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Wedding shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by kaisermatt, Aug 4, 2014.

  1. kaisermatt

    kaisermatt New Member

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    I'm in a more formal wedding, black tie optional, and realized I don't have any black oxford style shoes that would work for the occasion. My budget is pretty set at right around a $100 and on Macy's. Macy's is having a 25% off sale so I was going to try to take advantage of it this week. These are shoes I might wear a couple times a year to weddings etc. I'm a 9.5 and might need a wide depending on the shoe.
    Which of these is the lesser of the "evils" to pair with a darker grey Ralph Lauren suit?

    http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/...E_TYPE=Oxfords&sp=1&spc=71&ruleId=66&slotId=1

    http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/..._TYPE=Oxfords&sp=1&spc=71&ruleId=66&slotId=20

    http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/..._TYPE=Oxfords&sp=1&spc=71&ruleId=66&slotId=21

    http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/..._TYPE=Oxfords&sp=1&spc=71&ruleId=66&slotId=24

    http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/..._TYPE=Oxfords&sp=2&spc=71&ruleId=66&slotId=44
     


  2. blackadder

    blackadder Well-Known Member

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    The only one of those shoes that is actually a black cap toe oxford is the second one. The others are derbies. It's also in my opinion the least horrible design, probably because it isn't a derby pretending to be an oxford.

    As for the quality... at least it doesn't market itself as machine washable. If you bought a suit from Ralph Lauren it's hard to understand the $100 limit for shoes.
     
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  3. kaisermatt

    kaisermatt New Member

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    Thanks for the information on the difference between the shoes, I was looking at them as all "Oxfords". The suit was on sale at Macy's earlier this summer, it's a "Lauren Ralph Lauren" for a decent bit under $200. From a quick look on the site, not considered a real Ralph Lauren.
     


  4. Reynolds

    Reynolds Well-Known Member

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    +1 to the second option in the lineup. Couldn't say it any better than blackadder did.

    If I may offer you an alternative?

    I noticed a few of the options lingering around the $170 price point. If you could stretch your budget ever so slightly I'd suggest these?

    http://www.herringshoes.co.uk/product-info.php?&brandid=6&shoeid=6013

    At least then you'd be wearing a goodyear welted, English made shoe that has a sensible toebox and isn't too gaudy.

    All the best with whichever one you choose.
     
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  5. Shawl Lapel

    Shawl Lapel Senior Member

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    Of those, the second one.
     


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    Zeppelin Senior Member

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    +1, and a big fat +1 to the herringshoes-idea. If you compare the pictures alone, you quickly see that the CK shoe can't even hold a candle in comparison.

    The Florsheim Derby is the only other shoe worth mentioning here. While it isn't an Oxford, like others have pointed out before, it looks half decent and I bet most ppl wouldn't be able to tell the difference to a 'proper' evening wear shoe. That being said, the options mentioned above are superior.
     


  7. kaisermatt

    kaisermatt New Member

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  8. Shawl Lapel

    Shawl Lapel Senior Member

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    Also a good option. Are you going to wear these aside from at weddings? If you're going to put them in a regular rotation it'll be worth looking at quality and construction. If it's an occasion shoe, get what you like and what's' cheaper.
     


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