- Apr 8, 2021
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All good suggestions and options. Looking to add such a Loafer, Goya 117 maybe, narrow pant hem may lend more toward the loafer look. For the boot chukka or even something in the more military style with commando sole if we get snow.If you’ve already got basics covered and know what you like then sure. It doesn’t seem like a first brown oxford to me though if that’s what gap it’s filling.
Speaking from experience - There’s something to be said for building a collection slowly and figuring out what you really want. Grabbing a shoe from a brand, getting a feel for whether you like their stuff, how the last fits you, how you’re going to wear it.
You mentioned mainly trousers or chinos and occasionally a jacket - that sounds like derby to me. The split toe you identified is great and versatile with that but would be tough to dress up with a suit or if you opt to stick with a narrow leg opening - it could potentially be tough if you go for the sleek look in most of your things.
another option if that’s the case that you want to go for a sleek look would be tracking down the 114 on Picasso in dark brown or going MTO (Not my pictures) for a slightly sleeker look that might flow with that aesthetic a little better and might be a little more versatile. Some might disagree but I think it’s also sleek enough to work with a suit in a pinch View attachment 1601367View attachment 1601368
From there once you’ve got fit nailed down and know you like TLB - you could go with an oxford in black, dark brown or burgundy could be good (that dark brown balmoral you posted initially would be a good place holder here) or you could go more casual with the split toe derby you posted.
fourth pair if you opted for split toe and oxford I’d add after doing the split toe and the oxford would be a boot - maybe a chukka in a dark brown suede or a loafer in polo or dark brown suede depending on your region.
Yeah, I’m pretty sold on TLB for value. As for last fitting that was also a concern, so was looking at the dark brown balmoral for versatility along with being Picasso to test the waters and ensure that the last fits for other possible options down the road. The Velazquez while lit doesn’t share last with many other options. Then the wingtip has the shared last, is sleek, is hatch dark brown, so was like maybe could make it work?
I agree with the waiting game to pick exact options, but also need shoes to rotate or risk wearing the early pairs out.
Any light brown opinions? Austerity Brogue Picasso?