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Thoughts on these Balmoral's for my first dress shoes? Feedback appreciated

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by surf2japan, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. surf2japan

    surf2japan Member

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    Jun 11, 2012
    Hello SF,

    I'm a 28 year old who is just now starting his adult wardrobe. Previously I had no idea how to dress, and shopping involved a lot of frustrated buying of childish clothing that I didn't wear and ultimately just wasted money on. I've read a lot of these forums and other style blogs around the net and am starting to understand the investment in more expensive clothing that will have value, last longer, and that I'll enjoy wearing.

    That said I am looking to try and build the staples of a complete wardrobe and have seen suggestions that some nice shoes would be a good place to start. I would like to pick up two pairs, one black and one brown that will look good, last a while, and be versatile with my future clothing. I was browsing the Barney's website and found some nice looking dress shoes that are on sale, I would really like to get some opinions on these before I make a purchase so I know that I'm making a smart investment. That said, here are the two I'm considering:

    Black Cap-Toe Balmoral
    I'm a size 12, so the thought was that maybe a cap-toe would be better than a plan-toe that could make my feet look very long

    Brown Wingtip Balmoral
    Thought these look pretty slick, but not sure how versatile wingtips are.

    Thanks for reading, your feedback would be extremely appreciated.

    P.S. If it's relevant, I'm also looking at getting a navy and charcoal suit. Right now my thought is to get 2 BB suiting essential suits in a milano cut, so these shoes would be paired with those suits (unless you folks have a better suggestion, indochino? jcrew ludlow?)

  2. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    Good logic about the cap-toe vs. plain-toe (presuming size 12 is big for whatever height you are). Both those shoes should be versatile enough for most workplaces. It's risky to buy without trying on first, though. If possible, it makes sense to hold off on one of the pairs until satisfied with how the first pair is doing.

  3. minervau

    minervau Senior member

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    May 6, 2010
    Go with the first one, it'll be more useful to you. Wingtips are great but probably not an everyday shoe, better as part of a rotation.

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