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Thoughts on "lace-ups without laces look" slip-on shoes?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by TimelesStyle, Jun 8, 2012.

  1. TimelesStyle

    TimelesStyle Senior member

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    Going to be traveling in Europe in a few weeks and am at a bit of a loss for what "nice" shoe to buy/bring. It's going to be a very casual trip, where I'll need nothing more formal than nice jeans. I'll be wearing sneakers for walking around during the days (don't worry, not "look at me, I'm an American tourist" sneakers) but want something else for evenings.

    I'd like to to be a slip-on and would prefer it not be a boot (heat and a desire to do only carry-on luggage) but I'm also not a huge fan of loafers and jeans (since there will often be that space where you see sock and the jeans can slip under the tongue of a loafer). Then today I saw some shoes that are meant to look like lace-ups but without laces, though they have an elastic band under the tongue to which everything is attached. They were on the clearance rack at Barney's and were light weight with a fairly thin rubber sole, so still suitable for walking (if not cabbing to dinner).

    These seemed casual but nice enough for dinners out, just not sure how I feel about the look. The toe was also a bit wider/boxier than i usually go for, but not to the point of looking blockish and I found myself thinking that this may actually be advantageous for walking since my toes wouldn't be squished the way they are in some of my more elongated shoes.

    They're similar to this, but in brown suede:

    http://www.barneys.com/Barneys-New-...0209,default,pd.html?cgid=mens-shoes&index=31

    Or you could say they're similar to this, but laceless:

    http://www.barneys.com/Barneys-New-...7762,default,pd.html?cgid=mens-shoes&index=28
     


  2. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    niether are particularly impressive in terms of quality and the toe box is indeed blocky.

    if you must, go for the suede with jeans - the black is too formal.
     


  3. TimelesStyle

    TimelesStyle Senior member

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    Yes, I probably should have been more specific on the black leather vs. brown suede point; the ones I saw in-store were brown suede laceless, so the style/material was the same as the brown suede wingtip, but the no-laces look was the same as the black.

    The only redeeming quality of the toe box is that it's fairly flat, so doesn't have that Kenneth Cole mid-90s douchebag look.

    As for quality, I realize that, but I'm getting down to the wire in terms of time and for the price that's not my top concern. Have the rest of the weekend to look so no commitments yet.
     


  4. Hayward

    Hayward Senior member

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    There is a reason those shoes are on sale.

    Unless you want to go the Churchill style route (a bit much with jeans), I would stick to:

    1) loafers
    2) monk straps
    3) if you need them, elastic shoelaces
    4) boat shoes
     


  5. KObalto

    KObalto Senior member

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    They will make you look like you just broke out of jail. No.
     


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  7. F. Corbera

    F. Corbera Senior member

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    Edward Green gusseted captoes in reverse calf (for Ralph Lauren Purple Label), 88 last.


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  8. JakeLA

    JakeLA Senior member

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    good god
     


  9. Jackie Treehorn

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    As with most sartorial matters, it is useful to consider the origins of a certain look. In the case of laceless sneakers (and now, evidently, dress shoes), the look traces its roots to prison, wherein inmates are not permitted to wear laces for fear of their use as weapons of homicide or suicide.

    If I were the sort who stepped out in laceless oxfords, I'd want to accessorize appropriately, i.e., with teardrop facial tattoo and a ready toothbrush shank in my breast pocket. That way, people who complained about my choice of attire would be forewarned that I wouldn't think twice to ice a bitch.
     
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  10. F. Corbera

    F. Corbera Senior member

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    Jesus wore shoes without laces.
     


  11. sportin_life

    sportin_life Senior member

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    The brown ones are okay, can probably do better though for similar price.
     


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    Yeah, he and his cousin Eduardo were my cellies up in San Quentin.
     


  13. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    This. I hate the laceless look with oxfords.
     


  14. earthdragon

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    And look how things worked out for him....
     


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    Not really a fan, personally.
     


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