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What is the classic spec. for these shoe types?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by kolecho, Jan 5, 2005.

  1. kolecho

    kolecho Well-Known Member

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    What is generally accepted as the classic leather material (calf, suede, cordovan, etc), colour and toe design for the following shoes types? I am referring to plain designs without brouging:

    Captoe oxford: (eg: black calf, round toe etc)

    Wholecut oxford:

    Side gusset:

    Monkstrap, single strap:

    Chukka boot:

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Manton

    Manton Well-Known Member

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    There is no clear or easy answer here. All of these shoes have been and are properly made in a variety of leathers and colors, with a variety of toe designs. I will say that, historically, the most classic version of the single strap monk is in brown calf with a plain toe. But others will dispute my claim by showing you fine examples of other shoes that deviate from this, and I for one am not prepared to argue that they are all wet.
     
  3. Will

    Will Well-Known Member

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    Manton is, as usual, right.

    For example, I will disagree with him and state that the classic monk is black leather, quoting from half a dozen different sources.

    And the next poster will be able to do the same from his own perspective.

    Will
     
  4. STYLESTUDENT

    STYLESTUDENT Well-Known Member

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    I'd think that the classic chukka boot is a tobacco suede with plain toe. Naturally, per Manton's dictum, all the forum members who recently purchased the Polo cordovan boot will disagree. Here's an example: Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â http://www.churchsshoes.com/TEMPLAT....oup=101
     
  5. kolecho

    kolecho Well-Known Member

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    Hmmm.....

    Would it help if we defined what setting those shoe types would be used in, whether it is for business or casual?
     

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