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The State of Black Tie: Your Observations

ZRH1

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thank you for your replies.

As for what I don't like about my C&J patents, it is the patent itself, as I like a muted look and a shiny shoe is not something I like, yet at the same time if I do Black Tie, I would like to have proper shoes and not settle for calf cap toe, hence the query about opera pumps.

As for EG's pump, I did not find that, as their search functions gave zero hits when inputting patent/pump(s).
 

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As for EG's pump, I did not find that, as their search functions gave zero hits when inputting patent/pump(s).
It’s not available on their website. I suggest you email them directly or look around on the various online EG retailers for your size.
 

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Per Kirby Allison (link below), you'd likely have to go custom made to find an opera pump in calfskin rather than patent leather.

Like you, I don't like patent leather. I used to roll with the cap toe (I'm a strong shoe shiner). But more recently switched over to a plain toe, whole cut blucher (horrors!) that I think is a bit better for BT. No cap seam on the toe and no oxford seams going around the sides offsets (imo) the open laces (which are mostly covered by your pants anyway). Very smooth leather, so it high shines easily for BT. And ok for normal wear with a brush shine.

Kirby says you are good so long as it is black, shiny, sleek and plain. He'd tell you to go calfskin whole cut oxford. But I think a two or three eyelet plain toe derby calfskin (like Bond wears) looks pretty swank for BT.


 
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I went with a black suede Belgian loafer.

Not to disagree with Mr Allison, but there are calfskin opera pumps available.

As Andy and Mark from
Plano said, Brooks carries them from time to time,

There’s these

Im sure there’s others
 

Mark from Plano

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Not to disagree with Mr Allison, but there are calfskin opera pumps available.

As I live in the Dallas area I’ve used Kirby’s shoe shine service from time to time…including once a couple of years ago when I took my calfskin opera pumps to him for a mirror shine.

Not that he does them himself. He has a guy…
 

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As referenced, St Crispins:
 

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i've got a Brooks bros opear pump in patent and its gangster. when else are you ever going to wear shiny shoes with bows on them? that's the ultimate "fvck yov deal with it" move you can make.
 

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I have a pair of black suede opera pumps I really love...but I also have like 5 pairs of opera pumps in different leathers.
 

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i've got a Brooks bros opear pump in patent and its gangster. when else are you ever going to wear shiny shoes with bows on them? that's the ultimate "fvck yov deal with it" move you can make.
I picked up a pair of the older Brooks Brothers opera pumps in patent as well. I assumed they would be a temporary solution until I found something I liked better. However, they’re great and I think they’ll do just fine. I have no plans to replace them.
 

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Other options are the Meermin linea maestro, but haven’t had great experience with them, though the shoes look lovely the sizing is hard to get right for my wide feet
 

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i've got a Brooks bros opear pump in patent and its gangster. when else are you ever going to wear shiny shoes with bows on them? that's the ultimate "fvck yov deal with it" move you can make.
I like that - not sure I’d have the requisite confidence
 

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FWIW (not much), I'd go just about any acceptable/acceptable adjacent shoe over patent opera pumps. Not a fan of patent in general, but opera pumps would be lowest on the list.
I'd take calfskin pumps or wholecut oxfords in a heartbeat
 

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