comfortable, but I wonder if Modified would be better for me as well since I understand the heel is narrower. But either way, I'll likely hold off on another pair until I confirm what my return to office policy looks like this summer. If it ends up being permanent WFH I might just go full Ronald McDonald suit with shoes and all.

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On closer inspection though, those look more like pitt boots with commando sole in shell color #2.
 

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Ravello LWBs for a work Tuesday.

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