Unable to wear black shoes anymore!

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Maximus Mark, Jul 11, 2006.

  1. Strokeman

    Strokeman Active Member

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    I love black shoes. You guys are nuts.

    Agreed. I love my black shoes as well. Brown is lovely, eye catching and I have more browns than blacks, but when it's time to be serious at work then black easily rules. For me at least:

    Dress shoes = business shoes. Business = serious. Serious = black shoes. Simplistic perhaps, but business is not immune from bouts of curious attitudes, ill-considered points of view and other human frailties.

    On a somewhat unrelated point, brown shoes and dark suits can sometimes make me feel like a chihuahua. Thankfully I'm 6'4" so my clients are less likely to think the way I feel. [​IMG]
     
  2. Tibo

    Tibo Senior member

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    There are situations where black shoes are _required_. In a conservative business environment (and there are quite a couple of those: professional services, public affairs, corporate lawyers, investment banking), brown shoes can easily be frowned upon.

    Plus, black shoes from a good shoemaker and with a nice shine actually *are* nice.
     
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    Well I am getting older so maybe my wife will bury me in the AEs and sell the MacKays on the forum to get some spending money.

    Perry [​IMG]


    Shoes are not worn in coffins.
     
  4. Film Noir Buff

    Film Noir Buff Senior member

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    On a somewhat unrelated point, brown shoes and dark suits can sometimes make me feel like a chihuahua. Thankfully I'm 6'4" so my clients are less likely to think the way I feel. [​IMG]

    That's very interesting. An evil Chihuahua? (puts pinky to mouth, Dr Evil style)


    I agree with Tibo, and not just because I love belgian chocolates, good quality black shoes look rich and gather their own unique patina.
     
  5. thinman

    thinman Senior member

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    Black shoes have their place.

    Tom


    Agreed. Although I now own many more pairs of brown shoes than black, thanks to StyleForum and AAAC, there are times when black is just more appropriate. I would guess that roughly 1/3 of my shoes are black, but I wear them much less often than my beloved brown shoes. Brown shoes can just take on such a rich patina that black can't possible match.[​IMG]
     
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    ATM Senior member

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    what does the "x" mark mean?
    The caption says "Thumbs down".
     
  7. gorgekko

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    However, I am now unable to wear any of my black shoes because, damnit, I think they look ugly with everything and extremely dull, not to mention every other man I see has these unsightly black square/STEEL-toed abominations. I spent a fair bit on them too, mostly AE's at near retail.
    I think you drank too much AAAC/SF kool-aid. Black is a colour (yeah, yeah, I know) and limiting yourself from a colour because other people think it shows limited imagination, shows limited imagination yourself. Take what people editorialize upon here and AAAC as suggestions or musings, not gospel. Meanwhile, I wear black shoes and I feel fine.
     
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    Jovan Banned for Good

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    Anyone with good black shoes in US 11 who don't need them anymore may drop them off at my house. Thank you.
     
  9. aportnoy

    aportnoy Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    One thing I will say is that I wear black shoes far more often in fall and winter as the fabrications and colors that i wear in the summer almost always lend themselves more favorably to brown shoes.
     
  10. Tomasso

    Tomasso Senior member

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    I think you drank too much AAAC/SF kool-aid.

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  11. gorgekko

    gorgekko Senior member

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    One thing I will say is that I wear black shoes far more often in fall and winter as the fabrications and colors that i wear in the summer almost always lend themselves more favorably to brown shoes.

    I've found the same thing myself.
     
  12. luk-cha

    luk-cha Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    i have this problem too! but i am not permitted to where other colored shoe other than black - stupid HK old fashion office dress codes - but i also remember reading that in the city people that wear brown shoe were concidered un trustworthy!!
     
  13. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Senior member

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    Folks, black is one of many shoe colors. Some people like black shoes (including me). Some can do without black shoes. Some like cowboy boots, some don't. Some like squared-toe shoes, some can't abide them. etc
    It's neither a sin or virtue to wear black shoes. It's a choice--not a religion.
     
  14. creat3cp

    creat3cp Well-Known Member

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    kitonbrioni, you have a nice blog. Can we exchange links? yes, most guys will have at least a pair of black shoe I guess if they need to attend formal dinner. Cannot imagine black suit with other colour shoes.
     
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